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Reply by Sue OldsWidow on
just a tiny tidbit of INPUT
Imperial knives was a manufacturer of affordable American folding knives founded in Rhode Island in 1916. By the 1940s, Imperial knives became the Imperial Knife Associated Companies Group when the company acquired Schrade Cutlery. In 1985, the company became the Imperial Schrade Corporation. In 2004, Imperial Schrade's New York manufacturing plant closed, and all production shifted overseas. Dating the American Imperial knives produced between 1916 and 1988 is relatively simple. After 1988, the Imperial tang stamps were discontinued and replaced by the Schrade name.
PDF of a 1941 Imperial catalogue-- http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Imperial/1941-Imperial.pdf
PDF of an1959 Imperial catalogue-http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Imperial/1959-Imperial.pdf
PDF of a 1936 Imperial catalogue-http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/Imperial/abt1936-Hammer.pdf
PDF of a 1952 Imperial Hammer Brand Jackmaster catalog-http://ibdennis.com/Jackmaster%201952.pdf
Sue, I'm trying to discover how and when Imperial started to make the knives that I collect. Imperial and Curtis Industries got together and made what I call Key Knives. Imperial took one of their 2 blade knives and somehow left out the small blade. They left the pin intact. Then Curtis designed a key blank that inserted onto the pin. The blank was removeable and the car dealers would remove it and cut it to fit your car. The dealers logo would be placed on the handle as the dealer wanted it.
Do you or any of your group know anything about this?
Hi, Jan, You probably have answered this question already, but... When did Imperial Knife Co. acquire the Hammer Knife Co.?
I have Bryan W looking into an old article on these for us
Imperial bought Hammer Brand in 1936