Saphir Transitional

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Corvus
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Saphir Transitional

Postby Corvus » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:53 am

Saphir is a seldom seen mark from the transitional period that was used on picklocks with mostly SS blades in the '50s, and swivels from the early to mid '60s. This one is 20.5cm/8.1" and appears to be in unused/mint condition save for a couple o' bug bites on the rear scale. It fires super-hard; in fact, too hard for my tastes. You really need a firm grip on this lit'l sucker or it'll leap outta your hand and head off for parts unknown. It has the usual transitional lined and soldered nickle silver bolsters, two-piece spring, D-stamped liner, and low button placement.

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JulesVane
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby JulesVane » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:08 am

Oh no! There's that word again: "Transitional" lol! (kidding). It's another beauty Rick!
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Corvus
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Corvus » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:15 am

Thanks, Chris. And hey - at least I didn't call it a tranny, though I was sorely tempted. :?

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby gravknife » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:33 am

Great knife Corvus.

These" transitionals "are always great quality and that one has some pretty horn,and is in lovely condition.

I love the power of these when they are fired and they do sometimes feel like they will leave the hand.
I have a few similar to yours but never had a "saphir" marked piece.

Congrats on your find

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Corvus
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Corvus » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:42 am

Thanks, Grav.

Seems like the so called transitional period knives are a good way to get into decent quality vintage stilettos without tearing up the wallet too much.

There're a couple of guys over at the SD forum with small Saphir collections. I think the largest one totals around seven knives, mostly picklocks, so it's a pretty rare stamp.

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Luke_of_Mass » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:52 am

Great knife! love the scales! cherish it!!
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby texans123 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:38 pm

Beautiful knife with great horn.

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Tom19176 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:42 am

Great knife and a REAL Transitional one !!! Some people call things they want to sell Transitional...lol

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby JulesVane » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:53 am

Tom19176 wrote:Great knife and a REAL Transitional one !!! Some people call things they want to sell Transitional...lol

Tom...that's exactly what I meant by "Oh no, there's that word again, "transitional""...What a confusing term. It WAS my understanding that the "Transitional Period" was a period of time, and that those knives made during that time period were "transitional" knives....but noooo....lol. But, I don't really want, yet another, discussion on that term here. Rick's knife above is just a pure beauty!
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby JulesVane » Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:56 am

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portlandmike
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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby portlandmike » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:25 am

..I can't believe I didn't see that one.. gotta adjust my searches

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Simpson Man » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:18 pm

Nice looking knife, great horn!!

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Vanderslice » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:26 pm

I really enjoy the clean look of the blade. It's a classic.

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Re: Saphir Transitional

Postby Corvus » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:27 am

Thanks for the kind words, guys.


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