18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY, HISTORICAL TREKKING, AND LONG TERM SURVIVAL.
Do you know what's meant by "buck spring knives", by any chance? My initial googling is confounded by results for modern Buck brand pocket knives.
Good question Elmo. Personally I have never heard the term before, & would tend to think it was a spelling error & actually meant to be Back Spring Knives. But I will keep my eye open.Regards, Keith.
Elmo, I see there are "Buck Handled Knives" also. Perhaps this is where the mistake comes from?!
Another strong possibility is a jack knife with buck horn scales.
Elmo.Here is what I have been looking for: POCKET KNIFE PATTERNSFigure 3 shows the pattern for the blade of a spring knife. Figure 4 shows the pattern for its backspring. For these styles it is also necessary to make a variety of different sized patterns, such as from 3 to 6 [French Royal] inches.L'Art du Coutelier (The Art of the Cutler), published in 1771. 18th century Parisian master cutler Jean Jacques Perret.I think we can conclude from this that a buck spring knife is indeed a clasp knife with buckhorn scales.Regards, Keith.
Wonderful; thank you so much. It's a strange blindness--I know pocket knives with backsprings have existed for centuries, but it still feels like they're a modern innovation that nobody would have used in the eighteenth century, even having seen a few from that time in local museums. I've used Google to pull up a reading list of your entries that mention "folding knife", "jack knife", and "clasp knife" in hopes of getting a feel for the frontier character of folders; hopefully it's an error I won't repeat. ;)
Elmo. The name "spring knife" was new to me, so through your enquirie I have learnt something new. So thank you Elmo.Regards, Keith.
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