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    Lot of Three Boxed Folding Pocket Knives. Comprising: 1.) Boxed Dual Blade Folding Knife. Steel blades measuring 2 1/2 and 3 1/2-inches. Stag grips. Contained in Curious George Aspen cardboard box. 2.) JMCO Dual Blade Folding Knife. Steel blades measuring 1 3/4 and 2 1/2-inches. Long blade etched: QUIET IN THE WOODS. Stag and nickel grips with a large etched M on one side. Contained in Heritage Cutlers Incorporated cardboard box. 3.) Single Blade Folding Knife. Having a 2 1/2-inch steel blade, etched: QUIET IN THE WOODS. Stag and nickel grips with a large etched M on one side. Contained in Heritage Cutler Incorporated blue cardboard box.
    Condition: All very good. Each knife and box show light wear.

    David Mamet's Notes: 2). This two-bladed similarly knife is in a more substantial box. I always loved the Barlow knife. This perhaps dates to my infatuation with folk music in the Sixties and the song "Cotton Mill Girls." "I worked in a cotton mill all my life, ain't never owned nothing but a Barlow knife." And I have always been looking for the perfect knife. I found the perfect pocket knife once at five a.m. in London at a stall in the bowels of the Portobello Road. It was a Wostenhold IXL, Washington works five in two blade. It had that perfect old-style IXL stag, never seen since the days of Victoria and the perfect dull deep grey steel likewise no longer made, and recognizable on-sight as a treasure by the cognoscenti of edge taking and holding ability. One clip blade and one second, spear-point with a small cutout in the grips at the nail-mark to facilitate. It was the perfect knife and should have lived in my pocket for decades. It was in near-mint condition and was not expensive. I did not buy it. That night I asked myself why, and have asked myself why ever since. It was one of the more perverse actions of my life. Had I dreamed the perfect knife, it would have been inferior to this IXL. Why did I not buy it? Have any of you readers had a similar experience? 3) The single-bladed stag handled Barlow knife. Marked, in the bolster with a stylized M, and, on the blade, with the legend "Quiet in the Woods." This knife was made for a clothing company which was mine for several years. I got the inspiration having pre-hunt breakfast at four a.m. in Maine one year. I looked around and saw all the Old Guys wearing hunting clothes which may have in fact been their fathers. Saddened by the lack of old-fashioned American hunting gear and clothes, I started a clothing company with Chris Kaldor (mentioned above) and Dick Friedman. The clothes came to the attention of Mickey Drexler, who was then head of The Gap/Banana Republic, and he made and sold our stuff for two or three years under the label Joseph Morse Co, for Banana Republic. Jos. Morse was a name I dreamed up. I went down from Boston to New York several times a year, with drawings and swatches, and sat down with the Banana folk, and a good time was had by all. The motto "Quiet in the Woods" came from my preference for natural fabrics, for those which, in the close woods, would not "whistle," when rubbed, one leg against the other, or one arm against a tree. It was a lot of fun.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    9th Sunday
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