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VA Beach Era Dagger

by Cooper, John Nelson

SKU 1050466

Date Added 07/25/2022

# Available 1

Price $1,695.00


This dagger by John Nelson Cooper features a satin finished double edged blade, .214" blade stock and 1.26" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a brass guard and butt, black paper and canvas micarta grip. Has some light scratches. Excellent condition for the age. 

Note from the consignor:

This dagger was carried by me for two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. I was an Army door gunner on a helicopter gun ship in the 173rd AHC, 1st aviation brigade and infantry squad leader/platoon sgt. It's now time to pass it on for someone else to keep and enjoy this vintage piece of craftsmanship. 

Product Details

Blade Length 6.75

Overall Length 11.5

Weight (oz) 12.5

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Hidden Tang

Blade Material Unknown

Blade Details Dagger

Handle Material Metallic, Micarta

About the Maker

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. The process was so unique that it was granted two United States patents #3,481,038 and #3,595,104.

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