Seems that the USA Knife world is a small community with some deep roots in the Pennsylvania area. There are a few collectors that seek out and find the many unique tang stamps that over the past few hundred years called that great state home. Here on IKC I know of two collectors that specialize in that. David Anthony and Knifegirl888. Both of them have impressive collections but even more impressive is their knowledge of the area and its ties to the knife manufacturing industry.
We have seen companies buy the rights to some of the names from that area and revive them, a few have achieved success in making them household names among knife collectors.
A few years ago an old friend, Perry Miller, purchased the name Tuna Valley Knife Company. That name is tied to a rare PA tang stamp that few folks had ever heard of. David Anthony wrote a spellbinding article about the original company in Knife World Magazine. I would love to get a copy of it to place in here but need David’s permission to copy it. I will work on that for us. While Perry did not own a knife manufacturing plant he wanted the name to be revived and synonymous with quality. He connected with a company that held that same belief when they revived the names Tidioute, Northfield and Great Eastern Knives. The knife below is one created from that collaboration.
So tying this back to the small world conversation is some exciting news. The Great Eastern Cutlery company is opening 2012 with Bill Howard (one of the two original owners) having acquired the ownership stocks from Ken Daniels. The three names associated with Great Eastern will remain with that exceptional company and we look forward to seeing same great quality and new spins on old patterns. That is after all Bill Howard’s Specialty as a knifemaker.
The name Tuna Valley Cutlery company will now be owned by the Daniels family. Ken and Ryan are “oldstock” in the knife world, well respected for their commitment to USA made knives. I look forward to seeing what will come next with Tuna Valley and the Daniels family. So show me some of the Tuna Valleys that you have in your collection, regardless of what era they are from.
What a great article on knife history.
yea seen that yesterday be one in the house glad the wife don't know any thing still got two two slip in wheeeee wait am i to do ?????????...buy more lmao but she won't be...
good looking knife donnie,iften you don't mind you can send it up here and i give it a good look over and send it right back promise lmao...tom
I think so too Billy. Really like the blade configuration. Useful and good lookin'..the best of both worlds
I have moved this information to the Daniels Family Cutlery group, Join us there and see whats happening soon
I see where GEC is making another Tuna Valley knife, its a spear point that looks alot like our new club knife. If someone purchases it, please post a picture.