T Van Kempen wrote:They are a reproduction of a very old English steel .Williams. Smithfeild. London. Also known as a Pipe steel, Very sought after in the meat industry. But the most popular ones are the straight ones. The pipes are popular amongst the people that know or have heard about them through stories past down through the years. Original pipes command prices in the range of between 4 and 6 maybe 700 dollars on auction sites.
One of my work colleagues collects steels. I'll pass on your contact details to her. And yes - she's always on the lookout for Pipes.
There were also Pipe brand knives - probably the most famous of which was the one Harry Wolhuter used to kill a lion that was mauling him http://www.kimwolhuter.com/harry.htm