Offered is an early rare knife. This from what I can surmise from all the research done including the knife club sites blog info I have read. Although it may even be an earlier knife than I have stated.. It retains its carved handle depicting a Saint. The handle material is wood.
The knife measures 3.25 inches long closed and 5.25 inches when opened. It is a lock back by turning the ring at the base of the blade a quarter turn or rather 90. In marvelous condition for its age... The blade has minor pitting and of course it has been sharpened at some point in its life.When closing it still has partial or a slight hinge action. There is file work on the back side of the blade.
I can find no makers mark. I would venture to state this is a one of a kind knife and a must have for any serious knife collection. Rarer than any factory made knife or case knife of any kind, by far. What I do know about knives is this, rarity, eye appeal and craftsmanship is everything when determining the value of a knife. This knife not only has eye appeal but simply due to its age, I would think this in itself should make it quite rare and it was obviously made well enough to last some 350+ years now.
I think that should cover the craftsmanship part to a T. I don't know what else to say about this marvelous piece of art, other than if you are interested in the knife and would like to have it in your collection, simply make an offer... I listed this knife to sell, not for show and tell.
Remember, you can always go down, but you can never go up. So, I priced it where I think it could possibly be valued at...
I have a number already in place to automatically accept any offer, if it is at or above a certain price which is somewhat lower than the asking price... People like to haggle so... The item "ANTIQUE LOCK BLADE POCKET FOLDING KNIFE PEN PIPE HAND CARVED SAINT HANDLE 1600'S" is in sale since Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Folding Knives\Vintage Folding Knives\Custom & Handmade". The seller is "wonderousfinds" and is located in Weaverville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Japan, Australia.