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.   6"  hand forged blade.   The diamond faceted beech wood handle is 4  1/2" overall with 3 iron rivets.  Handle has been treated with a historically  correct stain & oil varnish. Beech wood has been used for handle .  Blade has an upward sweep as did the originals.   3/32" thick  spine.   Blade measures 1  1/4" at its widest tappering forward to the tip. Blade has been gently aged as well has having been triple tempered and sharpened to a RAZOR sharp edge!!!    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.   Loop on back of sheath will fit up to a 2  1/2" wide belt.  $205.00​​
  ​#2 18th century  English Trade Knife.  Hand forged 7" blade.  Spine  is 3 /32" thick.  4  1/2" beech wood handle has oval facet with 3 iron rivets. .  Blade has upward sweep as did the original's. Has been gently aged.   Blade 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  1/4" wide belt .    $215.00  **SOLD**  Thank you Joseph!
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 French Trade Knife which has been closely based on an original .  7" 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. Blade measures 1  3/16" at its widest tappering forward to the tip. Comes with one of our period correct 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  1/2" " wide belt.    $215.00   
Various 18th & 19th century styles for sale
 ​# 5   18th century styled Pig Head Trade Knife & Sheath.   Based on an original that was found in the Great Lakes region  dated to the1760's.   The 6"  blade was hand forged and shaped out of 1095 steel .  The half tang blade has been secured by 2 iron rivets. The  4  1/2" handle  has been made of beech as well as featuring  a hand carved pig head to match the original.  The finish on the handle is period correct red milk paint & oil varnish.    The whole blade has been gently age and the cutting edge sharpened to a RAZOR degree!!!   

The sheath has been made out of oak tanned cow hide as well as having been hand cut and sewn with linen thread.  The black dye used on the sheath is period correct to the 1700's. The tooling has been done in the style of  Eastern Woodland Indian Tribes of the 18th century.  The sheath also carries tin cones with dyed deer tail hair & white glass beads. The reddish/orange dye used on the deer hair was made of madder root which was commonly used during the 18th century  $300.00  **SOLD**  Thank you Michael!  
 ​#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 styled  belt Knife. Features a hand forged  & shaped blade measuring  7  3/8"" which has been made out of  steel taken from an antique  buggy spring. . The handle has been made of whitetail deer antler and measures 4  1/2".  This knife carries a  full tang,  which has been anchored in an iron  pommle cap. The pewter bolster carries a bit of decorative file work. The blade measures 1  3/16" at its widest tappering forward to the tip. The black leather sheath has been made out of oak tanned cow hide as well as carrying a bit of decorative tooling.   Both the knife and sheath have been aged with period correct dye stuff's as well as carring a loop that will fit a 2  1/2"  wide belt.    $340.00  
 ​#8 18th century styled Rifleman's Knife.  Features a 9  1/8" hand forged and shaped blade made from steel taken from an antique buggy spring.  The handle has been made out of whitetail deer antler and measures 4 5/8" overall.  The guard and bolster have both been forged out of iron.   The full through tang has been peened tight to the iron pommle cap.  The blade measure 1 1/4"  at its widest tapering forward to the tip.  The sheath has been handcrafted out of veg tanned cowhide and has been treated with a period correct black leather dye.  Sheath is for right hand carry and the loop will fit up to a 2 1/2" wide belt.  The blade has been triple tempered and sharpened to a keen edge. The whole knife has been gently aged.   $450.00
Dutch styled Trade knives
Although not as prevalent a knife as the English & French varieties, The Dutch did play a role in the trade market here in the Colonies during the 1700's.  The Dutch styled knives shown here for sale have been based on period paintings and descriptions.  They are a unique and a very usable blade to carry for the 18th century living Historian!
​#19   18th century Dutch styled trade knife.  Features a 6  1/8" hand forged and shaped blade made out of 1095 steel. The 4 1/2" beech wood handle carries a bit of caving with a brass ferrule and pommle cap.  The sheath has been totally hand sewn with pure linen thread as well as carring some decortive tooling.  $235.00 **SOLD** Thank you Jay!
​#20  18th century Dutch styled trade knife.  Features a 6  3/16" hand forged and shaped blade made out of 1095 steel. The 4 1/2" walnut wood handle carries a bit of decorative turning with a brass ferrule and pommle cap.  The sheath has been totally hand sewn with pure linen thread as well as carring some decortive tooling.  $235.00 **SOLD** Thank you Matt!
​#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 Pistol Grip belt knife.   Features a 7  1/4" hand forged blade made of steel taken from an antique buggy spring .  The full tang 4 3/4" long handle has been hand shaped out of walnut wood dating from the 1700's!!! .  The English styled blade measures 1  1/4" at its widest tapering forward to the tip.  The pewter bolster carries a small amount of  decorative file work and the pommle  cap has been hand shaped out of 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 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.  $345.00  **SOLD** Thank you Matt!
#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  **SOLD**
 ​#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!    $190.00   FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ONE!!!


​​​#17 18th century styled Patch/Neck knife. This dandy little knife features a hand forged and shaped blade measures 4  1/4" long x 7/8" wide at its base tapering forward to the tip.   The 3  1/2" full tang carries curly maple slabs, brass bolster  along with 3 iron rivets.  The tip on this one features an  attractive acute clip point which some knives carried during the 1700's.   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 neck tie. Both the wood & leather on this knife set has been stained and finished with period correct dye stuffs.  $215.00   **SALE PENDING**