Hoffman Reproductions
Specializing in Historically Correct 18th and 19th Century Cutlery
" Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings out a weapon for its work..."     Isaiah 54:16
Hoffman Reproductions
Specializing in Historically Correct 18th and 19th Century Cutlery
" Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings out a weapon for its work..."     Isaiah 54:16
Knives for Sale
Trade Knives
  Oconostota
              
                  War Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1775-1780.
 
    Originally called "Scalping" or "Butcher" knives, the versions shown below are based on my extensive research on 18th  century English original's.  They came in 3 general blade lengths of around 5" 6" and 7".  I say around because they varied one from another.  The handle profiles, pin sizes and blade thickness that I utilize, have all been found on originals.  Wood type for handles (as shipped from the factory) were Rosewood, Boxwood and Beech to name a few.  Also, I have come across information that these types of blades may have been shipped without handles and thus, could have been fitted with eastern American hardwoods.  This is perhaps one of the most common knife styles that would have been used  by settlers, soldiers  market hunters or Native Americans during  the 1750-1800 time period.
 ​#1 18th century styled English Trade Knife.   5"  hand forged blade.   Diamond faceted beech wood handle is 4 " overall with 3 iron rivets.  Handle has been treated with a historically correct oil varnish. The wood for the handle literally dates from the 1700's!!! It was salvaged by me from a historic home here in Ohio.  Blade has an upward sweep as did the originals.   3/32" thick  spine.  Blade has been gently aged as well has having been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR sharp edge!!!   This one comes with a Woodland Indian styled neck sheath.  Sheath has been made of oak tanned cow hide and sewn with 100% pure linen thread.  Sheath carries a  bit of decorative tooling as well as having been treated with a historically correct black leather dye.  Tin cones with deertail hair and medium glass seed beads have been added as was popular with Eastern American Indian Tribes.   $225.00​​
  ​#2 18th century  English Trade Knife.  Hand forged 6" blade.  Spine  is 3 /32" thick.  4  3/8"  beech wood handle has oval facet with 3 iron rivets.  Handle has been treated with a historically correct stain and oil varnish.  Blade has upward sweep as did the original's. Blade has been gently aged.   Has been triple tempered and has a RAZOR sharp edge!!!  Comes with one of our period correct black leather sheaths.  Loop on back of sheath will fit a  2" wide belt    $195.00
French Trade Knives
The French equivalent to the English Trade knives were know as  " Boucherons"   The examples shown for sale  here have also been based on original's dating from the 1700's.   They came in 3 basic sizes of around 6" 7"  and 8"blade lengths.  Blade thickness on original's was about 1/8" with half or full tapered tangs.  Rivet's were of iron and made in 1/8" stock.  Handle wood was of beech and boxwood to name a few.  Also a very prevalent knife on the colonial frontier for the 1750-1800 time period
 ​#4 18th century styled French Trade Knife which has been closely based on an original .  6 3/8" hand forged blade .  Spine is 1/8" thick .  4 1/2" beech wood oval   handle carries 2 iron rivets. Wood has been treated with a historically correct stain and oil  varnish.  Blade has been triple tempered and sports a RAZOR edge as well as carrying an aged finish.  Comes with one of our period correct back seam , black leather sheaths for right hand carry. Oak tanned leather sheath has been totally hand sewn with linen thread and carries hand applied decorative tooling. Loop on back of sheath will fit up to a  2  " wide belt.    $195.00   ​​
Various 18th & 19th century styles for sale
 ​# 5   18th century styled medium sized belt knife.   The steel used for this was taken from a vintage set of sheep shears  (a practice done during the 1700's)  which made for a great blade!  The hand forged & shaped blade measures 4  3/4" overall with a 4  3/16" white tail deer antler handle.  The bolster & pommle are pewter with 2 iron rivets.  The whole blade has been gently age and the cutting edge sharpened to a RAZOR degree!!!  This would be a great choice for those wanting a smaller sized blade.  Comes with one of our period correct black leather sheaths.  $160.00
 ​#6 18th century turned handle belt knife.  A very common knife style for the 1700-1800 time period.  6 1/2" blade has been hand forged.  4 1/2" hand turned hickory handle carries full through tang which is anchored with a iron pommel washer.  Pewter bolster.  Blade has been triple tempered and gently aged. Handle has been finished with historically correct stain and oil varnish.  Blade has been sharpened to a RAZOR edge!!!     $  240.00​​
​#7 18th century Pistol Grip belt knife. Features a hand forged  & shaped blade measuring  7  1/4" which has been made out of an antique nicholson file . The handle has been made of maple wood and measures 4 3/4".  This knife carries a full through tang, pewter bolster and iron pommle cap.  The handle has been treated with a period correct stain & oil varnish. The black leather sheath has been made out of oak tanned cow hide as well as carrying a bit of decorative tooling.The loop on the back of the  sheath will fit up to a 2" wide belt.  Both the knife and sheath have been aged with period correct dye stuff's.  This knife is simple in design but has nice flowing lines and sturdy construction.  A perfect knife & sheath  for a common impression during the 1750-1790 time period    $325.00
 ​#8 Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife has been based on an original  Blacksmith made D-Guard dating from 1860-1865 time period. It features a hand forged dagger shaped blade that has been made out of an antique file that measures 11 3/4" overall.  The 4 3/4" maple handle literally dates from the 1800's and had a formal life as a draw knife handle,  The handle also carries a pewter bolster.  The gaurd has been hand forged out of Iron and as well as anchoring the full through tang.  The sheath has been made of oaked tanned cow hide and has been hand cut and sewn using pure linen thread.  The top of the sheath, has been reinforced with lead rivets as was commonly done during the time period.   Both the sheath and the handle have been treated with with a period correct stain.  This is a large knife measuring 16 3/8" overall however, the geometry is light as the originals were, making it comfortable to carry.   Both edges of blade have been fully sharpened for cutting use. $625.00
