John Nelson Cooper handmade dagger boot knife with classic micarta and bronze fittings handle, original brown leather sheath. 1970th vintage, scarce type; unused – rare as such.
Excellent quality vintage boot knife handmade by John Nelson Cooper with original soft leather “boot carry” sheath included – a great find! John N. Cooper (1906-1987) was one of the founding members of the American Knifemakers’ Guild and one of the greatest American knifemakers of all time; his early customs are especially hard to find. This dagger was made in the classic vintage John Cooper style – hand finished dual-edge dagger blade with the classic “Cooper eagle” on ricasso; the handle is brown micata with brazed bronze bolster, brass spacers, and a solid bronze pommel. Nice original honey-golden patina on the bronze; metal surfaces have not been cleaned and/or re-polished.
The dual-edge blade is razor-sharp; the tip is intact. The handle is well-fitted and provides a very comfortable grip; all parts are solid with zero play. The knife is about 7-3/8″ / 18.7 cm overall; an unusual “broad-head” type blade is about 3-3/4″ / 9.5 cm. The knife comes with original “boot carry” custom-made brown leather sheath. The sheath was originally covered in some kind of varnish which dried out over time; the varnish is literally flacking off but the leather under it is in good overall condition. All original stitching is intact; the leather is a bit dry but intact. This sheath is designed for inside boot/pocket carry only – there are no loops or cuts for a belt to go through. Very interesting and certainly one-of-the-kind custom John Nelson Cooper handmade dagger/boot knife and original leather sheath – this rare knife will make a great addition to any collection.
This rare John Nelson Cooper handmade dagger is part of a small collection of vintage daggers I’ve recently purchased. There is one more “Cooper” dagger available for sale, plus a huge and possibly unique “Cooper” throwing knife. You can check out the other daggers from this collection by clicking on the following tab: daggers.
Also, I have a small but very interesting collection of various edged WW1 and WW2 era weapons available for sale. Don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.
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