View Full Version : Vintage Dexter knife

10-25-2013, 06:59 PM
Clearing out before an estate sale and I ran across a rustic and very sharp (still) Dexter 7" knife. It has 39714HG DEXTER on the handle and what looks like a masonic compass across the word DEXTER. If it is indeed a Dexter it has to be a very early model and looks like it could be from the late 19th c when the Dexter name was introduced. Can anyone shed any light on this item? It is in good condition for it's age but has had some extensive use.

Thanks in advance.

sachem allison
10-25-2013, 09:51 PM
Dexter still makes that model. The 14 on the end designates the original blade length of 14inches. If it is 7 inches now it has been significantly changed.http://ipelican.com/assets/products/347601/big/220580.jpg?1378673062 . they made it with a guard and without.

10-26-2013, 07:46 AM
Thank you for the information. Is it possible that extensive use of this knife would have shortened the blade by continual sharpening over many years, or would this have only have happened if it had been deliberately shortened to suite a different purpose of perhaps have been damaged?

From this "serial #" is it possible to know it's year of manufacture?

Thanks again