I was looking at some pictures of remains of the various types of knives used by the various American and other colonists and pioneers, and generally most were fixed blade single edged blades and daggers, but there were some folders thrown in there, too. What do you all think the early pioneers and others would have thought of our current knives, such as handles made of FRN and locking blades made of VG-10 and other modern steels and alloys? Do you think they would have regarded most of them more like novelty items, or many would have appreciated some of our designs?
I can imagine the guys and gals on the Wagon Trains would have found Spyderco Knives very much appreciated.
Interesting side note: Supposedly many of the men and women who had to use knives for daily chores preferred the butcher-type knives over the big Bowies. The Bowies and Arkansas Tooth Picks, such as the daggers, came in handy, but were not considered as practical as the Green River Russell Butcher knives and the Sheffield England made butcher sheath knives.