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    Default William Rodgers & Humphreys Radiant English Knives

    Looking for any information regarding two knives from my late Father-in-laws house. Beautifully made, I'm not familiar with knives really at all, but the balance is superb, and both are still quite sharp.

    Going to have these restored.

    The first is a William Rodgers, wood and leather handled - Sheffield, England 9" long:

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    This is a Humphrey's Radiant - Sheffield, England, wood and leather handled, 9" long.

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    Nice knives Phrank !!....The first reminds me of a trench knife used in WW1-WW2.
    The second looks like a utility knife used for everything from trimming meat to
    (at a pinch) shucking oysters.
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    I think they will clean up good and will hone up nicely. I know I wouldn't turn one down . Good all around knives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bongo View Post
    Nice knives Phrank !!....The first reminds me of a trench knife used in WW1-WW2.
    The second looks like a utility knife used for everything from trimming meat to
    (at a pinch) shucking oysters.
    Thanks - he's English, as he say's, "He is a man of Kent, as opposed to a Kentish man", is was in the British Army in WW2 and his father was in WW1 - so like the cosh/blackjack from the other thread I posted, this may be WW1 then.

    Rodgers - wondering is any relation to Rodgers of the straight razor world....

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    maybe,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    HUMPHREYS
    W.R. HUMPHREYS & CO.
    Denby St., Sheffield
    ea. 1875 - (1919)
    Cutlery and Britannia metal, nickelsilver
    and electro-plated goods
    Ref. 1892, 1919,

    *see page 115 of this PDF & the radiant reference.


    ********page 206 through 212 on William Rodgers

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    Can't give you any more info but, this shows an almost identical knife.
    All it says is " very old knife-set from an "english boy scout" called "the Kangaroo",
    presumably because it's two knives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bongo View Post
    Can't give you any more info but, this shows an almost identical knife.
    All it says is " very old knife-set from an "english boy scout" called "the Kangaroo",
    presumably because it's two knives.
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    Yes - the top one is identical. There is no smaller knife.

    And I think Hirlau has got other other one, which is the Humphreys.

    So bongo - is the maker William Rodgers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    Yes - the top one is identical. There is no smaller knife.

    And I think Hirlau has got other other one, which is the Humphreys.

    So bongo - is the maker William Rodgers?
    Yes, looks like it....
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    Two great old knives from great old Sheffield cutlery houses.
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