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19th Century Tin Shaving Cups

Posted by Administrator on 1/19/2016 to News
Folks,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you all about a special project that I am currently working on!  Through a joint effort between myself and John Peterson of Otter Creek Tinware, we will soon be offering a very limited run of historically accurate reproduction 19th century style tin shaving cups.  These cups will be of period correct construction and materials, and if you are familiar with John's work you already know of the quality!  These shave cups will be of dipped sheet tin and based on actual original designs from the period.  As this is a special project, quantities will be limited.  This will be a great opportunity to add a very often overlooked item in your kit, so stay tuned! 
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A study of some pocket knives of 1856

Posted by Administrator on 2/9/2015
Folks,

Let's take a moment and examine some knives that were recovered from the steamboat Arabia wreck. A close study of a picture of some of the pocket knives in the Arabia collection tells us many things about pocket knives from the time period of 1856, the year that the Arabia sank. The first thing that we will look at are the patterns. In examining the below photo, we can clearly identify the following patterns:

- Swell End Jack
- Curved Regular Jack
- Congress
- Barlow
- Farmer's
- Hawk Bill or Pruner
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Using originals vs. reproductions

Posted by Administrator on 12/31/2014 to News
Folks,

Today I wanted to talk a bit about using original vintage pocket knives in the field while reenacting versus a reproduction. As I read the various reenacting forums online, I will frequently see a post regarding “where can I find a period correct pocket knife?” Almost always someone will chime in and respond to check ebay or antique stores for originals or something of that sort. While you can indeed find 19th century vintage knives out there, I’d like to give my take on the subject. First, you run the chance of losing it and adding another relic to the battlefield, and second, you run the risk of breaking and ruining a nice piece of history that cannot be replaced, they only made so many and when they're gone... they're gone. But the most important reason that I believe that you are better off to buy yourself a quality correctly made reproduction is
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Welcome to my online store

Posted by Administrator on 12/21/2014 to News
Welcome to my online store! I am proud to announce that I'm now open for business, and I look forward to serving you all in the future. If you have any questions about this store or the products found within, please don't hesitate to contact me any time.
This website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something I think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate. Feel free to browse my entire product catalog, and let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within. I am always ready and willing to assist my customers, and I am thankful for your visit. 
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 19th Century Tin Shaving Cups
 A study of some pocket knives of 1856
 Using originals vs. reproductions
 Welcome to my online store

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