Knives found in father-in-law's cabin

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Sadly, my father-in-law passed on 2 years ago, and a few months ago we finally made it out to his secluded cabin in the mountains (it took us awhile because the only way out there is a 4x4 or horses and hours on a rocky dirt road).

I found these two knives, and my mother-in-law said I could have them. The longer one appears to be a Western "Baby Shark" from just after WW2, and I don't know anything about the smaller one, but either will probably make a decent patch knife.

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I'm sorry you lost your father-in-law. He must have been an interesting man. He sure did have a good eye for cutlery. Those are both of twentieth-century manufacture, as you know, but they have been around for a while. I like old steel. It seems to have some intrinsic quality that makes the best cutting, best wearing blades. Those knives have a lot of character, and a lot of life left in them.

Could we see a photo of the other side of each knife? Are there any identifying marks or stamps on the lower blade?

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Both knives appear to be Westerns

The stag handled skinning knife appears to be a Western 539; the wood (or stacked leather) handled knife is their Bowie
 
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we finally made it out to his secluded cabin in the mountains (it took us awhile because the only way out there is a 4x4 or horses and hours on a rocky dirt road). The cabin sounds interesting also!!! But that's a story for another thread
 

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we finally made it out to his secluded cabin in the mountains (it took us awhile because the only way out there is a 4x4 or horses and hours on a rocky dirt road). The cabin sounds interesting also!!! But that's a story for another thread
Yes indeed. I didn't get to know my father-in-law very well, but I know he was a lover of the wilderness. Perhaps I'll share some photos of the "cabin" in another thread.
 

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zneufeld:
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father in law. Just my $0.02 b ut the antler handled one looks very much like a Schrade "Old Timer" skinning knife. Very popular in the 60's. Not certain about prior to that?
Looking forward to pics. of the cabin.
Again, all just my $0.02. I've been known to be wrong, Ask my wife. She'll verify that. :thumb: :)
God bless:
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Ok, here are a few photos of the cabin I mentioned and the surrounding property. After about a 2 1/2 hour drive on rocky dirt roads, assuming you don't get lost, you arrive at a gate on a ridge.
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About a mile more down into a wide canyon is the cabin. Just enough space inside for a small desk, countertops, and two bunks. Can't find my photo of the inside at the moment.
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The place needs work, but my father-in-law's health wasn't good in his later years, and he hadn't been able to keep it up. I hope to make it out there more often to spruce up the place.
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A stone's throw away is a steep canyon with a pretty river at the bottom.
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we finally made it out to his secluded cabin in the mountains (it took us awhile because the only way out there is a 4x4 or horses and hours on a rocky dirt road). The cabin sounds interesting also!!! But that's a story for another thread
Won't be secluded once rumor gets around he buried bag of 1930's gold coins up there!:)
 

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Ok, here are a few photos of the cabin I mentioned and the surrounding property. After about a 2 1/2 hour drive on rocky dirt roads, assuming you don't get lost, you arrive at a gate on a ridge.
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About a mile more down into a wide canyon is the cabin. Just enough space inside for a small desk, countertops, and two bunks. Can't find my photo of the inside at the moment.
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The place needs work, but my father-in-law's health wasn't good in his later years, and he hadn't been able to keep it up. I hope to make it out there more often to spruce up the place.
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A stone's throw away is a steep canyon with a pretty river at the bottom.
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Knockout beautiful!
 

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