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Posted by Rick Hooper on January 22, 2013 

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

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 seconds , unsold stock, overruns , amd the lost cutlery stock due to bankruptcy, death, etc. So show us the old vintage ones,those restamps and seconds! One cutler, who comes to mind is Ray Platts, son of Charles Platt ,who around 1919, reground, rehandled , restored and certainly, restamped the old defundt Northfield Knife Company leftovers, that I suppose, the Clarks Bros. of Kansas City, missed in their acquisition of Northfield Knife Co. Conn. cutlery stock. Another well known American cutler, is Chris Wolf , foreman for Schatt & Morgan, who in the 1920's made a good living on the side,making his own knives,on S&M's dime and helped start Queen cutlery!  Then, there is Jean Case, the Case families knife seconds repurposer , and a founder of Kinfolks. Yet another restorer of the leftovers is, an relative unknown cutler, John Cushner, who rebuilt and restamped, Naponoch Knife Company parts, from 1931 to 1938. A couple that I own, is a NEW YORK KNIFE COMPANY, HAMMER BRAND , two blade, cocabolo senator, master blade reground and stamped crudely: GF Creutzburg , Eagle Phila. PA , a businessman, who bought seconds and overruns in the northeast from 1875 to 1943. My second photo is a vintage four blade ROBESON, Shuredge,Knife Company, New York. It has  one blade, which was replaced perfectly by A.L. Lockwood, of Springfield, Mass. A master cutler, from Boston and Chelsea Mass. ,originally with his brother Edward, owned their own cutlery company. Later becoming shear makers, tool sharpeners and knife repairmen! Then there is the German Cutlery Companys , with names such as "BEST ENGLISH CUTLERY", who just flatout copied and counterfeited the finest Sheffield knife works, sort of like China making Case XX copies, aka Cowan Creek, etc! I believe some of the forum members could dig up a few of their own and other examples with notes on their history. Thanks Rick.

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Reply by Rick Hooper on January 22, 2013

Here is a couple of Eagle Phila. Pa reworks , notice the ground tangs. These dogleg jacks were seconds for an unknown New York cutlery firm. The shield shown is the giveaway for the ID of the company.

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