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The could be knife Thomas Coram found on October the 1st 1888

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  • Thank you very much for pointing me to your photos nico.

    That is a nice old knife. Could you tell me if there are any other groups of 3 notches on the rest of the handle?

    any other pics of the handle, both sides, would be appreciated, also of the handkerchief and string..

    I will take some time to read through your posts before asking too many more favors

    thank you!


    • only three notches

      Jon I wonder why you are interested in the hankerchief and string ? the string was in good condition but the cloth(hankrechief)was rotten but I threw them both in the bin, I thought that the three notches on the knife could represent three kill's perpertrated with the knife, but who know's maybe it was only for fish !! Jon there is a good photo of the knife on page 10, posst 98. There are no more marking's on the knife only the three notches.



      • Hi Nico

        no worries on the string and cloth, was not up to speed, I read later that the cloth you found was rotten

        anyway, I did read a lot more of your posts and until then was about to ask you why you thought it was a fish knife you found.. though now I read you think its a chefs knife

        I like pictures, so, trying to compare..

        here is a Sabatier site with both Chef knives and Fish knives

        Do you think your knife blade shape is more of a chopper or slicer?

        Chopper, 12" Chef model

        10"Slicer model 6733

        the slicer is more of a fish knife, which would tie in with the 3 notches
        Last edited by Jon_Slider; 05-07-2013, 11:30 PM.


        • 12" inch blade

          Hi Jon, and thank's for the link, I do not know of any other link's about three notches. I belive my knife is a Sabatier "Garanti" french chef's knife with a 12 inch blade, what I've read about this knife is that it was a very good knife and used by different tradesmen. When I said it was a fish knife I was only jokeing !! I have always thought it was a chopping knife BUT after seeing the two photo's you posted it look's more like a sliceing knife, it's blade is very long and thin.

          In 1888 in Whitechapel the majority of the resident's were Jew's, (If this is the knife that Coram found) when the police had this knife in there custody I wonder if they saw the three notches, I also wonder if the police knew about the three notches on knives being related to Jewish custom or tradition ?? to tell you the truth you don't have to look hard to see the three notches on the knife. Let me see if I've got this clear, three notches indicate it is a fish knife ? Very interesting point you made a bout the Jew carried two knives, one for meat and another for fish !! It has been debated on this forum if the Whitechapel murderer carried two knives, thankyou Jon for shareing your information on three notches carved on knives on this thread, all the best.



          • > In 1888 in Whitechapel the majority of the resident's were Jew's

            thanks! I just learned something I did not know before, really appreciated

            > Let me see if I've got this clear, three notches indicate it is a fish knife ?

            yes, In an Orthodox Jewish household, there are utensils for meat which are kept separate from utensils for butter. Fish is considered not meat, so utensils for butter, are also for fish, but should not touch meat.

            Therefore, a Jew could be a Fishmonger and use a thin blade for filleting, and that knife would have 3 notches. A jew could also be a butcher, of beef and mutton, but not swine. And for meat he would use a knife that had not notches.

            > It has been debated on this forum if the Whitechapel murderer carried two knives

            I would welcome a link to that discussion.

            I don't think a butcher would walk around with his 2 knives, nor even one 12" long one. I would imagine the tools of his trade would live in his shop.

            Even with the pocket knives I posted, a jew who carried even just one knife, if it was the notched one, it could be used on anything, fruit, vegetable, butter, and fish included. It would only be against Orthodox custom to use the notched knife on meat, meaning beef or mutton.

            I imagine an observant Jew who keeps Kosher, would carry 2 pocket knives, one with notches for everything except meat, but again, fish is not counted as meat. That is why I call the notched knife the Fish knife, though most Jews would call it the butter or milk knife.

            I am also Jewish, my family name means son of a Rabbi, but I am not a practicing Jew, and was never orthodox, though my mother was. I did not live in a Kosher home, and we did not have separate cutlery for meat and fish. I just found out about the notches in the last few months, as a side effect of my interest in pocket knives.

            here btw is an article that seems plausible to me, about a Ripper suspect that used a 6", not a 12" knife.

            to explain the Coram knife, I would say it was a plant. Nothing about the story of its original find, sounds like credible evidence to me. But then I have no qualifications to justify that impression, it is simply my uneducated first reaction opinion.

            As far as the knife you found, I believe it may be a plant also. Someone went to a lot of trouble to duplicate the dulling of the knife and the wrapping of the handle with cloth, and put it in a place that mirrors the Ripper crime area.

