American Blade 150 Years 1827-1977

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425337
Date Added:
07/20/20
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Price: $2,495.00 Sale Price: $1,150.00
Overview
Rare Bowie knife set. 150th Anniversary Set 1827-1977. 5 different custom made knives including a Crawford Bowie Knife with Jim Bowie portrait & fight scene on the blade, Lile double edged boot dagger / fighting knife. Lile was famous for making the Rambo knife. A.G. Russell & Schrade hunting knives, & a large Case folding knife. All serial numbered 003. Comes with original wooden display box, key and silver coin. Excellent condition. Comes with the May/June 1977 issue of American Blade where this set was first advertised.
Product Details
  • Blade Length
    8.75
  • Overall Length
    13.625
  • Weight (oz)
    33.2
  • Source
    Previously Owned
Additional Specs
  • Knife Type
    Full Tang, Hidden Tang
  • Blade Material
    Unknown
  • Blade Details
    Clip Point, Dagger, Drop Point
  • Handle Material
    Metallic, Micarta, Wood
  • Other Details
    Scrimshawed, Engraved
ABOUT THE MAKER
Case Knives
Our roots extend back to 1889, when four enterprising brothers—William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John, and Andrew Case (a.k.a. “The Case Brothers”)—began selling handcrafted knives from the back of a wagon in upstate New York. John Russell (Russ) Case, the son of W.R., formed W.R. Case & Sons, as it is known today. Russ’s father acted as his son’s consultant, helping to stabilize the company's early finances while building a reputation as the most respected name in American cutlery. Today Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world-famous Zippo® windproof lighter, another family-owned business based in Bradford.
Crawford Knives
Pat Crawford and his son Wes are recognized as leading practitioners of the bladesmith's craft. Their company, Crawford Knives, is located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Pat, a pioneer in the combat folder genre, has been a member of the Knifemakers' Guild since 1973. He was among the first to integrate titanium into his folder, and to skeletonize his frames and handles to reduce weight and enhance the grip of the knife. He uses the stock removal method, specializing in high tech, self defense tactical folders, favoring different and unique knives. Crawford handle materials include wood, ivory, stag horn, micarta, and other exotic materials which are available. They also offer options such as file work, inlays, fancy pen work and special customer requests. Pat says, "The reason I make knives is for the personal satisfaction I receive in being my own boss, and producing a thing of beauty that will stand the test of time." Pat designed the CRKT Point Guard, Crawford / Kasper Folders and Falcon series.
Lile, Jimmy
James Buel Lile (August 22, 1933 – May 5, 1991), known as Jimmy Lile was an American knifemaker from Arkansas. Lile was the son of a coal miner, he made his first knife at the age of eleven by grinding an old file into a blade. In 1971, Lile became a full-time knifemaker and was known as "Gentleman Lile" or "The Arkansas Knifesmith". He was particularly known for his survival knife designs known as "The Mission" series, created by request for Sylvester Stallone to use in his first two Rambo movies. When Lile was approached with the specifications for the Rambo knife, he was told to design it not as a mere "prop" but as a basic tool to perform a variety of tasks. Lile adapted a basic clip point bowie knife which could be used to chop wood and slice food while retaining an edge. He employed a waterproof hollow handle design to store matches, needles, thread, and a compass; the hollow-handle allows the knife to be fitted to a pole to make a spear or gig. The handle was wrapped with nylon line that could be used for fishing or making snares. The tips on the guards were made into a standard and Phillips screwdriver and the spine was serrated. Lile chose to forge the blade of 440C high-carbon steel, which he claimed could cut through the fuselage of an aircraft.

