2014 CLA Live Auction: Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

2014 CLA Live Auction: Folding Knife by Scott Summerville


The folding knife is an authentic accoutrement for the period of the War of 1812.  Citizens of the new United States did not always want to carry a hunting bag and longknife while strolling the rapidly expanding cities and crowded militia camps.  Knifes like this 4” bladed folder were handy in the hunting bag or in the pocket for eating, cutting patches or tobacco, and everyday chores or social events.

Scott Summerville has fabricated an historically correct 18th century folding knife based on one in Colonial Williamsburg collection.  The knife has bone scales, a period correct crocus finish on the metal and an 18th century style tapered back spring.  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.

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Scott lives in Southern Illinois and has made knives for 20 plus years.  He enjoys studying original knives for construction techniques and style, incorporating this into his work.  Scott also enjoys living history,participating in several events each year.  Historic accuracy is his goal and he has achieved that in his contribution to the 2014 CLA Fundraising auction.


Maker’s Contact Information:

Scott Summerville

8655 Garrett Rd.

Alma, Illinois  62807

Phone – 618-547-7142

Email – summerville1757@yahoo.com

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Copy by Heinz Ahlers with photo by Ric Lambert.

This series of articles is for the benefit of the CLA Auction on August 15, 2014.   Larry Pletcher, editor



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