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woodworkcan
07-13-2016, 10:17 PM
I bought this knife at a flea market in Brussels.

The manufacturer is "Jernbolaget" from Eskilstuna the famous knife city in Sweden. They closed around the 1960s.
The blade measures 267mm / 10.5 inches and seems to be some kind of carbon steel.
The handle seems to be made a rosewood and rivets of brass.
It's in overall great condition, after I cleaned it and remove a bit of rust.
My wife made a nice leather sheath to protect our hands from the long blade:D.

Could you please help me to date it more precisely and most importantly to know what kind of knife. I figure, with the lenght, some kind of butcher's knive.

Cheers!

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brainsausage
07-13-2016, 10:38 PM
I don't have anything concrete to offer besides. Just commenting so I can get updates on the background of this thing. It's very interesting for a variety of reasons. The profile, and handle/'choil' configuration are especially odd. It also looks to be ground for left hand use?

LifeByA1000Cuts
07-14-2016, 04:12 AM
Wouldn't "Jernbolaget" just mean "Iron/Hardware store"?

RDalman
07-14-2016, 04:17 AM
Bolaget - company. Sorry I can't help much. The stamp says e.iron.man.inc sort of. Ironman knife... Nifty.

woodworkcan
07-14-2016, 09:14 AM
Ironman...I like that!

This is what I found about the company.
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskilstuna_Jernmanufaktur

I have other knives from the same company. Notice the logo with the anchor, crown and letter "E". They have changed the company marking from "E. JERN.MAN AKTIE BOLAG" to simply "JERNBOLAGET" on the later knives.
Here is an example of a more recent knife, probably from the 1960s, made of stainless steel.
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/27979-Made-a-curly-maple-handle-for-butcher-knife-%28pics%29