Hi, I’m John Hill, owner of Lile Knives, LLC. Some years ago, I and a former partner purchased all rights to the Lile brand from Marilyn Lile. I have always had the ultimate respect for Marilyn and Jimmy and their products. My goal is to deliver the best custom knife of this type in the world. Our current maker, Vaughn Neeley, is a 37-year, veteran, custom knifemaker. Vaughn uses only the finest materials in the world. Everything is made in his shop with the exception of the compass and twine. They’re all hand-ground, perfectly fitted and finished – custom style. Other people copy Jimmy’s knives, some are okay. We are not the cheapest, but we are the best. Jimmy Lile crafted the legendary First Blood Knife used in Rambo. In honor of his iconic creation, we have continued to produce Jimmy Lile’s knives to the highest standards of custom knife making today. We call these tributes to the Lile legacy, “Next Generation” Lile knives. Jimmy Lile’s life has also been commemorated in our book James B Lile, The Arkansas Knifesmith – Knife Maker to the World. Discussing not only his unique approaches to perfecting his knife designs, the book also gives insight to the upcoming of this amazingly talented knifesmith. Jimmy passed away in 1991.
Russell, A.G.
A.G. Russell passed away October 2018. I was born in Eudora, Arkansas, in the extreme southeast corner. I have been designing knives almost since I could first hold a pencil. When I was nine, my grandfather helped me make my first knife. It was a knife that only a mother could love. But I only improved from there. I made knives for fun until the early 1960s when I started selling them as a business. I have founded the oldest mail order knife business (1964), the oldest knife collectors club (1969-1970), and the oldest after-market knife business (1968). I've had a wonderful fifty plus years in this business. Stage by stage we have outgrown our quarters, to the point that I feel like a chambered nautilus. I moved from my kitchen table to a small building on my farm (1966), and then moved again to a larger but still small building in Springdale (1971). I bought the property and doubled the office space (1974), then in 1995, built a fine new 8,000 sq. ft. building. Very quickly, that space was filled. In March of 2002, we moved into new facilities located on Interstate 49, just up the road from our long-time location in Springdale, Arkansas. We are located just off of Exit 81 (Pleasant Grove). Turn left onto 26th Street and just follow the road until you see our sign on the left. I like to be in the showroom when I can so I can talk about knives with my customers. Stop on in and see me, ask me questions, show me old knives. I'd love to talk with you. In November of 1988, my wife Goldie joined the business. She began by using her art background to produce the best catalog we had ever mailed. We mailed ten times as many catalogs as we had ever mailed before. Every year since 1988, our catalogs have increased in quality, as well as the number mailed. It took Goldie about two years to learn everything that I had learned in a lifetime of designing and making knives, then learning how to market them. By mid-1990, Goldie had assumed more and more responsibility, to the point that she was actually running the company. She is now the president and chief executive officer of this company and runs it better than I ever have, which accounts for our growth. Goldie has now been in the knife business for decades, and is considered an authority on knives. In June 2014 she became the first woman accepted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame, which also made us the first couple to have this honor together. There are now almost 40 of us who work to produce all those catalogs to help you acquire that perfectly suited knife. I design knives, work with knifemakers and with the companies who make the great production knives which we sell. I write copy for the brochures and catalogs, while Goldie does the tough day-to-day grind of running an ever-growing business. One of the reasons we have grown so much is that I stand by our total satisfaction guarantee. It is pretty simple. You, the customer, get to decide what satisfaction is. And you decide how long you are entitled to be satisfied. That means exactly what it sounds like it means - if you buy a knife and don't use it for ten years, and when you do use it you want to return it, do so. If you think that a knife should provide good service for ten years and it only does so for seven years, tell us so. You are in charge of our guarantee. Do people abuse our guarantee? Yes, every once and a while. But I firmly believe that we have the greatest, most trustworthy customers in the world. Because of this we can afford to have the world's strongest guarantee. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with, and know as my friends, the great knifemakers of the 20th Century; men such as R. W. (Bob) Loveless, R. L. (Bob Dozier), D'Alton Holder, Jess Horn, Ron Lake, Buster Warenski and D. E. (Ed) Henry. Hundreds of very fine knifemakers have blessed me with their friendship, as have thousands of knife collectors. I have been involved with guns and knives most of my life and my life has been much fuller because of that. Founder - A. G. Russell Knives, Inc. (1964) Co-Founder and Honorary President - Knifemakers Guild (1970) President - The Knife Collectors Club (1970) First Honoree - Knife Digest Cutlery Hall of Fame (1974) Honoree - Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame (1988) Regent - The American Knife and Tool Institute.
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