Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baron Hunting Knife, Solingen Germany 1950's to 1960's


Today I'll be posting my first hunting knife..............  This knife is a vintage stag-horn handle, hunting knife, dating back to the 1950's to 1960's.  The knife was made in Solingen, Germany by Baron (or made for Baron).  Baron was most likely a small export company that formed just after WW2.  Many Baron knives were sold to returning US soldiers during the 1950's and 1960's.   According to Goins Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, the "Baron Solingen Germany" mark was used from the 1950's to the 1970's.



I found the knife while I was a kid living in Big Sur, California.  This would have been the early 1970's.  I was out trout fishing, and found it on a bridge in Big Sur State Park, where we lived.  It was in the same old Boy Scout sheath and in the same condition that it is in today.  Since it was obviously not new, I would guess it probably dates back to the 1950's or 1960's.  I've given it a good cleaning and now it will find a spot in one of the saddle bags of the 1948 Bundesgrenzschutz Bicycle.


Here are some photos of the knife and sheath......... If anyone has any information on the Baron Company, I would love to hear more about it!  Drop me an email or leave me a comment.  Thanks.

6 comments:

A said...

I have a set of Othello Solingen steak knives from Germany from the 50's-60's. Apparently Baron Solingen of Germany started the Solingen cutlery business, which is still functioning. I saw an Othello Solingen hunting knife on an antique website selling for $575. so you might want to have your knife appraised by a reputable dealer.

Sharky said...

I will definitely be looking further into this knife and it's history. Thanks for the tip and lead.....

Sharky

Andrew said...

Hi, what's the latest? I just bought one at a yard sale for a buck.

ZeN said...

I have one, it belong to my father and he got it from Timor a lot of years ago. beautiful knifes this ones.
I can send you pictures if you like, contact me at (pessego at iol dot pt)

Windcalmer said...

I have an old knife that is Very similar. I got it from my father who got it from his.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h284/windcalmer/knife2.jpg

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h284/windcalmer/knife.jpg

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h284/windcalmer/oldknife.jpg

Scary how much these two knives look the same. They had to be made near each other...

Cliff / max said...

I just found this knife at a lake (Clark hill)in Augusta,Ga. It is the very same as yours far as I can tell. Funny thing it was at the bottom of a tree trunk that had feel over, tree must have been 100 plus. I'll just pass it on down the line one day.