David Warther Knives Model 1923
In 1923 Mooney began traveling his steam locomotive carvings with major railroad companies and later by exhibit trucks. This promotional work was lucrative and he was now making his pocket knives with ivory handles. In the roaring 20's Mooney's ivory handled pocket knives were well sought after.
Today, the Model 1923 is being made with pre-ban elephant ivory for Ohio customers and ancient ivory handles from ancient fossilized mammoth tusks. Pre-act elephant ivory, per federal regulation 50 CFR 17.40(e), by law, cannot sell outside the state of Ohio. Fossil mammoth ivory can sell internationally and to all states except NY, NJ, CA, HI, IL and NV per state law in those states.
The bolsters and liners are of Nickel Silver. This has been the traditional bolster material since these knives were first made over a century ago. The beauty of Nickel Silver is that it develops a satin finish over time as it gradually takes on micro-scratches from handling. This feature of developing its own satin sheen from the original high gloss is natural and is to be expected of this time honored material. The pocket worn look and feel of Nickel Silver is an earmark of the Warther pocketknife.
The box that holds the knife is in the shape of the earliest Egyptian ships to reflect my work in carving the history of the ship. It symbolizes new beginnings. The box for the Model 1923 is of walnut - a wood grandpa carved exclusively from in 1923.