1980's American Blade AB -29 boot knife NOS

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American Blade AB-29 with polished bone scales NOS

James F. Parker was a major player in the cutlery industry back in the 1970's and '80's. Early on he was in a partnership that produced Parker-Frost knives. Later the companies separated. (Frost cutlery is still in business.) Along with the knife company that bore his name, Parker wrote several knife guide books. Around 1981, he acquired and published American Blade magazine. At that time he began marketing knives under the "American Blade" brand. A year later Parker changed the name simply to Blade magazine. Presumably he discontinued the "American Blade" knife brand at that time, dating the manufacture of this knife to 1981 or '82.    

Model AB-29 small fixed-blade hunting knife. The overall length is 6 1/2-inches. The satin-finished drop-point blade measures 2 1/2-inches and features thumb ridges on the back. The "American Blade" magazine logo is etched on the left side of the blade. The nickel silver bolsters and polished horn scales enclose a full tang. (Note: The box that the knife came in displays the correct model designation--AB-29- but is incorrectly marked "water buffalo horn" rather than polished bone scales.)

Most of the Parker knives were made in Seki City, Japan. It was an era when that city was emerging as the cutlery center of the world. This is one of those knives.

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