Written and published in
At the end of the book are four pages of hand drawn knife company logos.
Format is 8 ½ x 11, 153 pages. The book is hardbound and beautifully illustrated.
Paul Granger wrote a review that says: "M H Cole is a masterful illustrator the likes of which are extremely few and far between. Tragically his books are out of print and difficult to find. "The Skinning Knife" is still available. I would encourage any serious knife collector to aquire a copy if at all possible. It chronicles this vital segment of our nations knife history expertly with fondness and respect. M H Cole is a BLADE magazine Hall of Fame member, and deservedly so. This book is a splendid example of his work and not to be passed over." Sadly, the author died just prior to release of this book.
From the preface: “In this book you will find over 100 different Sheffield made skinners illustrated and at least several hundred different American made skinners plus those made in Germany-France-Switzerland and a few other countries. ~ I have tried to show these knives just as they are and especially the name of the knives and any and all proof or trade arks on the blades or handles."
In his review the great Phil Spangenberger wrote: “M.H. Cole, a pioneer in the field of knife collecting and the author of four volumes of