California Style Bowie

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Based on the Cooper name in a Spread Eagle mark on the blade, this knife would have been made sometime between 1968 and 1978. The top edge is sharpened back approximately 4 inches from the hilt and the blade has a maximum width of 2 inches with a spine thickness of 1/4 inch. Like so many of Mr. Cooper's "made to be used" knives, this one is solid, well balanced and heavy, weighing approximately 1 lb. 15 oz.The sides of the blade show mars and scratches, as does the hilt. Also, the rivet for the hilt snap on the sheath is broken. While these imperfections must be considered, this knife is still a fine example of the work from one of the pioneer custom fixed blade makers. Blade Steel: Tool Steel - Hollow Ground
Cooper, John Nelson
John N. Cooper (1906-1987) The Cooper Knife is one of the oldest continually manufactured custom knives known. Beginning in 1924 when John Nelson Cooper, as a hobby, began making knives for the local townspeople of Tremont, Pennsylvania. Since that first knife, the Cooper Knife has evolved into a totally new patented process of manufacturing the sporting blade.The first knives were for the working farmer and housewives but as the popularity of a good serviceable knife grew so did his designs. Soon He was making a complete line of knives for hunters, police, military, fisherman, campers and the all around sportsman. Primarily using conventional methods of attaching the handle, it was noted that the acids and dirt would be built up around the tang and hilt area causing the knife to loosen and literally fall apart. Studying the problem, He developed a totally new method of assembling the knife into a solid, bonded unit. This involved welding, brazing and epoxy that left no joint open or that could be opened, in a lifetime or more of use. The process was so unique that it was granted two United States patents #3,481,038 and #3,595,104.
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California Style Bowie