For your consideration is this Western Model 39 knife blank. Made in U.S.A. 1989
Here is a piece of Western Knife history.
I believe this blank was stamped out in 1989 at the Western Knife plant in Longmont, Colorado
This is what the Western knife started out. It was punched out of the steel then on to grinding and finishing.
The tang stamp on this one is WESTERN U.S.A W39 M
8 1/4″ oal