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Old 17th February 2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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Just got this knife...This is my first Gaucho knife and I should really appreciate any information at all about it.... When do you think it was manufactured?

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Old 18th February 2017, 05:32 AM   #2
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Hello Stefan:

I have a similar Argentine knife that was made in the second half of the 20th C (acquired it in the 1980s and it was probably made around that time)--and I think yours may be of similar age. Similar knives come up fairly frequently on online auctions and are still being made.

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Old 18th February 2017, 05:54 AM   #3
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I saw tons of them, mostly in silver, in every souvenir shop in Buenos Aires. They descend from Belduque, or Bolduque, a Spanish name for an old Dutch utility knives made in the city of Hertogenbosch ( Bois-le-duc).
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Old 18th February 2017, 06:56 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for your answers. I really appreciate it!
You can read "La Movediza industria Argentina" on the blade and if I understand it right that company closed down around 1963 so I was just hoping it was older.
Anyway; I am happy for it and shouldn`t mind at all to get more of this type of knife.

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Old 18th February 2017, 08:19 AM   #5
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Good knife. The complete name of maker is LA MOVEDIZA INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA.
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Old 18th February 2017, 02:44 PM   #6
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Old 19th February 2017, 02:01 AM   #7
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Hombre,

Your's is a Creole knife, known locally as a `puņal' on account of its small false edge, and it is the most common type in use since the demise of the legendary large `facon' of the 19th cntry and earlier.

`Puņal' is a misnomer that equates with `poniard', a primarily stabbing weapon and a typology that this blade shape does not fit, being that of a working knife intended for cutting tasks. As to why the locals decided upon this name for these knives is not known.

The brand is that of `La Movediza' a factory that started cutlery production during WWII and finally closed its doors in 1963. However blades with this brand keep turning up and there is much conjecture in Argentinean circles as to whether these are unsold originals or later fakes trying to cash in on this iconic brand.

Because of material shortages during the war, the knives were made from recycled steel taken from scrap and their quality is said to be highly variable.

You may find these two threads of interest:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...hlight=movediza

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...hlight=movediza

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Old 19th February 2017, 12:44 PM   #8
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Thank you so very much all of you. I really appreciate it!
Should love to get Abel A Domenechs book: Dagas de Plata but it seems very, very hard to get.

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Old 21st February 2017, 12:25 AM   #9
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Thank you so very much all of you. I really appreciate it!
Should love to get Abel A Domenechs book: Dagas de Plata but it seems very, very hard to get.

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Stefan

Stefan,

Abel speaks English fluently, so try writing to him at this address: dagasdeplata@yahoo.com

Good luck and,

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Old 21st February 2017, 07:14 AM   #10
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Thank you so very much, Chris!
Unfortunately, Abel is out of stock of that book and I have to continue searching....

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Old 21st February 2017, 07:25 AM   #11
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Stefan,

You could try shopping for a 2nd hand copy. Sent you a PM.

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