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Home Products Two Blade Stag and Horn Personal Folder

Two Blade Stag and Horn Personal Folder

by Scagel, William (Bill)

SKU 1669

Date Added 03/29/2005

# Available This product is out of stock

Price $26,500.00


Information on this Bill Scagel piece comes to us through Paul Basch. Every effort to provide accurate and authenticated information is made, but with a knife such as this, it can prove difficult. We are told this was a knife Bill Scagel made in the early 1900's and personally carried and that the shield, on the stag scales, is made from a coin (were the shield removed, the back side would show the coinage - something we are not going to test). The liners appear to be non-magnetic but their metallurgy is unknown. The arrowhead shield is marked "W. Scagel Handmade". The tangs of each blade, while recessed back into the scales, are also stamped "Scagel Handmade". The scales are pinned with steel pins. The source of the steel for the forged blades is unknown. Blade Steel: Forged Steel

Product Details

Closed Length 4.5

Weight (oz) 6.8

Additional Specs

About the Maker

Scagel, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Wales Scagel (1873-1963). Considered to be the foremost pioneer in 20th century custom knifemaking. Scagel began making knives in 1910 while working at lumber camps throughout Michigan and Canada. From 1920 through 1929, Scagel sold his knives through Abercrombie & Fitch of New York and their subsidiaries such as Von Lengerke & Antoine. Scagel made hunting knives, machetes, and axes for the expeditions of the Smithsonian Institution. Scagel made a variety of knives throughout his career including bowie knives, fighting knives, and pocketknives. Scagel used a half stag and half leather stacked washer assembly in his knife handles that became his trademark style. One such Scagel knife provided the influence for Bo Randall to start making his own knives. In 1937, Randall witnessed someone using a Scagel knife to scrape paint off of a boat without damaging the edge of the blade. Randall bought the knife and in the years that followed Scagel became a mentor to Randall, influencing many of his designs. Every knife Scagel made was completely by hand and without modern tools such as a grinder or buffer, his shop was powered off a gasoline engine from an automobile and as a result, the quantity of knives he produced over his 50 years of knifemaking is very low. He made his last knife in 1962, the year before he died. Twenty-three years later he was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1996, Scagel was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.

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