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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
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NE AKTA Throw Scheduled 3rd weekend in May

Joe “Broken Feather” Darrah is planning on having the North East AKTA Throw again this year in Berwyn PA. on May 19th and 20th, 2012.

The cost will be 30.00 for all events. There will be a sanctioned AKTA Throw as well as a Mountain Man Throw. There will also be games, Long Distance, Speed Throw, Quick Draw or whatever else he can come up with. Even a blowgun competition!

For rules and information please go to the AKTA web site http://www.akta-usa.com/ and check everything out.

For anyone wishing to donate prizes for the event feel free to contact Joe Darrah.

Last year they had a great time with world famous throwers Che Che White Cloud and Dick Haines. Martial Art’s Master and Author Amante (Mat) P. Marinas was also in attendance. Joe says they had a great time with all participants receiving some sort of nice prize of a Knife or Tomahawk.

All contestants and anyone wishing to learn to throw will be required to sign a waiver. There will be some space available on site for camping and there are a bunch of hotels nearby. If you are coming and need to make hotel arrangements look in the 19312 zip code area or King Of Prussia PA. area, zip code 19406 which is about 10 minutes away.

The actual physical address of the throw will be 260 Leopard Rd. Berwyn, PA. 19312, this is about 15 minutes from the Valley Forge exit of the PA. Turnpike exit 326, all are welcome!

It should be a good time with friends we don’t see that often. Please email Joe Darrah with any questions or comments.

Joseph Darrah
AKTA National Tournament Director
Cell: 610-247-8107
Email: brknfthr at aol dot com

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Set of 3 Gun Blue Finished Tru-Bal Throwing Knives: Models 1, 3 and 4

Tru-Bal Set of 3 Blued Throwing Knives

I originally purchased this set of three Tru-Bal throwing knives on eBay in 2009. Here is the original auction description:

This auction is for a lot of three Tru-Bal Harry K. McEvoy throwing knives. These three knives are finished in a very high quality deep gun blue finish. The longest, I believe it is a Cuban thrower is 13 3/8″ long and is the only of the 3 without any markings. The next is 11 3/4″ and is marked TRU- BAL and has the logo on both sides. The next knife is also 11 3/4″ and with the same markings. They all have matching handles of black vulcanized fiber. These show no wear or evidence of ever being thrown. The longest knife has some small rust spots, see photos. These are sold as pictured, check the photos very carefully and ask questions if you need. I purchased these from one person as a set. I am not sure if they came from the factory blued or not, but the bluing is of very high quality and makes these throwers very unique.

Tru-Bal Set of 3 Blued Throwing Knives
Tru-Bal Set of 3 Blued Throwing Knives

These knives are actually a Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional, Model No. 3 Throwing Bowie and a Model No. 4 Battle Blade. It appears that they have had their handles removed and then were blued like a gun. I am not sure if this was done by Harry at Tru-Balance or by someone else after purchase. I asked Stephen McEvoy, Harry’s son about this and he said that if a customer wanted their set of knives blued, he would have done it for them. So he could not say for sure if it was done by Harry but he could not rule it out. I tend to think they were not blued by the Tru-Balance Knife Company but by someone else afterwards.

When I received this set and could see what they really were I realized there was probably a missing Model No. 2 Bowie-Axe that was not included so I wrote the seller and asked about that. Here is what the seller wrote back to confirm my suspicion:

Found them on a table at the Rochester, NY gun show last year (2008). The guy had bought them from an estate sale he said. There were four in the set. I kept the bowie axe for throwing myself. That is all I know about them. The seller didn’t know anything about them.

I knew there was a missing No. 2! This set had Model No. 1, 3, and 4 and I knew whoever made them also would have done a No. 2. I felt it was missing. This breaks my heart actually because now I know I do not have a complete set.

These are like new in brand new condition. But the handles are loose and the model no. 4 has a different style of rivet which is not the regular kind used by Tru-Bal. In the process of bluing these knives it appears that the markings on the blade have been filled in some and make them harder to see. They are virtually gone on the model no. 1 but you can still barely make out the Tru-Bal stamps with the stars and arrow heads. They are faint but they are there.

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Model No. 98 Tru-Bal™ Frontier Bowie Throwing Knife by Stephen D. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 98 FRONTIER BOWIE Throwing Knife by Stephen D. McEvoy

Like all Tru-Bal throwing knives, the Model No. 98 FRONTIER BOWIE is also crafted of super tough specially tempered spring steel and will withstand a lifetime of rugged use as a throwing, hunting, survival & combat knife.

Tru-Bal Model No. 98 FRONTIER BOWIE Throwing Knife by Stephen D. McEvoy
Tru-Bal Model No. 98 FRONTIER BOWIE Throwing Knife by Stephen D. McEvoy

The size and shape of the blade is very similar to the Model No. 2 BOWIE-AXE but it has the comfortable anatomic handle, which makes it easy to hold and throw.

Overall length is 13½”, 2” wide, 3/16” thick and weighs approximately 15 ounces. Handle slabs are of tough vulcanized fiber.

Durable leather sheath and throwing instructions included.

This knife is brand new from the factory. It is handmade by Stephen D. McEvoy, son of the founder of the Tru-Balance Knife Company, Harry K. McEvoy.