An enthusiast is a person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject. Winston Churchill once said, "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject". I proudly wear the badge of Colt Enthusiast but I don't want to be labeled a fanatic, so today I'm changing the topic from guns to knives.
The plate in the box reads, "Colt Custom Series - In the grand tradition of custom knives, Colt brings you the "Colt Custom Series". Each highly collectable knife is designed as an instant classic, destined to be a valuable heirloom.
Thus far I've been unable to date this knife but judging from the box, it's pretty old. I'll tell you what I can about it. It weighs 10.4 ounces (feels heavy in the hand). The knife is in the style of a Drop Point Hunter. The length is 8 1/4 inches overall with a 3 3/4 inch stainless drop point blade, stamped CT223 on one side. It has very fine brown checkered wood handles with nickel silver guard and shield. Lanyard hole. It came with a brown basketweave leather belt sheath. It was made in China.
I purchased this knife online from an antique store in Rhode Island. I failed to record what I paid for it, but I believe it was in the $150 range. Somebody said put the name on it and they'll buy it. Okay, I may be a Colt Fanatic! Here are a couple more close-up photos of the knife and a close-up of the plate I described earlier and one of the well worn box.
This limited edition Signature Series Colt Hunter is one of a collection of six knives produced to celebrate the American Rodeo. Barrel Racing, an officially sponsored Colt Team Rodeo event, is commemorated on the mirror polished stainless blade with elaborate gold plated, frosted and deep etched art. The genuine stag handle features nickel silver pins and bolsters.
This presentation grade commemorative is constructed of the highest caliber materials and with superior craftmanship. Each knife in this series is individually serialized and strictly limited to 600 pieces. A fitting tribute to the men and women of the American Rodeo.
The purchase price was $330. It came with a flimsy wooden presentation case that fell apart when I opened the box. I think I can get it put back together when I have time.