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Model No. 11 CIRCUS THROWER Throwing Knives

Model No. 11 Circus Thrower 1

I acquired this pair of Tru-Bal Model No. 11 CIRCUS THROWERS in 2009 from a gentleman who first posted them in a comment on this site. He wanted to know what they were and eventually we were able to make a trade for an undisclosed (but large) number of new Tru-Bal throwing knives. Something I am willing to do occasionally for something this special.
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Tru-Bal West Catalog from 1984

1984 Tru-Bal West Catalog

In 1984 Harry McEvoy struck a deal to sell off two or three models from the Tru-Balance Knife Company to a company in Oklahoma called Tru-Bal West. The models they took over from Harry were the Model No. 1 PROFESSIONAL, the Model No. 3 THROWING BOWIE and a modified Model No. 80 SUPER-PRO with the wings cut off that they re-dubbed the Model No. 82 INDIAN LANCEHEAD throwing knife.
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Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie Throwing Knife Serial Number 57

Tru-Bal Serial No. 57 Front

Stephen McEvoy told me that this is an early version of the Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie throwing knife made by Harry McEvoy in late 1991 or early 1992 at the latest. Sometimes Harry would put serial numbers on the first 50 but certainly not more than 100 knives when he released a new model. He evidently stamped serial numbers on the first 100 of the Stinger Bowie. This is number 57.
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Model No. 8 PRO-MASTER Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 8 PRO-MASTER Front

In 1983 I received the new Tru-Bal catalog but unfortunately by that time I had started to move on to other things and so I was not able to purchase this model or the new Model No. 83 SUPER-PRO (same knife, no handles) that came out that year. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection. In Bobby’s old Tru-Bal catalog pages it says this was made from 1983 to 1988.
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