Here are a couple I would like to submit as examples. The one on top was made some place so primitive that there are no apparent identification marks whatsoever. However, it is a flippin’ solid blade (nope not even type of steel marked). The scales are aluminum, textured very nicely. As you can see there is a glass breaker pommel, and a belt cutter. The black finish on the blade is still quite good. I got it as a freebie, throw down annual gift from the LE agency for which I worked about twenty years ago. I threw it in my glove box and carried it with me for the rest of my career, hardly ever used it, but it was there on the rare occasion. I now EDC it in a pouch on my dog walking sling bag with the crap bags, etc..The one on the bottom is a “LifeKnife” I bought when I was a kid. I am 59 years old now. The items between the knives are the original matches, bandaids, and fishing line, hooks, that came with it contained in the hollow plastic handle. The handle actually has Morse code and rescue symbols etched on it. For years I was ashamed I bought it, but it’s been around so long I’m sorta attracted to it now. The blade is 440 “made in Japan”, but the knife is US patent pending (pending decades ago that is). It now rests on the work bench in my garage, and I actually reach for it on occasion, even though I always have other blades and MTs on me. It’s just become part of the collection, in ALL its humility.
Funny how some of the knives with names look amazingly like the fatherless fivers ($5 knives) that show up all over the place.... Found a lot over the last few months that were clones of something with a name on it.... Then in some cases you ask, was it made on the same machinery....? and Which came first, the no-name design which a company comes along and says, "Yeah, I like that one, put my name on it" or the company develops a knife, has factory in Asia make it, then factory in Asia says, we can sell more on the side, to other customers....
Doc,It seems your KNIFE WITH NO NAME has another relative. Look at the Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops First Response Rescue Folding Knife 3.3" Black Tanto Combo Blade.
Yeah, that Smith resembles the pattern closely. I didn’t bother to research so I don’t know how long The Extreme Ops has been in production, but as I stated, the Knife with No Name (KWNN) is pushing twenty years old. So, I don’t know which one is the chicken and which is the egg. It has been my experience with S&W (except for revolvers [AWESOME!]) that they can be somewhat hit or miss when it comes to heft. I venerate overbuilt items in all categories, and the KWNN is to drool over in that characteristic. It is as solid a knife as can be hoped for in that size range. I have a Victorinox Resue Tool in my Jeep, and it’s okay for what it is. I look to it more for general cutting tasks when I don’t want to undo my seatbelt to grab the knife in my pocket, or potential seatbelt cutting, etc.. However, if I knew I was going to be confronted with a scenario where I was really going to have to break a window to get to someone, or drive a blade through a windshield repeatedly to make a hole, then cut a seatbelt. I would leave the house that day after having switched out the Vic RT for the KWNN.BTW, I am truly impressed with the eclectic nature of the analogies you use in your posts, from poetry to movie history, very nice.
Thx. I try to make it fun when I can. Forgot to look where you hail from. Re: overbuilt, I get it. I marvel at European finesse. English rightness and elegance. Japanese precision flawless ness. And now the Chinese strength of doing it every which way possible well. The Swedish notion of extreme functionalism relieved by some natural surfaces at point of interface. I try to learn some of the above from other cultures preferences.But at the end of the day I am American and when I have to rely on something through thick and thin, I gravitate to overbuilt and flexible, rather than brilliantly refined. I like SAKs, because they let me have both, but if America ever went back to making utility knives with lots of tools, I could probably be drawn back to a big burly Remington scout. Even my old Imperial Scout feels more trusty to me than my SAK, THOUGH IT PROBABLY ISNT. It still feels more right to me than a SAK, but I want I the tool density of a SAK.Maybe it’s the old GM pickup truck paradigm. It’s over built compared to a GM car. In a car I would like some style and ruggedness is secondary. In a pickup truck that I am going use rough, and rely on for work, I want something so simple and rugged it runs bad forever and I can just keep fixing it with bailing wire, a big socket wrench, an owners manual, and a junk yard nearby. Too many cylinders. Too much weight. Too light in the rear till you load it. A little too rough riding. A little too noisy. A bed scratched and rusted. But you just never have to baby it, or think about whether to drive across that pasture, or up that washed out road, etc. But a GM truck is under built compared to a DIAMOND T. If you have never ridden or seen one in the metal, try to. Those were like shrunk down over the road rigs. But I digress. Pick up an M-1 Garand, or a BAR. OR A 1911. Over. Built. Even for the worst war conditions. Hell, get in a wwii vintage US trainer! Over. Built.Look at a B-17. Hardly the best bomber. But man could that thing take hits and keep flying. Over. Built.Americans like overbuilt stuff even though our accountants and financiers forced us into value engineering (cheapened crap).Alden shoes. Over. Built.What was good about early Gerber, Benchmade and Spyderco? Over. Built.Look at old Sunbeam toasters, electric skillets, and vacuum coffee pots. Insanely over built. They were built to last 50 years. We even have a tendency to admire foreign made products that are over built. Ever since E Tripper showed me an Off Grid knife from the Bestech folks I can’t get it out of my head because of how overbuilt it looked. I went to their website. OMG! Their brand should be OVERBUILT, not Off Grid.Love me some overbuilt.What do I keep by me at night on the night stand when I sleep, or hike with? A military surplus Camillus fighting knife! Over built. If I thought I could get away with it, I would carry it everywhere. Best knife ever? Not by a mile. But over built? You bet!
Oooh! A new LDDNK!!Old single blade with wood scales and a bail tange stamped: Camillus Cutlery Co.Camillus N.Y.Blade ground with a drill abrasive!!Either a sheep’s foot, or a hawks beak with the beak ground off.The blade looks like hell, as if it came through a worm hole in time with plasma burn!!But it said, “Hey, pal, I will cut for you, if you get me out of this rust bucke tool box in a thrift store. I at least deserve burial at sea! They’re only asking 75 cents! Get me outta here!!!!”
That's a 1944 pattern Coast Guard Knife. I've seen a guy selling those suckers for $30 in just as bad of a condition.
And probably looks like that because it was sharpened on a grinding wheel in a cutter's machine shop. They all were.