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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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F.J. Richtig

I purchased a aluminum handled skinner marked F.J. Richtig at a garage sale for $10.00 dollars about a month ago. Not knowing anything about the maker, it sat in a drawer for about a week before I hit it with a porcaline rod. Dang! This knife has to have the best steel of any knife that I've ever run across. It's almost scary to handle because the edge is so sharp and the best thing about is that it maintains the edge even after a lot of use.
I read that the maker use to cut crowbars into pieces by hammering the blade through them with no damage to the blade of the knife.
I encourage anyone to look for one. I doubt most people would even know what they have, I didn't! I just thought that it was a crude looking skinner. Never again!

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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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Interesting...

I have an Aluminum Handled Knife...made from a saw blade...by my Grandpa Hank...before 1950 at least!
I treasure it...without regard to monetary value!



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The knife belonged to a lady's great grandfather. She is about 70 and she said that he had it for many years. I would never sell anything that had a family history like that.
I've always wanted to build a knife from a file. I may have to try that if I can figure out how to work an edge down.

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Old May 26th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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Frank J. Richtig started making knives in the '20s in Nebraska. very big as private purchase knives during WWII. His tempering process made Ripley's Believe It Or Not in 1936. His fighters are sought after and will bring a hole lot more than 10.00

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Just reading about him on RMJ Tactical's Facebook page. The knife is probably worth $1000 + if you sold it.

You have a special piece of history and knife making. I would say it is priceless.

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Certainly Frank Richtig is an icon of American knife makers, like Scagel, Randall, Ruana, Loveless, and many others. A named Richtig kitchen knife isn’t going to command a price like that in the open market. Frankly if you tried to sell it for $150 you’d be hard pressed to find a buyer on most days. What I’ve seen on the market these days reflect a price around $100 or less. A lot depends on condition. Still at those values $10 was a great deal. If it was me I’d use it and pass it on to one of my favorite Grandchildren letting them know about it’s pedigree.

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