10-23-2014 09:09 PM
An early Emil Voos HJ knife. It has seen better days, of course, and I am not too enamored by the very faded motto, but it is what it is and is definitely a knife that has Been there. Personally, I would not be too hesitant about the missing leather buffer. Many of these are found like this. If it were mine, I would simply cut out a disk of leather and replace it after aging it down abit. They are, after all, simply plain leather ovals and quite often fell apart or rotted off over time. $325 is about the top value of a Voos in this condition, in my opinion. You could do worse.
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William! It's good hear from you. I hope you're doing well these days.
I have some time to think about this one. It's been hard finding good condition HJ daggers with motto, and unfortunately the 2 or 3 I've seen come up have been way too expensive for my tastes. But, I think you have a good assessment of this one, which I may have to pass on. I don't mind spending the top of the reasonable value bracket for something, but I like for the condition to be there.
In this case, I haven't had to consider one without a buffer, but it's good to know that's not the proverbial deal breaker on HJ daggers!
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I picked up my early motto HJ at a gun show in near the same condition as yours for 200, must have been my lucky day!!
I would not be so quick to say that a new leather buffer could be added. The "belly" of the blade is taller than the ricasso, (where the buffer would sit). I am pretty sure that you would have to wet it and stretch it to get it on and hope it shrinks back enough to keep it from being loose.
I am pretty confident the buffer was installed during production before the rest of the handle was added and was put on from that end.
At that price, I would would wait until you find one that suits your needs better. Be patient, one will come.
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