here is some more updated information ..
Robert Van Adestine and his father Andrew Van Adestine have some how been "missed" by history. This is very sad because they were unsung contributor's to our US soldiers, filling their need for Military Fighting knives at the beginning of the World Wars when fighting knives were in short supply.
I have been actively seeking them out for over 3 years now, and have found many, but it has been very difficult to locate something that is virtually "unknown" to the knife collector world.
I think that the book that is being offered will help collector's to locate and identify these lost treasures. The book is like a treasure hunters guide for the military fighting knife collector.
It's like this ....
Robert Van Adestine made hand forged knives from 1895 to 1959 - William Scagel made knives from 1891 to 1963. Their hand forged knife making overlapped 64 years. Scagel knives sell today for tens of thoudands of dollars, yet the Van Adestine knives remain unknown.
Perhaps someday history will correct itself and give the Van Adestine name the long overdue recognition that it deserves. What's really strange is that the World Book Encyclopedia used a photo of Robert Van Adestine's Dagger in their publication from 1947 until 1982 - for over "35 years" - see below.
If WORLD BOOK heard of VANADESTINE knives back then, how come no one else has?
see my link for more info. http://www.yostaction.com/vanadestine.html
Your comments are welcome ... If you have one of these Van Adestine fighting or hunting knives in your collection, please contact me. I would like to add the specifications to my on-going study.