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Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

This is an early Model No. 1 Professional throwing knife from Tru-Balance that I picked up a few years ago. This model was made by Harry K. McEvoy for 30 years from 1953 to 1983 when he sold the design to Tru-Bal West along with some others. By then he was no longer putting the hole in it. Early models like this example have a hole in the blade near the handle. The model no. 1 that I bought from Harry in 1983 did not. Another give-away that this is an early model is the style of sheath it comes with which has a different quality of leather that is much softer than the leather used in later years and is put together with only rivets and no stitching. This sheath is also much narrower than their one-size-fits-all sheaths they began making later. It fits this knife like a glove.

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional
Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

This one is certainly not pristine but it’s not in absolutely terrible shape. It’s been used and has the standard black pitting on the blade, but no rust. The handle shows some wear and has a few scrapes and dings. The blade has been sharpened which will make throwing this by the blade a bad idea. Because of it’s rarity it is still highly desirable and collectible but you could still go try it out on a target in the back yard and not risk losing any value if you aren’t too crazy about it.

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional
Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

You can see an advertisement from a vintage Corrado Knife Album No. 68 which shows the early “Professional” model with the hole in it…

Corrado Knife Album No 68
Corrado-Knife-Album-No-68

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  1. I have one of these early no. 1 throwing knives except mine does not have the tru bal stamp on the blade or sheath. It does have the tru bal symbol stamped on the blade and sheath. It has the hole in the blade and the early all rivet sheath. Have you ever seen one like this

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