            I don't see how the knife you found could possibly have remained in that area, considering the accounts of it being taken to the constabulary. But again, Im just expressing an opinion.

            Thanks for sharing your info about notched knives, and good fortune determining any more info about the knife you found.


            • Martha Tabram.

              Hi Jon, Martha tabram is not accepted as a ripper victim by many, here is a link about if two knives were used in her murder,

              You mentioned that the knife was planted twice !! I think it would have been risky buisness walking around Whitechapel with a 12" blood stained knife with a hankerchief wrapped around the handle also covered in blood or being seen depositing it on a doorstep "you are asking to be hanged" if the police caught you. Many if not all think that the knife Thomas Coram was a hoax.

              Yes your right that some took their time making it dull and wrapping a cloth around the handle and securing it with a thin string AND placing human blood on it !! to my understanding the arch floor had not been modificated possibly since the arches were made, it was soil, earth, with the top layer mixed with grease and grit. Back in the year 2000 or 2005 the soil was removed and a concrete floor was laid as the arch had been refurbished.

              Jon there is a thread "the knife" wich I think is on Liz stide, you can find her under "suspects" it's on the second page of her list, and yes I will keep on digging up information, in Agust I think I will find ome interesting information about the knife, all the best.



              • > You mentioned that the knife was planted twice !!

                yes, clearly I have no clue how to explain it

                I look forward to any new information you may find out about your knife.

                One last thing on the notches on yours. They dont look as deliberately cut as the ones on the knives I posted. I would go so far as to conjecture, based on the single picture you posted, that those 3 marks are impact marks, not cut in with a file.

                If anyone has photos of any other knives, or historical description of knives with notches, I would also like to hear from you. If you post to this thread I will get email notification.

                Thanks to all


                • carved with a blade.

                  Hi Jon, the photo is not too clear, but yes your right, there not done by a file, but I can asure you there not impact mark's, to me they were done by a blade, the three notches are identical, the handle is made of ebony and those are the only mark's on the handle. I wonder if any of the ripper suspect's had any relation to a fishmonger !! all the best.



                  • Hi Niko,
                    How about Joe/Dan Barnett?, both brothers worked, or had worked at the fish market.
                    I am surprised you had not arrived at that conclusion, although I guess the smiley suggests you have.
                    Regards Richard.


                    • Coram knife

                      Hello Nico,

                      Seems to be something wrong here - Coram found the knife on 30th September at 12.30 a.m. with dried blood on it. It can be ruled out as the murder weapon for Liz and Kate, as they were both very much alive at that time. It doesn't seem to fit as a weapon for Annie Chapman or Polly Nichols either (long thin knife, similar to a slaughterman's knife - Chapman, and shortbladed, something like a cobbler's knife - Polly.

                      Best wishes,


                      • I believe the knife was found the next day, October 1st.


                        • 12.30am 1st October 1888

                          Hi curiuos, Coram found the knife along the Whitechpel road at 12.30am on the 1st of October, nearly 24 hour's after Eddowes murder. How can we really know the size of the knife used, some say 6" other's say 8" or longer and how do we know the murderer used the whole length of the blade. All the best.



                          • Hi Nico

                            thanks for sharing your ideas and not being offended by skepticism

                            here is the knife handle you posted, thanks!

                            the marks look pushed in to me, as if they were caused by hitting a table with the handle. They do not look cut to my eye, but, I dont have anything but this picture


                            • Saturday night or Sunday

                              Hello Nico and all,

                              I have to back down on this, as the inquest testimony and "Scotland Yard investigates" both give the time as Monday morning. However "Jack the Ripper an Encyclopedia" and a couple of my other books give it as early Sunday morning and state that because of this, that this could not be the murder weapon.

                              I always make it a point to trust contemporary sources over books, however well-researched, so will back down (I hope gracefully) and tender my apologies.

                              Yours blushingly,


                              • No lies !!

                                Hi Jon I would like you to belive me when I say the notches were carved, if you had the knife in your hand you could see the notches better and I am certain that you would agree with me, up close you can see were the taper mark's from the blade that produced the nothches. Remember that Ebony is a very hard wood !! in water it does not float, I doubt that it would be easy to mark the knife by stamping it on a corner of a table, don't you find it strange like I said before there are no more mark's on the handle, except for this three notches and they are together.

                                Hi Curious, no need to apoligise at all, yes the knife was found at 12.30am, Monday morning, you are not the only member who thought the knife was found on the 30th of September. As for the timing when it was found YES it could of been used on Stride and Eddowes but defenetly NOT on Kelly
                                all the best,