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Wow, I really like this knife. It looks light and the handle must fit like a glove.
ya, it Raphy from OCAD.
This looks similar to a Russell Belt Knife my father passed down to me:
Originaly called the Russel Belt Knife. Design registered 1958.
The first design didnt have a laniard eye in the end of the grip.
Don!t know when Grohmann took over the production, but they were not the originator of the design. Mine is still fine after 48 years.
Grohmann was ALWAYS the originator and producer of the knife. There has been over 16 copies of this knife worldwide. This one is actually their Trout and Bird knife, R2S. There is the original design R1S that is bigger overall. The CAF and navy etc carried/carries the R3SA, and R3SWM etc similar but different with a different overlap sheath.
D.H.Russell and Grohmann came together and designed the canadian belt knives and they were (and still are) always made in Pictou, NS Canada. They are excellent products!
NO, This is not the knife that was issued. This one shown is the Trout and Bird knife, R2S.
The knife that was issued for 20+ years to the CAF is the Jump Knife, or what they call an R3SA.
However sadly this past year the Canadian Government switched to a cheap crappy copy that is made in CHINA no less for our troops, sad, sad, sad!
All D.H. Russell Belt Knives are made by, and always have been, made by Grohmann Knives in Pictou Nova Scotia Canada.
There have been many cheap copies of their knives, I believe it says close to 15 or something on their website http://www.grohmannknives.com
There are a ton of rip offs out there of the Grohmann knives designs, but they all die off in time, grohmann is the only one still kicking after 50 plus years. Copies are pathetic anyway, just garbage and I think its insulting to the copying companies, get your own ideas.
The one above is definitely the trout and bird knife and the gov’t did not carry it as far as I know. It was always the #3 knife, jump knife and the #4 survival knife that I saw in the military.
Good knives! last generation after generation for sure, they’ll live on so much longer than any of us. They havefree tours of the factory during the week sometime if you’re lucky. The scratch and dent knives are a great deal too in the showcases, something like half off.
I’ve owned a lot of good knives. However, the Russel Belt Knife has been and still remains my favorite belt knife for 50 some years.
I had it as a Boy Scout, I Have carried it while prospecting in the
Cariboo and the Yukon. Such a lovely feel in your hand and it holds a razor sharp edge. A timeless quality tool for the outdoors.
I was mesmorized, as a 7 year old, by the Russell #1 that my cub master in Nepean carried back in 1960. It was 35 years later that I discovered that you could still get them and promptly ordered a carbon steel #1 with staghorn grip. The design lends itself beautifully to dressing large game and waterfowl. And you can actually shave with a carefully honed carbon steel blade! At an estate sale 5 years ago I picked up an unused and authentic #1 circa 1960. The craftsmanship, gold coloured rivets, and beautifully molded leather case is obvious. One side of the blade says Russell Belt Knife Canada and the other Pat. 1958 (newer knives say ‘Grohmann, Pictou’). I suspect it’s a carbon steel model but the blade is still shiny (like stainless steel) from lack of use. If someone out there really lusts over a ‘perfect’ original let me know. Patents are only good for 20 years and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, it is not entirely fair to slander Russell copies; I’ve seen a Solingen-made #1 that does the Russell name proud and we all know about the superior quality of German steel. What’s unique about all of the Russells is that the look of one exudes practicality rather than masculinity.
My Russell has the nicely molded sheath, 1″ of ribbing for the thumb and marked Rd-1858.Can someone tell me what model it is and its value.
My father, who passed away 15 years ago, designed these knives for which he was awarded a Canadian Design Award in 1958. I have the award on my wall. Rudolf Grohmann was the manufacturer. He came to Canada from Germany specifically to make my dad’s knife and he expanded his business to other cutlery items. I still have a kitchen knife he made for my mother with her name inscribed on it. Rudolph passed away some time ago but his son’s and grandson’s have kept the business going in Pictou N.S.
rd-1958 is the Original Design model, check out or email the grohmann site at http://www.grohmannknives.com for pricing etc but I think around $90 retail for a first quality
copies of knives only make the copier look pathetic imho, nothing like the real thing, you get what you pay for!
when you join the canadian forces, when do you recieve this knife?
My first hunting knife was a DH Russell copy marketed by Herter’s around 1970. I was young and didn’t know any better. Anyway, it went by the wayside long ago. I now collect DH Russell originals and also the copies for comparison. I recently acquired an R.Murphy which was leftover original factory stock made for Herter’s at the time they closed 30 years ago. Believe me, the design and finish are both lacking…it does not sit as well in the hand as the Original DH Russell.
I bought mine in 1974, and it has gone everywhere with me. It holds a razor edge, and has cleaned Arctic char, and skinned caribou. I will leave it to my grandson.
My first belt knife was a spin-off of the DH Russell knife and made by a Japanese firm called “Premier”. I bought the knife in 1972 at a sport shop in Vermillion Bay, ON while on vacation. Since then, I have purchased every model that Grohmann made and have doubles of most. In this mans opinion, the #1 design was the best and most practical ever conceived for all hunting purposes. Would never consider going afield without the #1 DH Russell.
I have a DH Russell Candiadian belt knife. It has no laniard eye in the end of the grip it appears to be stainless steel and has an S with a circle stamped on it. 1958 is engraved on one side. I would like to know how old it is?
As a teenage trapper in Northern Ontario I can remember D.H Russell coming to the trappers convention in Sudbury or North Bay with a duffel bag full of custom knives ordered the previous year by trappers. I stood beside his table and admired the various shapes and siizes of the custom knives. Then I became aware that his delt knife had won the design award. Of course I have never been without one and my wife still carries her original 1958 edition that was a gift from me back in our dating days.
We are now passing them on to our grand kids.
A truly great Canadian invention that stands as a one-of-a-kind Canadian tradition even after more than 50 years!
Glad to find something more out about this beautiful knife.
Mine was given to me (new) in about 1965 by a close friend. It is marked Rd-1958 on one side, with the Russell BELT KNIFE Canada on the opposite side of the blade. I have carried it with me ever since, on camping and fishing trips.
Though I have about 20 pounds of pocket and belt knives in my collection, this is unquestionably the best knife I own. No matter the value, this is the one I use whenever I’m in the woods.
Vince, your rd1958 is a #1 (the original Canadian Belt Knife). It was made between 1958 and 1978. The early knives carried what I presume is the Canadian patent registration dates for the first 20 years of manufacture. I have an rd1958 #1 and an rd1962 #2 (Trout and Bird knife). I haven’t seen a dated #3 (Boat Knife), or #4 (Survival Knife), but have the current versions of both.
As far as I know, DH Russell designed these 4 knives, along with their wonderful folder. Since Lorne Russell has a special kitchen knife made by DH, perhaps he had a hand in the kitchen knife line as well.
Grohmann sells a number of knives of his own design, but they are not marked “Russell”.
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We bought one from the store in Japan and love it.
I have a knive made in canada on leather sheath looks liketrout and bird knife supposed to be military does havecanada lenth way on blade no lanyard hole threebrass rivets in wooden handle thats all can you tell me anything about it .thankyou alan