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can you identify this knife?

Postby steev_in_az » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:50 pm

Hello,
I am new here. Could someone please identify the markings on this switchblade which I recently acquired from my grandfathers's estate? From what I have been able to find through the internet, this is a shell-puller, spring knife which was made in Solingen and was most likely a paratrooper knife. I have not been able to identify the maker (G.K.S.) or the foundry marks on the blade. Any help would be appreciated. This knife has been in storage for at least 55 years.
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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby sammy the blade » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:15 pm

Probably German but someone will come along soon that will know something about it.

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Bill DeShivs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:02 pm

German. Probably made by Wilhelm Weltersbach.
NOT a paratrooper knife.
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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Jay Blade » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:39 am

Bill DeShivs wrote:German. Probably made by Wilhelm Weltersbach.
NOT a paratrooper knife.

Is that a Johnny Cade Springer?

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Bill DeShivs » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:56 am

It pretty much is.
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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby JimBrown257 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:34 am

It seems like the "Spring Knife" bolsters are a lot more rare than the "Springer" ones.

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Panzerfaust » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:29 am

I've never seen one marked Spring knife, which in German is springmesser. I believe "Springer" is an abbreviation of springmesser or a nickname. And yes, your knife is a "Cade Blade," other than his was probably marked "Springer."

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby eddymunster » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:05 pm

Great looking piece!

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Tkreil66 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:53 pm

What a great example of a well crafted German Shell Puller, my personal favorite. Great score !!
I have a German Bazar Shell Puller with Spring knife on bottom bolster. Impressively restored by Bill

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby JimBrown257 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:29 pm

Panzerfaust wrote:I've never seen one marked Spring knife


I actually thought I had never seen one but then I looked through some JC Knife pics and a few of them do say Spring Knife. Here is one:
https://www.talkblade.info/viewtopic.php?t=9059

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby big_slim » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:23 am

"I actually thought I had never seen one but then I looked through some JC Knife pics and a few of them do say Spring Knife. Here is one:"

That one actually says "Springer Konig". I can't remember ever seeing one marked Spring Knife.

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby steev_in_az » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:44 pm

Hi everyone, thanks for the replies! I had no idea an item like this was so sought after, I've learned a lot from you folks! After doing a little digging, I have found that the tang stamp in the first picture appears to be depicting blacksmith tools, if that helps shed any light. I look forward to eventually solving this mystery! - S

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby Bill DeShivs » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:23 pm

Most markings on knives are the retailer's marking, rather than the maker.
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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby JimBrown257 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:11 am

big_slim wrote:That one actually says "Springer Konig". I can't remember ever seeing one marked Spring Knife.


You're right; that one doesn't say "Spring Knife". I guess I have never seen that bottom bolster stamp before.

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Re: can you identify this knife?

Postby steev_in_az » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:19 am

Here is a knife with "Spring Knife" on the bottom bolster

viewtopic.php?t=23253


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