 ​#9 18th century style antler handle belt knife.  A simple design popular during the 1700's as made by American Blacksmiths for the working class . Features, hand forged blade made of 1095 tool steel which measures 6 3/8" overall. The 4 3/8"  half tang blade has been anchord to the handle with 2 iron rivets. The bolster area carries a small amount of decorative file work.  The Blade has been triple tempered and filed to a RAZOR edge!  The whole knife has been gently aged.  Comes with one of our period correct brown leather sheaths for right hand carry  $275.00  
​#11 18th century styled pistol grip knife.  Common knife style for the 1750-1790 time period. Features a  5  3/4" hand forged blade has been made out of 1095 tool steel.    Handle measures 4  3/8" and features a full tapered tang with sanded deer antler scales, iron bolster and  3 copper rivets..  The sheath has been hand cut and sewn with pure bee's waxed linen thread as well as carrying a bit of decorative tooling.  Triple tempered blade has been sharpened to a RAZOR edge!!!   The sheath has been treated with a historically correct dye and the knife has been gently aged.  The loop on the back of the sheath will fit up to a 2" wide belt.      $365.00  
​#12 18th  century styled  turned handle belt knife..   Features a hand forged full tang blade made out of an antique file which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR edge.   The blade measures 6 1/4"  long X 7/8" wide at the base tapering forward to the tip.  The 4 1/4 " handle has been hand turned out of walnut as well as having a pewter ferrule and iron pommle cap.   The whole knife has been gentle aged.  The sheath has been hand cut and sewn with 100% linen thread.  The oak tanned leather carries decorative tooling .  Loop on the back of sheath will fit up to a 2" wide belt. The whole sheath has been treated with a historically correct dye. For right hand carry.  $315.00 
# 13  18th century Riflemans knife.   Features a 7  7/8" hand forged blade made of high carbon 1095 tool steel .  The full tang 4 5/8" long handle has been hand turned out of cherry wood.  The guard and pommle cap have both been hand forged out of wrought iron.  The handle has been finished with a period correct stain and oil varnish.
The sheath is for right hand carry has been crafted out of oak tanned cow hide as well as having been totally hand cut and sewn with pure linen thread.  The  brown leather of the sheath carries decorative tooling and has been treated with a historically correct dye.  The knife has also been triple tempered and sharpened to a Razor edge!!!   Aged finish on blade.  $385.00
#14 18th century cut steel folding knife.  This style of pocket knife was commonly made in europe and imported here to the American Colonies during the 1700's.  This one has been closely based on an original that was owned and carried by Barnabas Bates Jr,  of Falmouth Massaachusetts whom served in the Militia during the American Revolution.  It features a 4" hand made blade which has been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR edge.  The 4 -13/16" inch long handle carries decorative hand filed flats as did the originals.   The whole knife has been gently aged.   A wonderful addition to any shot pouch, haver's or snap sack!    $295.00
 ​#15 18th century styled German Hunting Knife which has been based on an original piece dating from the mid 1700's.                                                            Features a hand forged blade made from 1095 high carbon tool steel.  The 10  1/4" blade carries a set of hand filed fullers.  The 5" handle has been hand turned from a peice of figured Cherry wood.  The  guard and pommle cap, have both been hand forged  in iron and filed to shape . The hand forged guard carries extensive hand file work to match that of the original knife.  The ferrule has been hand cast of pewter and carries 2 decorative hand filed lines.  The handle on this knife, has been stained with a historically correct method and finished with 6 coats of hand rubbed period correct, oil based varnish to reveal the beautiful wood grain. The blade has been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR edge!    The sheath for this knife has also been hand crafted to the finest detail with only historically correct material used from the leather,thread mounts and dye  Loop on sheath will fit up to a  1-3/4 sized belt.  This is a nice one Folks.   $800.00  **SOLD**​​
​#16 18th century styled spring back folding "Penny Knife"    Originally said to have "cost a Penny" during the 1700's  Penny knives, were the common man's choice for a folding knife.   Our version has been based on styling from examples dating from the 1700-1790 time period.  This one features a 2  7/8" long blade which has been made of 1095 high carbon tool steel.  The handle has been hand turned out of Walnut and carries a copper ferrule.  One  addtion I have made is a fully fuctioning back spring which works just like a regular pocket knife that being, it keeps the blade shut or open as needed.  Overall length when open is 6 15/16" and 4  1/16" when closed. Blade carries a RAZOR edge!  

CUSTOMER PLEASE NOTE:  As you can see from the photo on the left, there was a slight alignment problem with the copper ferrules.  This is only a bit of a cosmetic issue and will not in anyway effet the function of the knife.  Normally we sell these for $215.00 because of the ferrule issue,  yours today for  $190.00!!!

​​​#1718th century styled small belt knife.  This one carries a hand forged & shaped blade measuring 5" overall.  The handle has been made of white tail deer antler and measures 4 1/8".  The steel used for this one was taken from a vintage set of sheep shears ( a practice done in the 1700's)  which made for a great blade!  The thin light blade makes this one a great choice for those wanting to travel light.  The half tang blade carries 3 brass rivets.  The whole knife has been gently aged and the blade sharpened to a RAZOR edge!!!  Comes with one of our period correct brown leather sheaths with a sewn in place leather tie to add in attaching to a belt or sash.   $150.00