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7/07/2012

Linton Cutlery Folder on Ebay

I've gotten a few emails asking about the "Linton Cutlery Patszland" folder that shows up on Ebay. Item #160839541445, as of 7/07/12.

The common question is did Bob design the knife? The answer is NO!!!

A brief history: Linton is a Taiwanese knife making company that one year, in the early 2000's, decided to show up at the NYCKS with several of their new models, asking show attendees to vote for their favorite design. Unfortunately, many of their models were too similar to popular designs being offered by custom knife makers, that their offerings were not well received. This specific model generated accusations of "design copy" of Bob's Chinese Folder. Bob was in attendance at the show, and was able to look at the design first hand. He said the design was not infringing on his Chinese Folder design, as it was closer to the original Chinese Shi-Lin folder design. But he did express a little concerned that the handle was very similar to the way he does the Chinese Folder Handles.

7/03/2012

Satin Finish

Just a quick note on Bob's signature Satin finish.

Somewhere in my vast boxes of stuff is a letter he wrote to me, describing his satin finish process. If I ever find it, I'll be happy to scan it and post it. In it, he also explained that the reason he went with a satin finish was for the combination of beauty and durability over mirror polished.

He disliked mirror polishing, not only for the amount of work involved, but for the fact that mirror polishing is not a good polish for a working knife. Bob always felt he made working knives, and would enjoy seeing one of his knives being used. As such, while the majority of his knives are satin finished, his earlier work could be found with mirror polished blades. More common with knives bearing his LUM stamp. As it was expected for makers to finish knives that way during that time. There are a few examples of mirror polished blades made later in his career, but they would usually be found on a presentation level piece.