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1940s Aluminum Carver

by Richtig, F.J.

SKU 1066916

Date Added 05/08/2023

# Available 1

Original price $295.00

Price $275.00


This knife by FJ Richtig is from the 1940s, it features a satin finished blade with .061" blade stock and 1.034" blade depth, hidden tang construction with a cast aluminum handle. Stamped "FJR Clark" on the handle. Has some scratches and patina, otherwise fair condition for its age. 

Product Details

Blade Length 8.75

Overall Length 13.375

Weight (oz) 5.1

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Hidden Tang

Blade Material Unknown

Blade Details Clip Point

Handle Material Metallic

About the Maker

Richtig, F.J.

Frank Richtig made knives for about 50 years from the 1930's to the 1970's. He was born in Nebraska in 1887, and became an apprentice blacksmith in 1905, and in 1916 began experimenting with electric heat treating of steel. in 1925 he started producing knives. He produced many styles of cast aluminum handled kitchen knives as well as aluminum and regular handled hunting knives. His main credit would be in his secret tempering method. Where ever he'd set up his wares he'd bring an anvil along and proceed to cut a piece of metal in two and still retain an edge sharp enough to shred paper. In 1936 Frank Richtig appeared in Ripley’s Believe It or Not after using one of his knives to cut the lock from a jail cell. Richtig’s claim to fame, so to speak, was in his blades. Having the proper amount of hardness to cut through steel and iron, and yet be able to maintain a fine cutting edge. It is said that Richtig’s method of treating the steel, a closely guarded secret while he was alive, is is something he took to the grave with him. One of his other unique features was his cast aluminum handles. In 1938 he was declared a Master Ironsmith by the National Blacksmith and Welders Association. Frank passed away in 1977.

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