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Folder's

 

Larger views of the pictures below can be seen by clicking on each picture.

 

This page of folders is from the 1993 brochure.

 

    Here is an example of the FM-II-K (Folding Mamba II Kraton) handled version. The blade length can vary slightly on these but generally  measure about 3 1/8". Blade thickness is .187" or about 3/16" The actual sharpened portion of the blade is approx. 2 13/16". Closed length is 4 5/16". This is the second most common version of the Folding Mamba.

photo courtesy of  Joe Gonzalez

 

 

photo courtesy of  Joe Gonzalez

 

 

  

 

    Below is an example of the FM-II-M (Folding Mamba II Micarta) variation. While these are harder to find than the Kraton or Zytel versions they are much more common than either the pearl or tortoise handled versions. There seems to be about as many of these as there of the Cocobolo handled version.

 

 

 

Here is a nice example of the FM-II-S (Folding Mamba II Stag) variation. Thanks Bill for sending this nice picture.

 

 

    This is a typical example of a very hard to find variation of the Folding Mamba. The model number is FM-II-T ( Folding Mamba II Tortoise). At this time I do not know how many of these were produced. The material is actually Celluloid.

 

    

photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard

                                                                                                         

 

                          

                                                                                                                               photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard

                                                                                                                             

 

photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard

                                                                                                            

    Next up is this example of an FM-II (Folding Mamba) handled in real elephant ivory.  This is the only such example I have seen to date and is legit. At one time I believe this particular was part of former BlackJack CEO Mike Stewarts personal collection. The sheath is a custom made piece from an unknown sheath maker.

photo courtesy of  O. J. Faust

 

    Here are several views of a  gorgeous example of a red stag FM-II (Folding Mamba) prototype. This is the only one I have seen like this thus far and is quite a find.

 

 

    This is also a very rare bird. The FM-II-P ( Folding Mamba II Pearl).  The material used for these was also a pearl appearing celluloid. At this time I don't not know how many of these were produced.

 

 

 

 

 

    Here is an example in white Micarta. Shown in the closed position. The picture was provided by fellow collector Russell Lawrence. Thanks once again Russell. This is the only one I have seen to date. I am not sure how many were made.

 

 

 

 Now here is an interesting knife that never made it into production.  The folks at   Heckler and Koch the now legendary firearms giant worked with the BlackJack company to developed a folder which would be marketed under their name.  This knife was the model 91.  The prototype shown below features a gun safety style release.

 

photo courtesy of  O. J. Faust

 

 

    The Donnybrook folder. These were made in Japan. Charles Selima was kind enough to provide some more information on this knife. It seems that the blades were aus6, the bolsters are nickel silver and, he and I both feel that the handles are not Micarta but are in fact some sort of plastic. The thumb studs are reversible as well. Also Charles says the name of the knife refers to a free for all brawl. The term derives from the Donnybrook fair held annually in Dublin Ireland until the mid 1850's. It was infamous for it's riot's. Thank you for the information Charles. Recently I obtained information from Jason Stewart about these. Here is what Jason had to say....

    "The Donnybrook was actually never a factory release. It was made in Japan and was at best sub-par. If you found a pearl version, that was an aftermarket custom job. The original handle material was black paper Micarta. The concept of the knife was great, the Japanese finish was just poor. The knives were sold to Coach Marketing/Degen in 1995 under the name FLT-1 which stood for Folding-Light-Tactical. If I remember right, Blackjack just blew 'em out to get rid of them. They are quite rare, however, as there was only one shipment of about a thousand pieces (or maybe even 500)."

    As you can clearly see by the pictures below there are a few variations out there of this particular knife. Most seem to have the FLT-1 mark with Seki Japan appearing on the opposite side. Though at least one and mostly likely more were marked with the BlackJack logo. Also some were marked with an  SOF logo. I have only seen two like this and one was an incomplete knife that was sold at the BlackJack auction.

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard                                                                        photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard    

                                                                                                     

 

 

photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard                                                            photos courtesy of  Joe Dennard

                                                                                                  

 

 

 

Here we  three views  of a Yukon Skinner in stag.

 

 

 

    He is an interesting variation of the Yukon Skinner. This examples has a BlackJack single grind blade. I am not sure how many were made in this manner. The pictures were provided by fellow collector Russell Lawrence. Thank you very much Russell.

 

 

 The picture on the left shows the single ground blade. The picture on the right shows the difference between the standard grind of the Yukon Skinner and the single ground version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is an example of an FM-I (Folding Mamba I Standard blade).

                                                               

 

 

 

                                                                   

 

 

Here are a few views of a nice example of an FM I STL (Folding Mamba I Stiletto blade).

     

                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

    Some examples of Zytel handled folders. Top knife is the ZYS-II (Zytel Yukon Skinner) MSRP: $39.95  Current Value: $100.00. Second from the top is the ZFS-II (Zytel Folding Skinner) MSRP: $39.95  Current Value: $100.00. Third from the top is the ZFM-II (Zytel Folding Mamba) MSRP: $39.95  Current Value: $100.00. The bottom knife is the ZFM-III (Zytel Folding Mamba Key Chain Knife)

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

Micarta handled version of the Yukon Skinner.

 

 

 

Here we have an example of  the folding Kukri. The folding Kukri was made for only one year making it somewhat rare.

 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

 

This a fine collection of BlackJack folders. A few of these are very hard to find.

 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo