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Knifemaker Norman Bardsley Passes Away

Long-time knifemaker Norman Bardsley of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, passed away yesterday.

     Probably best known for his fantasy knives, Mr. Bardsley also made working knives. His patterns included fighters, boot knives, and renaissance and native American styles in upscale and presentation fashion. He used exotic hides for his sheaths.

     Among others, Mr. Bardsley made knives for such actors as Geoffrey Lewis, known for his role as Clint Eastwood’s sidekick in Everyway Which Way But Loose, the leader of the trio that seeks revenge on the town of Lago in High Plains Drifter and other films.

     Mr. Bardsley’s funeral arrangements are pending.

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