Norm Levine Engraved Lock-Back Folding Knife, Double Bolsters

Norm Levine Engraved Lock-Back Folding Knife, Double Bolsters

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This mid lock-back folding knife was made by deceased California knifemaker Norman Levine of Dragon Knives.  Mr. Levine was tragically killed in an automobile accident the week before Christmas in 1995, hit by a drunk driver.  He began making knives in 1944, and started doing it professionally in 1974.  He continued making knives until his untimely passing.  He was a full-time maker, and a long-time voting member of the Knifemaker's Guild.  Norm focused much of his later career on making fancy art knives.  He was an incredibly talented craftsman and a gifted artisan, who made some outstanding folding and fixed blade knives.  His knives always show exceptional attention to detail, and his fit and finish was right up there with the very best.  All of his work was done solely by hand.  Something that is rare to find these days.  He was always more than willing to help anyone who wanted to learn the knifemaking business.

The knife features a precisely ground and highly polished blade, with a deep belly to the blade and an ample nail nick.  The blade is engraved with "154 CM" and the date "11/78".  It shows excellent symmetry with crisp, clean lines.  Levine's grinds were always outstanding, as is clearly evident in this piece.  The blade was ground with a functional choil on the underside.  It's perfect for a forward-adjusted grip when greater blade control is desired.  The handle scale material appears to be stabilized walnut (or some other premium wood).  The front and rear bolsters are engraved with a floral pattern, done by Mr. Levine.  The pivot and hardware are the centers of the flowers.  The bolsters are highly polished, as are the liners.  Under magnification, fine surface lines / abrasions are visible on the bolsters from storage and age - perhaps carry?

The blade locks up with the slightest evidence of up-and-down play.  Perhaps as the result of the 2-piece, articulated tension bar on the lock release.  The blade sits a tad off center when in the closed position, but there is no contact with the liners.  Comes securely packed - no case or box.

Condition:  Previously owned.

                   Never used or sharpened.

  • Overall length:    8"
  • Blade length:      3 1/4"
  • Closed length:    4 3/4"