April 2003

"Mystery" knife

As suggested by several folks, we are adding this page to gather what information we can about edged items of unknown origin or backgrounds. We will print what information we do have on them and any theories anyone may have right here on this page. Hit me with your best shot to stimulate the thought process.

This knife isn't really the mystery. The mystery is the certified use of it. Can anyone point to a contract, passage in a record book or anything else official stating the use of this knife by the early military?

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Knives courtesy of Larry Thomas

Hicks knives are thought to be the earliest standard purchased military knives. Andrew Hicks was a plane maker in 1840 when the knives are thought to have been made. Can you prove they were military used?

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Here is a Hicks marked plane. Note the markings are similar to the knives. The planes are also hard to come by but not nearly as expensive as the knives. Hicks knives are probably the highest priced military knives on the market.


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