Rare Vintage Anton Wingen Jr. Siberian Skinner Knife!!
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Sold Date: 08/12/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Anton Wingen Jr. has always been one of my favorite Solingen makers and I have collected their knives for years. Anton Wingen Jr. ceased operations and closed their doors in the early 1990's. However, for nearly 120 years they were one of Solingen's finest makers and produced some knives of incredible quality. In addition to their own high-quality knives, Wingen also made knives under contract for other top makers including Kershaw. I've collected and researched Wingen knives extensively for many years and I've never seen another example of this knife. I could also not find any examples in any old Wingen catalogs, so I really don't know how old it is other than to say that it likely pre-dates 1960 by quite a bit.This is large Siberian Skinner model that offers a unique Yatagan-style blade. This knife show no signs of use and retains its very sharp factory edge. The thick carbon steel blade is in excellent condition with just some light scattered surface peppering, likely from many decades of storage in the sheath. This is old and it appears as though someone buffed the blade and pommel at some point in time, probably to make it look new. The blade was beautifully executed and so different from the standard Solingen blades that it really stands out. The handle is of gorgeous, thick, high-quality stag. The stag is beautifully aged and silky-smooth. All handle components are completely tight. The pommel is free of any significant marring with just a few scattered light dings as shown. The pommel nut is the original and is tight. The blade is just under 8", while the knife measures 13" overall. The sheath is the original and has quite a bit of storage wear as shown. T's an old cut near the tip that is also shown. The sheath appear to be covered in Reindeer hide and some of the hair has worn off. This offering presents a unique ownership opportunity for the Anton Wingen Jr. and/or German knife enthusiast, as it will likely be a long time before another example of this knife is available again. A rare and unusual piece from one of Solingen's premier makers!!
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