Vintage Hoffritz Stag-Handled Cattle Knife Pocketknife
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Offered for your consideration is an unusual vintage stag-handled junior cattle knife pocketknife from Hoffritz. The knife was made in Germany and richly exhibits the fine old-world German quality and craftsmanship that these knives are known for. This is an earlier Hoffritz knife in an unusual pattern that I've not seen from them before. I've collected Hoffritz knives for many years and this is the first cattle knife I've seen from them. It's also a fairly unusual example of the pattern in that it's in a junior size. 3-1/4" was about the smallest size this pattern is found in. It's also a bit of a serpentine pattern and not the usual equal end. Hoffritz was a high-end New York based retailer that was probably at the height of their popularity in the 1950's and 1960's. They imported knives (among many other things) that were made by quality makers throughout the world. Many of their knives were made in Solingen, Germany by some of Solingen's top makers. Later Hoffritz knives were made in the U.S., Japan, Italy, etc. Hoffritz generally offered knives from the finest makers regardless of their origin and they were nearly always of outstanding quality. In fact, The Standard Knife Collectors Guide states that Hoffritz collectors know that whether from Germany, France, Italy, or Japan, Hoffritz knives are no less than top quality. The Guide also notes that while Hoffritz imported from many countries, they always seemed to select the best from every nation and they rate the Hoffritz knives as having a collectibility rating of "Very High". I have collected Hoffritz knives for many years and have owned many dozens of different models. I have found these statements to be 100% accurate, and if anything, understated. Hoffritz also offered limited numbers of unique knives from well-known custom makers. Vintage Hoffritz pocketknives are aggressively pursued, especially stag-handled examples and the more obscure or desirable patterns. The knife was nicely made and richly exhibits the fine, old-world quality and craftsmanship that has made these knives so desirable. This example has seen light use and is problem free. The knife has not been cleaned or buffed and remains original. The carbon steel blades are free of any significant corrosion or pitting with just a couple small carbon spots. The blades have a deeply mirrored finish, except of course the punch blade. It's deeply blued on the inside and has a bright satin finish on the outside. All blades have a half-stop feature and blade travel is smooth over the entire arcs. The master blade has a long pull and was deeply swedged. It does have a bit of side play in the open position, while the spey blade remains tight with no play or wobble. The springs remain strong and all blades close with a crisp, strong snap. The nickel silver bolsters are free of any marring or damage with just normal marks from pocket carry. The handle is of stag and is beautifully aged. The stag has that old-school look as well and the scales are all bark stag right up to the bolsters with no shaping or bald spots except where the shield was inlaid. In fact, the edges of the scales were not even shaped, which is a bit odd as the edges stick out from the bolsters a bit on one end of the knife. The shield appears to be of nickel silver as well and remains completely tight. The scales are free of any cracks,chips, or hairlines andthey remain tightly pinned. The knife measures 3-1/4" closed. An unusual vintage folder from this popular but seldom seen name!! The knife will be shipped insured, the cost of which is included in the shipping charges. I'll cover any additional insurance required by the purchase price. Sorry, no international shipping.