Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 CLF Live Auction: Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

The CLF is privileged to present a Scott Summerville folding knife. Last year Scott made a stunning folder for us which commanded a lot of attention and a lucky bidder took that beautifully constructed knife home with him. Once again, Scott is one of our repeat donors and continues to support the CLF.

The folding knife is an authentic accoutrement for the 18th and early 19th centuries. Scott's creation is a beautiful piece in warm brown and gunmetal grey tones. A quality example of a folding knife with the best best Sheffield and Solingen work, it could have been found in a factor's breeches pocket on Michilimakinac, in a gambler's sleeve, or in a fur hunter's bag if he thought to buy something good before the rum. Also the folder is the perfect thing for in a Lady's pocket for those little tasks around the farmhouse and garden. 

Scott Summerville has fabricated an historically correct 18th century folding knife based on one in Scott's personal collection. The original came from the Michilimackinac area in Northern Michigan. The auction knife is constructed with dyed bone scales, a period correct crocus finish on the metal, and an 18th century style tapered back spring. The knife has a 4-1/4" long blade and is 5" inches long closed. Scott's workmanship is impressive and the finish and fit are comparable to the best late 18th and early 19th century English and German work. Scott makes and hand fits all the parts from 1095 steel and heat treats each part to the optimum temper for the function, the blade is hard, the spring flexible and the bolsters tough. This knife is traditional in style but it functions in the class of the best modern custom folding knives. 

Scott lives in Southern Illinois and has made knives for 20 plus years. He enjoys studying original knives for their construction techniques and style, and then incorporating these into his work. Scott also enjoys living history, participating in several events each year. Historic accuracy is his goal and he has once again achieved that in his contribution to the 2015 CLA Fundraising auction. 

Scott's Contact Information:

Email: - Phone: 618-547-7142

Copy and photos supplied by the CLF with copy written by Heinz Ahlers. For more information about the CLF auction go here.

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