Tuna Valley Cutlery Company hosted by Courtney Daniels


Tuna Valley Cutlery Company hosted by Courtney Daniels

     The Daniels family has been trading knives since the 1940's. Our founder , Norman Daniels, taught his grandson Ken Daniels about his first knives not on the internet or knife shows as we know today but at old fashion traders markets and gun swaps. The most famous was Washington Court House near Dayton, OH where at the time this was 6 football field sizes big. Ken Daniels would later teach his son ,Ryan Daniels, the trade.

     I remember growing up at the National Knife Collectors Shows back in thier hay day. I can remember knife icons like Jim Parker, Jim Sergent, Frank Buster, and Pete Cohan (NKM Curaitor) taking the time to teach & trade with me as I grew up. The time anyone has given me credits to our familys devotion to encouraging knife trading to any youth becuase knife trading is dead unless we all do this.

     I can remeber when my Dad decided to do his first Special Factory Order knife. It was with Jim Parkers German Bulldog brand and was a Sunfish with appolosa bone handles. I can remeber thinking how cool my Dad had to be to be able to have his own knife made.

     When I was 11 I had my first opprunity for a knife project. At this time my collection was souly made up of Fight'n Roosters pearls and of course Stags. Frank Buster helped me out with this venture and in 1996 I brought out a 1 of 30 set of "Big Red Ryans" which was a set of canoes with smooth red bone, coke bottle celluliod, & red glitter stripe.

     Once in high school like most I kinda lost track of the knife industry with all the other things going on in a teenagers life. My senior year in high school I met my beautiful wife ,Courtney Daniels, I knew I had to start making money if I was going to keep her so I dusted off the traders guides and went back at it. After I graduadted in 2003, Dad and I decided to start our own line of knives through Queen Cutlery Company. We were very impressed with the old style quality that they procuced and named it The Queen Classics.

     Then when I turned 21 my Dad and I had the oppritunity to start our own knife factory with a man that had worked as the Master Cutler for Queen for years, Bill Howard. In 2006 we offically started Great Eastern Cutlery which we specilazed in making 100% USA made knives made like they used to be back in the early 20th century. I took the postion of National Sales Manager and we went right to our roots for promotion the knife shows. My family and I traveled all across the country for 6 years promoting GEC. During all this time my dughter, Riley Daniels, was born and would grow up into the trade and not know what it was like not to have GEC.

     As all great things have to end,  on Janurary 1, 2012 the Daniels Family sold thier shares of GEC to Bill Howard and also required the old tang stamp Tuna Valley Cutlery. Now we are set off on a new adventure where we will still be offering 100% USA made high quality product and plan on offering several specialty steels with this line. Please check our website in the next few weeks and here at IKC for updates.

Website: http://www.danielsfamilyknives.com
Location: Southern Ohio
Members: 142
Latest Activity: Nov 15


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Discussion Forum

Tuna's in the woods!

Started by Carl Bradshaw. Last reply by Carl Bradshaw Nov 15. 101 Replies

I took the day off work today and spent a little time out in the woods with my camera and tripod, and a pack full of knives.  I got some pretty nice pictures that I am happy with.1906 - Pearl Ladies…Continue

Tuna Valley Production List

Started by Carl Bradshaw. Last reply by Carl Bradshaw Oct 9. 17 Replies

Hi Courtney, I had a question that I was hoping you could help with, regarding the production history for the Tuna Valley knives.I know the about the first 2 years that Perry Miller released the…Continue

Just getting started.

Started by Dennis. Last reply by Leo Lantz Oct 4, 2016. 7 Replies

I think the Tuna line is outstanding and I have just got started on my hunt. Thanks Daniels for this product line.

~NEW HANDLE SERIES~ Time Keeper by Garett Finney

Started by Courtney Daniels. Last reply by Jan Carter Nov 5, 2015. 9 Replies

     Daniels Family Knives…Continue

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Comment by Carl Bradshaw on October 3, 2018 at 17:50

Everyone needs to check out the 2018 Tuna Valley knives. They are some of the most unique Tuna's ever made. I have some new photos in the "Tuna's in the woods!" thread where you can see photos of them.

Comment by Carl Bradshaw on July 22, 2018 at 21:12

Did anyone see the final Tuna Valley release? burl wood handles with copper bolsters!

Comment by Carl Bradshaw on May 24, 2018 at 19:02

Everyone should check out the new 2018 Tuna Valley.  It is one of the last knives produced out of the Queen factory before it closed. Pretty awesome to be able to own one. I have a photo in the "Tuna in the Woods" thread here.


Comment by Carl Bradshaw on March 10, 2018 at 15:16

For anyone interested, I see there is a 2012 Tuna Valley ebony wood lockback (stabber jack) knife just listed on ebay. I know these ones are pretty hard to find. I've only seen 3 come up for sale in the last 4 years.  I don't know the seller, and am not promoting for him, and am not bidding on it. I just thought I would share what I saw. I have one of these and it is quite a nice knife.

Comment by Carl Bradshaw on March 1, 2018 at 14:03

I can't buy one of those in Pennsylvania either. But it's no problem if I go to Ohio, buy it, and then bring it back to PA.  Confusing stupid laws that make no sense at all.

Comment by Ron Dumeah on March 1, 2018 at 12:01

I could never own that knife here in Canada. Sad.

Comment by Charles Sample on March 1, 2018 at 10:10

Wow, that is a very nice one!

Comment by Carl Bradshaw on March 1, 2018 at 9:58

Did anyone notice this knife for sale!  ooooo it looks so cool.


Comment by Carl Bradshaw on December 11, 2017 at 7:26

Courtney/Ryan, any hints on what the next pattern to be released will be?

Comment by Bill Fletcher on August 13, 2017 at 22:36

Carl, I really like your new TV Humpback Whittlers.  Great looking knives!


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