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I don't really collect knives though I love them all. I only own eight knives.
Six of them are fairly common & modern "working" blades.
One is an older CASE XX hunting knife that is a "hand me down" from a passed friend.
This one is the only rareish one. It's a personal "treasure" of mine. I actually only bought it a few years ago. I just could not pass it up. I'm guessing that it's fairly valuable but I've never had it appraised. The condition of the actual blade is not good at all. The ivory handle has somehow survived intact.
I honestly don't even care what it's worth since it's so damn neat!
It has more value to me than the dollar worth so I'll (for sure) never sell it.
My nephew will eventually own it at some future point in time.
I keep it in the bank S.D.B. with some other truly neat things I'm saving just for him. I still have lots of good years left (I hope) so he'll not be getting it for a while. I'm only going to leave the pic of it posted for a little while.
I just thought that if you folks love knives...you would really enjoy seeing it. It features a 6.5" nicely carved ivory handle & a nice tapered deadly dagger blade.
The detail is super nice on the fantastic "Grim Reaper" skeleton.
The blade is NOT patterned Damascus ~ it's forged but quite pitted plain carbon iron or steel.
The blade was silvered at one point a very long time ago. Only traces of it remain. That is what you are seeing on the blade traces of worn silver and darkish pits.
I am best guessing that the knife is 200 - 300 years old.
I'm asking you please to not copy the photo. I have personal reasons for not wanting any modern copies to be made of this knife.
 

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Good Lord man.

What do you do with that knife? Sacrifice virgins by the full moon?

Definitely one of a kind. I wouldn't worry about anyone trying to copy it. I find it mildly disturbing.

If nothing else some Hollywood prop outfit would covet it...
 

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Never seen another knife like it. Wonder what would happen if you sprayed luminol on it. :medievals
 

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WOW!!

That is one beautiful carving! Do you know anything about the history of it that you can share with us? The carved portion doesn't seem to have been handled too much...edges are still clean and sharp.




Hey, kinda ties in with my avatar!
 

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Thanks

I think the carving is Germanic. Just my gut feeling.
No markings at all...anywhere on the handle or blade.
 

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Work of art!!!! Hard to say more - except I'd love to have that on MY wall!

Oh yes - there is one more word after all - ''exquisite''. :smile:
 

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I collect the odd Grim Reaper items. I have to say that would be one very cool knife to have in my collection. Very well done. Too bad the blade didn't fare better.

-Scott-
 

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If it is truly that old, I'm really surprised the "arm" has not been broken. Nice work though, and hey, the blade gives it character....all old things need to have character....that goes for people too! :tongue:
 

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Scott...You Said:

"I collect the odd Grim Reaper items."
and...one of these days...the Grim Reaper will be collecting us.
 

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.the Grim Reaper will be collecting us.
That is the one given - sadly. But hey - let's make the most of what he lets us have until then.

''Onwards - true soldiers''.
 

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Now THAT is cool. It does look like something with ill intentions, doesn't it. Work of art, QK, congrats on finding that one. :smile:
 

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It is a Memento Mori knife. Memento mori was common throughout all europe since the first beginnings of the black death. The icons of skulls, the grim reaper, and skeletons are all very common in works of art from the middle ages after the plague...
It's a memorial of your own mortality... that death awaits all of us and could be just around the corner for you or anyone.
This knife could have been for anyone of reasonable wealth or office. Nice collection piece.

http://www.romeartlover.it/Mememori.html

Sleep well.
 

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George Hill

George ~ Thanks for the information & the Link.
That was really nice of you & I really appreciate you doing that.
You folks on this forum are absolutely great.
 
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