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Author Topic: Sunfish, elephant toe-nail, vest pocket axe knives  (Read 8015 times)
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« on: February 09, 2007, 10:46:37 PM »

Join the Elephant Toenail Collectors Club

http://www.elephanttoenails.com    

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 06:00:30 PM »

Also be sure that when you visit http://www.elephanttoenails.com  that you click on "The Catalog" in the text of the club sign-up form. By the way, it's free.            Clay
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007, 07:44:20 AM »

Nice and informative threads Cal:
My girl friend has been reading about knives, read an ad selling elephant toe nails. She did not say anything, but kept wondering what knife makers would use elepahant toe nails for.

Your posts answered her questins, she got quite a laugh out of it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 02:37:26 PM »

It is great to see the interest in this intriguing pattern. The toenail was used for many purposes in the early 1900's.


http://www.elephanttoenails.com/eptintro.cfm?open=true


Marbles toenails (made by Case Bros) were marketed as being for hunters and campers.

Napanoch Knife Company, Napanoch, NY (1900- 1919) ads read, ?Designed especially for that large class who require a knife for heavy work, such as leather or rope cutting, or other similar material requiring great strength.?  An early Napanoch catalog illustrated this knife as a ?Napanoch Axe (for the Vest Pocket)? and stated, ?The nearest thing to an axe, still can be conveniently carried in the top vest pocket and you would hardly be conscious of its being there. Best thing for Hunters, Campers, Sportsmen, and Linesmen hanging Trolley, Telegraph and Telephone wires.?

A 1906 catalog of The French Manufacture of Weapons and Cycles of Saint-Etienne contained an ad promoting the toenail. The knife was identified as ?The Bulldog? and is characterized as the knife ?to satisfy the desires of the sportsmen, motorists, and hunters.?


n a 1903 Gold Cross Coffee Company Catalog, pocket knives were used as incentives for new clients. In it a toenail was illustrated as ?Old Honesty? (a label taken from a Case Brothers Catalog produced around the same time) and the description read ?heavy blades and frame, just the thing for lumbermen, teamsters and oilmen. It is an axe, board axe and Jack-knife combined. "

As you can tell the toenail was a heavy duty work knife or for heavy use.


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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 09:25:33 PM »

Thanks Scott, it's great to have such a knowledgeable knife collector aboard. We look forward to more posts.
A visit to your site is well worth the trip. Great photos and much information, such as you've presented here.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 10:34:26 PM »

Want to know what your toe-nail is worth? Check out the new sections of the elephant toe-nails site.

You might be surprised what they are going for.

http://www.elephanttoenails.com/thenews/?page_id=18
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 05:53:57 AM »

Thanks for the info sir.

This is the first time I heard of the term Elephant Toenail.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2008, 12:05:23 AM »

For Immediate Release:

Online knife collectors club announces first-ever meeting at W R Case Cutlery Co., Bradford, Pa.

The Elephant Toenail Collectors Club (ETCC) today announced it will hold its first membership meeting around the W R Case Collector Appreciation Day weekend, July 18th & 19th in Bradford, Pa. Knife enthusiasts with an interest in elephant toenails / sunfish knives are invited to attend.

"We are excited about meeting our members for the first time" said organizer Scott King. Case has arranged to allow the club to use their boardroom at the corporate office for this historic meeting. One of the interesting aspects of this meeting is the ETCC is not just another knife club. They were founded in 2003 and have never had a membership meeting. It is an online collectors club for antique toenails. The online club originated with the launching of ElephantToenails.com and has now grown to over 300 members worldwide.

Scott King began the community to provide a forum for collectors to access information on the popular knife pattern. "I never dreamed we ever actually have an off-line meeting" Scott said. "It was a natural event timing for us to get together while we will be in Bradford for W R Case's event. Our members are from all over, so I don't know at this time, how many will attend, but we are excited about meeting. Plus to think we will be calling our first meeting to order in the boardroom of the oldest remaining American cutlery company is just the icing on the cake!"

The ETCC is unique in that it is an online knife collecting community. There are no membership dues, no bylaws and its newsletter, The News, is only available online.

"One of the interesting things about our community here at ET.com is about one third aren't really toenail collectors, per se. They like knife collecting and the community we have built, another one third are moderately active toenail collectors and the rest being hard-core.  We have a good cross section of knife collectors, which is healthy for a community. We really are but a small group of niche collectors of old knives."

For additional information on the meeting contact Scott King at scott@elephanttoenails.com or 256.439.0143

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