Old Mexican Switchblade

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Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by eastcoastsniper » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:50 pm

Greetings all from the newest member. Has anyone ever seen one of these before? I can't find any information on this knife anywhere.

I was told that the handle is probably Honey horn (buffalo).

What is the value?

Do you want to buy it?

Thanks in advance.

Roger

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by j.a.c. » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:18 pm

I've seen a couple (better shape) sell at auction. don't recall what they fetched.
If your looking to sell it ,post it in the buy and sell section and see what happens or try listing it on sharperD's auction.

http://www.sharperdeals.net/login.php

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by redeye » Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:11 pm

these were made in mexico i think in the fifties and beyond mostly for the tourist trade. it is most likely cow horn and they are worth about 8 bucks and i do want to buy it lol just kidding they run anywhere from 50 bucks for a beater up to about two fifty for a mint one [which although its a shame yours is not mint] i like the one i have it works good and its kinda cool but thats just me. i would list it on sd auction or the buy and sell thred here or both. it all depends on what somebody is looking for and how bad theu want it. heres mine


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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by 79spitfire » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:29 pm

You've really got an interesting piece there, I think I'd just keep it in the collection. I doubt it would be worth more than about $45 or so. Nice collection filler, though.
What knife?

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Vagrant » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:47 am

I like it :)

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by eastcoastsniper » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:10 pm

Hey guys, thanks for all the comments. Compared to yours' redeye , mine looks like it was dug up on an archaeological expedition. I think I'll keep it in the collection for now.

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Vagrant » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:21 pm

As a wild guess the scales are cow/bull horn - not many Buffalo in Mexico but LOTS of cattle :idea:

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Desktop » Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:02 pm

Vagrant wrote:As a wild guess the scales are cow/bull horn - not many Buffalo in Mexico but LOTS of cattle :idea:
Yes, it's cow horn.
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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Tue May 17, 2016 1:54 am

What steel is used for the blade?
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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Viking45 » Tue May 17, 2016 5:48 am

Fishtail Picklock wrote:What steel is used for the blade?
The front bumper from a 1953 Buick Roadmaster stolen from San Diego county 8)

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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Tue May 17, 2016 7:09 am

Thanks for the clever retort, but I was serious.
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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Tue May 17, 2016 7:14 am

I wanted one of those the first time I saw one in Nogales in 1978.

They are rather neat. I saw one on a well known site. They want $249.99 + $15.00 shipping. I like the "rustic" look of the Mexican Picklocks.
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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Viking45 » Tue May 17, 2016 4:52 pm

For a serious answer I have had several old Mexican non-auto knives and they had very low grade carbon steel blades.
I mean the Mexican makers in the 60's/70's most likely used whatever steel they could find. These weren't factory made knives,these were artisans in a garage somewhere melting screen doors down for the aluminum bolsters and scrapping steel for blades.

You are not going to see ATS-34 or 01 Tool Steel stamped on an old Mexican knife.

Fishtail I too love the look of the Mexican in the pictures above,however I could never spend 250 on one,but that's just me.
I asked Ron (Straydog) to make me one. He used a 9" Molletta with a dagger blade.
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Re: Old Mexican Switchblade

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Thu May 19, 2016 5:31 am

I LOVE it! I'd dearly love to have one of those in 1095 CroVan (Kabar steel) with a flat grind like the originals. They had a crude, yet rustic appeal. I'm certain that you can understand the attraction. Look at what you had manufactured! The "square" look with a High Carbon Chromium-Vanadium steel blade would be the "Cat's @$$".

Am I right?
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