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An Old Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog

I received these images of an old Tru-Balance Knife Company catalog that I’d never seen before. It turns out that they come from Bobby Branton, a longtime friend and student of Harry K. McEvoy.

The hand-writing looks like Harry’s (but so does Stephen’s a little) so I think it was before 1993. But I know it was after 1984 obviously by the dates written on it.

This is a great resource because it gives dates that certain models were in production.

You can click on these images to see the full-size version which is easier to read.

Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 1
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 1
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 2
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 2
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 3
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 3
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 4
Unknown Year Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog Page 4

I received a copy of the Corrado Knife Album No. 68 from Robert Gruzanski which had this section on page 12 of Tru-Balance Knives which are the earliest I’ve ever seen…

Tru-Bal Knives in the Corroado Knife Album No. 68
Tru-Bal Knives in the Corroado Knife Album No. 68

I’m not sure if “No. 68” means 1968 or not but it is in that era. This page shows the early Model No. 1 which was known at this time just as “The Professional” model. It also shows the Bowie-Axe which became the Model No. 2 and the Battle Blade which is the Model No. 4. It does not show the Model No. 3 which is very interesting. Instead there is a “Walrus Skinner” which I have never seen and also some “Target Specials” which I would think are very rare early models.

3 thoughts on “An Old Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog

  1. Looks like I have a Rifleman #6A.
    I was wondering what model I had here.
    I wish I knew when it was made.

    DarryH
    Nebraska

  2. Well, according to what’s written here on this catalog it was made between 1975-1977. Probably 75 or 76.

  3. […] saw one of the posts here with the catalog descriptions of Tru-Bal knives and that helped him identify what he had. He commented about it and we started emailing […]

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