• Queen Half Congress lookee lookee

    For them as like such things, here’s a small lookaround a Queen half congress I came across a while ago. It is in stag and D2 and is 4” closed.

    I was quite surprised to find this, though that doesn’t really mean very much in terms of its actual rarity . It is just very handsome and I have been looking for something like this for some time.



    I thought at first it might be as Queen-branded by-product, as it were, of the sambar congresses that Queen made for Northwoods several years ago. I had one of those but found it rather bulky and, day to day, I couldn’t (and still can’t) imagine a need for two sheepsfoot blades and two pen blades. So that one moved on to a good home. However, the ½ congress is something like an ideal for me, and I love the swayback handle and the way it sits just so in the hand.



    That aside, this one may well be a side effect of Northwoods,, but what puts me off that idea on further inspection is the astonishingly handy penblade this thing has. My other Queen ½ congress (in that kattomeat looking wood – birdseye maple ) has a longer and much straighter blade. It is very adequate, but his one feels and acts like a cross between a pen and a spey – which is just right. It is oriented just right too, slightly offset from the midline of the knife.



    Anyway, it is very pretty and I am very happy with it.

    Here (below) you can see the reason for the extra slip of brass at the bolster ends which had come up in earlier posts. Still don’t know what it called though

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Queen Half Congress lookee lookee started by Noddy View original post
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    1. Gizmo's Avatar
      Gizmo -
      Lovely knife Noddy. I love the swell you get in the handle when stag is used rather than the flatter handles you get with wood, makes for a nicer grip in the hand.
    1. bagman's Avatar
      bagman -
      I don't like etching on blades but otherwise that's a great looking knife
    1. Stew's Avatar
      Stew -
      If I look past the stag, I like it! I often just see stag and get piut off the knife, forgetting to not judge a book by its cover.

      Slap something different on it and I would enjoy carrying that. Certainly looks versatile enough.
    1. aesmith's Avatar
      aesmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by Noddy View Post
      Here (below) you can see the reason for the extra slip of brass at the bolster ends which had come up in earlier posts. Still don’t know what it called though
      I would have thought the extra brass slip (shim?) should be the other side of the long blade, so that it folds parallel to the liners instead of having to lie diagonally.
    1. Stew's Avatar
      Stew -
      Quote Originally Posted by aesmith View Post
      I would have thought the extra brass slip (shim?) should be the other side of the long blade, so that it folds parallel to the liners instead of having to lie diagonally.
      It allows for the overall package to be thinner.
    1. aesmith's Avatar
      aesmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
      It allows for the overall package to be thinner.
      Same thickness, surely? Either way there's a blade and a shim in between the liners.
    1. Stew's Avatar
      Stew -
      Quote Originally Posted by aesmith View Post
      Same thickness, surely? Either way there's a blade and a shim in between the liners.
      O
      Nope. To sit parallel thr re would be two blade thicknesses plus the spacer between. This is just one blade thickness plis the spacer. You would also need a second spring.
    1. Incensedmatt's Avatar
      Incensedmatt -
      It's not just me who doesn't like stag. Phew! I must say the few times I have seen stag and liked it is on trad folders. I don't own a Queen yet, but I know I will make the move one day. The country cousin looks like a good place to start.
    1. Noddy's Avatar
      Noddy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bagman View Post
      I don't like etching on blades ...
      Those Queen etches don't last two minutes ... first time they see a bit of scotchbrite they are off!

      Didn't realize there was an anti-stag lobby Long fancied a stag stockman, but never seen the one I actually want .. I expect the right one will turn up though Once or twice I have seen an unbadged Fightin' Rooster version but they have been too small or the right size but stupidly priced ... which is sad
    1. hughtrimble's Avatar
      hughtrimble -
      A fine find Nod. I only recently noticed the Northfield UN-X-LD Half Congress I have also has a sway back - it adds a whole new layer of 'Ooh' to it!
    1. aesmith's Avatar
      aesmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
      O
      Nope. To sit parallel thr re would be two blade thicknesses plus the spacer between. This is just one blade thickness plis the spacer. You would also need a second spring.
      This what I mean in the top sketch compared to the lower one where one blade needs to sit at an angle. Either way the thickness between the two liners is one blade plus one shim at each end. Not sure what you'd do with the spring, do twin blades normally use a double-ended spring?

    1. Stew's Avatar
      Stew -
      Quote Originally Posted by aesmith View Post
      This what I mean in the top sketch compared to the lower one where one blade needs to sit at an angle. Either way the thickness between the two liners is one blade plus one shim at each end. Not sure what you'd do with the spring, do twin blades normally use a double-ended spring?

      Your sketch suggests that the spacer is the same thickness at the spavcer, which it isnt.

      Twin blades like the one in the OP would use one spring. One in your sketch would use two.
    1. Noddy's Avatar
      Noddy -
      Here adding a couple of pics I took today comparing blades on the birdseye maple and the stag versions of this half congress Queen made





      slimmer, as you see

    1. TOM STRATTON's Avatar
      TOM STRATTON -
      Quote Originally Posted by Noddy View Post
      Those Queen etches don't last two minutes ... first time they see a bit of scotchbrite they are off!

      Didn't realize there was an anti-stag lobby Long fancied a stag stockman, but never seen the one I actually want .. I expect the right one will turn up though Once or twice I have seen an unbadged Fightin' Rooster version but they have been too small or the right size but stupidly priced ... which is sad
      Noddy, Hello there ! (I haven't been on BBF for some time.) Being on the wrong side of time zone I was always by myself. Hope you are well, I recognized you from my time on here a few years ago.I saw the Half Congress and remembered a Case half-congress I had rehandled in amber stag and filed. It was a great EDC but I gave it away to a friend for taking me fishing at Kentucky Lake. I keep an eye out for one all the time now to replace it. Cheers to you !
    1. Noddy's Avatar
      Noddy -
      Hi Tom, it is nice to see you back around the place ... you certainly haven't been forgotten

      I saw this recently - a carbon steel half congress in jigged bone for 60 dollars on Clarence Risner's page .... the maple ones seenm to have al gone, sadly, as have a number of lovely and affordable dogleg jacks that were there

      http://www.crisnercutlery.com/queen-city-knives.html
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