Harvey McBurnette Engraved Front-Lock Folding Knife, Abalone Scales
Knives by Eagle Nest, New Mexico knifemaker Harvey McBurnette are among the most collectable pieces by custom knife collectors. Sadly, the fact that Mr. McBurnette has passed away makes them even more coveted by collectors. His knives are hard to find, and valuable. His career dates back to the days of Dick Dorough and W.T. Fuller - all 3 were good friends and knifemakers, who originally worked
together at the Good Year Tire and Rubber Factory in Gadsen, Alabama. W.T. lost one of his hands in an accident and was retired from
work. He needed a front locking
knife so he could open and close it one-handed. All three makers worked
together and developed a front locking folder. Harvey later relocated to New Mexico for health reasons.
This front-lock folder features a mirror polished 154CM stainless steel blade, Abalone scales, and front and rear dovetailed nickel silver bolsters, both expertly engraved by Harvey. The pins are also nickel silver pins, and Harvey has done some very fine and tasteful file-work on the entire perimeter of the nickel silver liners. There's a lanyard hole that extends beyond the butt of the handle, integral to the stainless steel backspring / lock release bar. The blade locks up with the tiniest bit of lateral play, and falls centered between the liners when closed. It opens and closes smoothly, with a nice click going in both directions. This is a wonderful example of Harvey's work, and sure to be a valuable addition to any collection. The knife dates back to the late 1980s or early 1990s, is previously owned, and in excellent condition. There are a couple of stain spots on the edges of the bolster, some fine micro scratches on the blade, and the typical storage / handling marks on the bolster and liners - all seen only under magnification. Comes in a felt pouch.
Condition: Previously owned. Excellent.
Never used, carried, or sharpened.
- Overall length: 5 3/8"
- Blade length: 2 1/4"
- Closed length: 3 1/8"