Item D9 -  C. J. Kimball & Co.  (Bennington, NH) 10” Straight Draw Knife

 Roger Smith has written about the history of  Caleb Jewett Kimball’s draw knife manufactury in Bennington, New Hampshire, noting Kimball founded an edge tool dynasty in New Hampshire as early as 1841, and later formed C.J. Kimball & Son, in 1872.  When he retired about 1892 the company continued as C.J. Kimball & Co, making draw knives for Keen Kutter among others, until 1900.  The earlier mark was stamped, while the later one (on this knife) is an elaborate etching.  Kimball made an extremely handsome drawknife that features a smooth, delicately rounded taper on the upper surface of the blade.  They are instantly identifiable when you see one across the room.  The handles of his draw knives are usually made of turned cherry.  This 10 inch knife has all the Kimball characteristics, including turned cherry handles and the etched mark (light)  that was used after 1872.  The blade is deep, but is darkly (and evenly) tarnished.  The ferrules and full handle endcaps solid and tight.  The cherry handles have wear and a slight crack or two.  But on the whole this is solid draw knife that can stand a honing of the blade, and then do some serious work.  The wingspan on this knife is 17 inches.  Good+

  Price - $35.00

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