James crowell is a master blade smith and began selling knives in 1980. This is one of his first knives. A really nice guy and one of the best custom knife makes out there.The scroll work around the handle is superb. I contacted jim and this is his response “Dear Dave,
Thanks for writing. Wow that one has been around a while and is in excellent shape. I am delighted you like it.
It is certainly pre-1986 and appears to have been made by the stock removal process. I still make stock removal knives now and again but have a specific mark to differentiate them from forged blades which have been marked with a shooting star since 1986. Stock removal knives are marked with “J Crowell” in script and a small shooting star right after on the same line.
I think you have a little piece of history as I have not seen one like that in a long time. My name was engraved by a jeweler on that one.
Best regards, Jim
This is one of my favorite knives. Estimated value priceless