Are these 3 worth fixing?

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button_man
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Are these 3 worth fixing?

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According to Mark Erickson, these three knives -- if original / MINT condition -- would all be valued at around 250+ each.
The yellow Shur-Snap and yellow Snappy just need new springs. The Shur-Snap has a tiny bit of S2S blade wobble.
The knife with simulated jigged-bone scales has no spring, and significant blade wobble.

According to M.E. the brass button on the yellow Shur-Snap indicates very early manufacture: late 1940s / early 1950s.
The large non-brass button on the Snappy indicates early 1950s.
The faux-bone knife also has the large non-brass button from the early 1950s.

The faux-bone knife is notable for its carbon steel blade, similar to the N.Y. souvenir knife shown on page 44 of M.E.'s book.
Only two or three knives in the 'Colonial' chapter have carbon steel blades; all the other knives have what are called
"high carbon blades" on page 48 (card knife store displays) which appear to be cheap stainless steel.
Interestingly, Mr. Erickson does not mention steel differences in Colonial knives at all.

I have noticed that there isn't a whole lot of apparent interest in the 1950s American spring-knives on this site;
and as we all know, in the collecting world, there is often a big difference in Book Value vs. real-world value.
Are these knives worth the expense and effort of having them repaired? Thanks ~ ~ ~
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sammy the blade
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Re: Are these 3 worth fixing?

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Sure, why not.
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button_man
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Re: Are these 3 worth fixing?

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Well, one reason that leaps to mind is that it will probably cost a couple hundred dollars.....
I simply don't know enough about the current market to decide whether it will be worth the expense.
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There is no difference between "carbon steel," and "high carbon steel" blades. All of those are the same steel. One has oxidized.
They are worth repairing, but I doubt you'll make any money on the deal-but you'll have working knives.
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button_man
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Re: Are these 3 worth fixing?

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Very interesting! Thanks Bill...! The photo doesn't show the difference as well as you could see in real life; but honestly,
you would think they are completely different alloys. (I only have $50 into the 3 pieces so far; so repairs are the only
significant cost in the equation. I know they are just cheapo 'card knives' but I like them and may get them fixed anyway.
However, I've just now looked at the AAPK listings, and I can see that these don't really bring much money. So I dunno...)
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These underrated pocket knives are as refreshing as a cold Pacific Northwest morning! They're what "old-school" pocket autos are all about!
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Re: Are these 3 worth fixing?

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I think so too! Everyone likes the Italian stilettos because "they look mean" but the more I am exposed to the vintage American spring-knives,
the more I am coming to appreciate that they are part of small-town American heritage, with a sort of innocent charm all their own.
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