W.C. Tuttle, author of the “Hashknife Hartley” stories, admits that the idea for the “Hashknife Hartley” Western adventures was born of a blister but the character is the composite of two men Tuttle knew some forty years ago.
Tuttle wrote his first “Hashknife” story, titled A Whizzer on Willer Creek (Adventure, August 3, 1920), in Los Angeles —while mad at the blister on his: foot caused by pounding the streets seeking a hotel room. The plot for the story was in his mind, but he had no hero— until he remembered his two old friends.
So “Hashknife” was evolved from the personality of one, and the physique of the other. Prior to this story Tuttle had written humorous westerns, without the highlighted adventure themes!