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Small A.G. Russell Shopmade Letter Opener-Not Ivory Handle

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Item #: SMR-814-NI


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Push Daggers appear to be a uniquely American development, first appearing on the early riverboats and in the gold fields of California and Nevada. Gamblers favored them because they could be as swift across a poker or faro table as a percussion pistol without the possibility of a miss-fire. The period right after the Civil War saw new development in cartridge pistols making them more reliable and much less likely to miss-fire. At about the same time there was a decline in the popularity of this type of knife.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the push dagger was a popular pattern for custom makers but their popularity faded. In the late 1990s, I began to see some of those handmade knives coming back into the secondary market, but those seem to have disappeared into collections.

If you search the internet, you will find some modern, high tech versions, usually pretty inexpensive. I have decided that it is time to resurrect a high quality handmade version of this old pattern for its only remaining possible use, as a letter opener. This elegant little knife is made in our own shop here in Rogers, Arkansas and are marked A.G. Russell Shopmade®. The blades are 154CM at 57-59 Rc. The handle scales are ItsNotIvory™ which is a remarkable new material that found it's way into my hands by accident. This material is the best I have ever seen as a substitute for ivory for knife handles, is held in place by three mosaic pins. It looks like the interior of a very dense ivory tusk from the Congo. The very nice leather Desk Top Sheath is made off-shore to our design.

The 2-7/8" double ground blade (sharp on both sides) measures 7/8" wide at the widest point. Measures 4-1/2" tip to butt and weighs 1.4 oz.

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Handle
    Not Ivory
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    1.4 oz.
  • Sheath
    Leather Pouch
  • Origin

A.G. Russell Shopmade

Our Shopmade® program makes maximum use of our assets. Our knowledge of who can do the best job of waterjet cutting, heat treat, wire electro-discharge machining, and rough grind all allows the greatest productivity from our rarest asset, the time of our expert knifemaker(s). When our shop has done the finish blade grind by hand, put the handles in place, shaped them and sharpened the blade and the knife has gone through our quality control, then we can be sure that you have the very best knife we can provide you for the money you are spending with us.

$ 155.00 IN STOCK