Reviewed by Knife World staff
'Sunday knives' - fancy pearl handled beauties worthy of gracing anyone's
pocket on a Sunday. This was the finest grade of production knife, the most
elegant, and to many the most beautiful.
Published in 1979, this eight page booklet showcases the Roberts collection
- once the largest collection of pearl handled knives anywhere, prominently
displayed at shows across the southeast.
In this book, author John Roberts details the different varieties of pearl
seen on these knives, including peacock abalone, opal abalone, oriental
abalone, gambier pearl, splotched pearl, smoked pearl, golden pearl
(commonly called gold-lip) and regular white mother of pearl. Each variety
is discussed in some detail - where it comes from, how to identify it, and
which of the older knife manufacturers used each type. The book is
thoroughly illustrated with color photographs of each and every type with
some of the very best examples that have ever been discovered. Even
longtime collectors will be surprised at some of the unusual and exquisite
knives depicted herein.
Copies of this rare volume have been consistently bringing about $50 apiece
on the out-of-print market, but we have just gotten a great deal on the
author's remaining cache and as such are able to offer these books at a
fabulous price. These are the original first editions, NOT reprints, and
are in as-new condition.
Sunday Knives by John Roberts
Softcover, 8 pp.