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Early American Cutlery History


Early American Cutlery History

Early American cutlery history fanatic? Here's the gateway to the past and we're waiting on the other side. But be warned, there are nerds in here.

Location: A place in time
Members: 79
Latest Activity: Mar 5

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Discussion Forum

Favorite old knife company

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Steve Hanner Jul 8, 2013. 2 Replies

This one is tougher for us, I know. But do you have a favorite knife company from the day's gone-by? If so, share with us why it is your favorite.

How about your favorite piece of knife history

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Rick Hooper Jun 22, 2013. 15 Replies

Being the history buffs we are, do you have a piece of history that is priceless to you?If so, upload it here so we can see it and tell us about it.Continue

A Beautiful etched Tom Ray Bone Jack Knife listed as "good" Condition!

Started by Rick Hooper. Last reply by Rick Hooper Jun 18, 2013. 4 Replies

I followed this super nice condition, TOM RAY CUTLERY CO. bone jack knife on ebay since it was started at 99 cents. It was listed as just "good" condition by the seller, who did themselves a big…Continue

Tags: Clark, Case, Bros., &, Curtin

American Cutlers, who re-worked factory overruns, seconds and rejects. A.L. Lockwood, Ray Platts, Chris Wolf, G. Creutzberg

Started by Rick Hooper. Last reply by Rick Hooper Jun 14, 2013. 19 Replies

During any era of cutlery manufacturing , there have been individuals, mostly skilled cutlers, who for the  most part, rebuilt, repurposed , restored and resold, factory knives. The unwanted , the…Continue

Early Cutlery History Factoids

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow May 9, 2013. 3 Replies

We all enjoy reading about the life and times of the early American cutlery firms and their founders, towns, employees, salesmen, competitors, sales tactics, etc.Share with us any tidbits you have…Continue

Favorite characters from cutlery history

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Jan Carter May 12, 2012. 18 Replies

Character is defined as: originality of a person's nature, the quality of being an individual, just to name a few.Is there a person from cutlery history that stands out to you and what is it about…Continue

More neat pictures

Started by David L. Anthony. Last reply by stephen tungate Feb 18, 2012. 8 Replies


Tags: related, stuff., cutlery, old, love

Dates. We all love dates!

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Scott King Feb 24, 2011. 18 Replies

Most of us probably hated memorizing dates back in school, but now that we can related dates to happenings we care about, they tend to stay with us better.Do you have a specific date that represents…Continue

Snippet of a scene or phrase from a book, ad or other written document

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Larry Vickery Jan 30, 2011. 8 Replies

From your readings is there a favorite phrase or scene that stands out in your mind?Share it with us.Please give proper credit to the author and cite the book or document it came from.Continue

What's your favorite?

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Scott King Jan 16, 2011. 3 Replies

Got a favorite era, cutlery firm or town representing the great history of knives here in America? What is it and why does it appeal to you?

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Comment by Steve Hanner on February 28, 2012 at 9:25

My thanks to all who participated in the chat. a downloadable pdf file of the scripted part of the chat is above.

Comment by Steve Hanner on February 18, 2012 at 19:10

If you love Early American Cutlery History come see :

The Cattaraugus Cutlery Company Chat! Join us for another Live Chat Event Hosted by iKC's own Gus Marsh! February 27, 2012 from 9 p.m. Eastern (8 Central/ 7 Mountain/ 6 Pacific)

Comment by Steve Hanner on February 18, 2012 at 18:51

Welcome Ivars and SK glad you joined. We we have some catching up to do if we are going to educate you and myself...on the History of Early American Cutlery. First up is just a brief tidbit of information on Kissing Crane. Wonder how all that started?


Comment by Ivars on February 8, 2012 at 15:11

Hallo Smiling - Knife I'm still here! :D But I'm beginner in early american cutlery! I join here to know something more!

Comment by Smiling-Knife on February 8, 2012 at 14:59

Hey is anyone still here? I don't know much about American knives but I like learning about cutlery history.

Comment by David L. Anthony on February 23, 2011 at 11:07
You are correct in your statement. The two are unrelated
Comment by John Hall on February 23, 2011 at 10:44
Thanks David, That certainly clears things up for me. Can i assume if I come across a tang stamp in the future that reads "warranted" along with Union Cutlery that it is not from Tidioute or Olean?
Comment by David L. Anthony on February 23, 2011 at 6:24

This Union Cutlery was NOT the one from Tidioute and later on Olean NY. It was out of Chicago I think!!!   Parker used the knot on a repro with the Union Tidoute tang stamp, but he didn't know they weren't related. It is an older knife, but NOT a Union Cutlery of Olean. Hope this helps guys. Great stuff

Comment by John Hall on February 23, 2011 at 5:47
Thanks guys for the help so far, i attached a .jpg to my last response, its a clear picture. Let me know thanks!
Comment by Gary Kennedy on February 22, 2011 at 20:42
Got any pictures John


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