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July 08, 2010

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The Equestrian Vagabond

I finally put a leatherman of sorts in the saddlebag of the saddle I use most. Of course, if the horse runs off without me, I will be without, but, better to have something along.

Liviu

Hi, I'm from Romania. Could you tell me please the history of this old transylvanian knife. Really is from Transylvania?
And if it is so, do you know the maker? Thank you very much.
popesculiviu@gmail.com

White Horse Pilgrim

The knife had been made by an old man, a retired forester, in a village near Bistrita. I acquired it secondhand from his son whom I employed. The old man was one of those people who could turn his hand to numerous craft skills involving wood, metal and leather. The son thought that his family had originated somewhere to the north, perhaps from Northern Bucovina, though that did not seem to have an impact on the artefacts that they owned or made. The knife itself seemed to be a type fairly common to the woodsmen in the area, presumably of a traditional type simple to make using the materials available. It has served me well on many wilderness trails.

Liviu Popescu

Thank you very much for your information.

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