Superb Vintage A.M. Mayhall Custom Clasp Pocket Knife
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Offered for your consideration is a rare vintage custom slipjoint clasp from legendary maker A.M. Mayhall. Mayhall was an early maker of custom folders. He was making slipjoints when very few makers were making folders and really the market for custom fixed blade knives was just getting going. Mayhall was active through the 1960's and 1970's, so most of his work was done before the Knifemaker's Guild even existed. Mayhall died in 1980 and his knives are prized by collectors and very difficult to find today. His knives were very solidly built and are among the tightest, sturdiest slipjoints I've owned. Since we've entered the internet age, hundreds of knifemakers and would-be knifemakers have entered the industry. Some are very talented and produce exceptional knives. A few even produce work comparable to many of the makers in the Knifemaker's Guild. However, a large number simply buy blade blanks and off-the-shelf mounts, put the knife together, add a bit of finish work or filework to the spine, etch their name on the knife and sell the knife as a "handmade custom" knife. Mayhall was a Tennessee timberman and highly skilled craftsman. His knives were made entirely by hand and didn't need to exhibit the flawless, computer-enhanced fit & finish of today's customs. His knives had slight variations, which was, and remains, part of their character and appeal. In Mayhall's day, the slight differences proved to buyers that didn't know the Mayhall name, that his knives were truly hand made. The knife has not been used, carried, or sharpened and remains in excellent condition with no problems at all. The blade shows some very faint shaping lines under the polish but that's just how Mayhall finished his blades. I've owned many of his knives and the blade is full and original. The knife has not been cleaned or buffed and shows no signs of abuse or rough treatment. It has been well cared for and is problem free. The knife was just beautifully made and and exhibits a character and presence that few knives can equal. The knife is very solid and exceptionally tight. The blade's a real "nail ripper" to open. Although it will loosen with a bit of oil and use. It's tight from sitting dormant for several decades and was never broken in. This is the standard feel of an unused Mayhall folder. The tang is marked on both sides. I believe Mayhall began using tang stamps in the late 1960's. The blade precisely ground from carbon steel and is completely free of any corrosion or pitting. It has a mirrored finish and is even free of any patina or carbon fly-specking. The blade has just the slightest bit of side play in the open position if forced. The spring is exceptionally strong and the blade closes with a crisp, very strong snap. The brass bolsters were fitted to perfection and were hand shaped. They were highly finished as well and this knife was kept in a display case, so they're not even tarnished. Just darkened a bit with time and beautifully aged. The handles are of thick stag and the scales were nicely fitted. The stag remains tightly pinned and is free of any chips, cracks, or hairlines. The scales are rich in both color and texture and just have a classic look to them. The knife measures just over 4" closed and 7-1/4" fully opened. The sheath is not the original, as these did not come with sheaths. It's just an extra old Case XX that I had laying around. The sheath shows wear but is free of any damage and fits the knife very nicely. If you appreciate the finest in handmade custom slipjoints, this is an heirloom-quality knife that will be treasured through the generations. A rare knife from this early knifemaking legend!! The knife will be shipped insured which is included in the shipping costs. I'll cover any addtional insurance required by the purchase price. Sorry, but no international shipping. Please do not ask.