RARE piece of BREND history
Posted for my Father:
When Walter Brend started his knifemaking enterprise in Zephyrhills, Fla., in 1980, he numbered only the first 10 knives, of which this is # 8. It is a SS skinner with cocoabolo grips and German silver guard. Notice that Walter used only his name at that time, rather than his now familiar stars and bars logo. My son and I went to Walters shop, (his back patio) when he was making this knife. Included in the sale is the wood prototype (black knife in photo), made to give Walter an idea of what I wanted, the sheath, the original bill of sale, one of his 1982 sales brochures/ price list and a brief autobiography of Walter, when he was admitted to the knifemakers guild as a probationary member.
The knife is in new condition as it has been in a display case and never even been in the sheath since new. It does have a slight flaw in the steel just ahead of guard, (picture on request) and it was decided not to remake it, as this would serve as proof positive that this is the original #8, and a small piece of wood flaked off the grip (caused by Florida humidity) and Walter repaired it in 1982, (pictures on request). e-mail me
This knife can only go up in value.
$1500.00 , interesting trades considered.