Summary: one of the first eight of this model Bo made and sent to friends and dealers in 1946. The historical value of this knife is through the roof, I was thinking about keeping / using this knife myself but just could not bring myself to do so. The 2007 letter from Robert Gaddis pretty much tells the story, I know there’s more information about these early Trout & Bird knives in one of the Randall books but do not recall which it is.
Everything about the knife is tight, nothing is loose although the ivory is cracked. The right side carry brown button riveted Heiser sheath with some carry wear / handling marks, most notably on the front. The snap functions perfectly, Heiser stamp is clear and legible.
10 photos for review – as shown, a Randall carry case is included. I could go on and on about the rarity of this early pinned ivory knife, it’s 70+ years old with rock solid provenance. Check out the photos, read the letter, decide for yourself. Thanks and good luck.