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Reply by Sue OldsWidow on March 24, 2012 at 12:40

Doing some research on Utica,Kutmaster thought I would share the READ

The Utica Cutlery Company was founded in 1910 by a group of prominent Utica businessmen. It was felt that a metal working industry would create employment and bring economic balance to the area. The primary industry in Utica at the time was textile manufacturing.

The original location for the company was 820 Noyes Street. Through the years, several major additions were made to the building, but the address remains the same. The current size of the factory and office is approximately 100,000 square feet.

The company has continuously manufactured pocket knives since 1910. In 1918, fixed blade kitchen cutlery was added. During World War II, the company manufactured bayonets and carbine parts and earned UTICA the coveted Army-Navy E., as well as a number of other awards.

Stainless flatware was added to the line in 1952 and has been continuously manufactured and marketed by the company since that time. The flatware program was substantially enhanced during the "mid-seventies" with the addition of imported flatware. This broadened the line by adding a number of new qualities and price points.

In 1970, the company acquired the Walco Stainless Division of Voos Industries. WALCO is a major player in the hotel/restaurant industry and provides an entire array to the institutional market. WALCO is an independent division of the Utica Cutlery Company serving the institutional market.

Today, Utica's KUTMASTER division manufactures and imports a wide range of pocket, lockback, fixed blade, and liner lock knives. KUTMASTER holds patents on several multi purpose tools which are manufactured in Utica, New York. In addition to folding knives a wide array of cutlery and picnic sets are offered in both set and kit configurations. The KUTMASTER division services the Sporting Goods marketplace, as well as Hardware, and Advertising Specialty industry. A number of products are manufactured in Upstate N.Y. under private label arrangements for a wide range of customers.

 

The trade name "Kutmaster" was first used in 1937. The parent company, Utica Cutlery of Utica, New york, has been producing knives, straight razors, and other cutlery since 1910. (Prior to that, the firm had produced coffins and vaults under the name Utica Burial Case Company.) Company headquarters are still located at the original 820 Noyes Street location to this day. During World War Two, the firm produced knives, bayonets, and Lineman's knife and plier kits for the US military under both the Utica and Kutmaster brand names.

 

The MultiMaster  tool was developed in the late 1980's and was one of the first multi-purpose plier tools to compete with the then-new Leatherman products.

 

In addition to Kutmaster, Utica Cutlery was able to obtain rights to market their multitools under other famous name brands such as Caterpillar, Browning, Klein, and Proto Tools. Economy style knives and tools are imported and marketed under the Mountain Quest  logo.

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Reply by Sue OldsWidow on March 24, 2012 at 12:44

Doing some research on Kutmaster thought I would share the READ

Antique And Collectible Knives - A Brief History And Overview

By  Paul Sidelinger

 

There are many seasoned sword and knife collectors who are interested in old, collectible, antique, vintage pocket knives, hunting knives, classic gun knives, boar knives, throwing spikes and stilettos.

An imperial collection of these antiques remain as a matter of pride and fancy to antique lovers. There are many antique depots that promote knife collections. They sell antique collectibles to knife lovers at grand and amazing prices. Some of the antiques in the market are:

Vintage Cattaraugus "Sleeve Board Pen knife" - This is a great old knife. The blades have strong snap. Nice gold-flake, celluloid handles.

Rare old Utica Kutmaster Advertising Knife "Northrup King Seeds" 3 blade stockman - Large clip blade has nice long nail pull. Nickel silver bolsters. Brass liners. Nice old American made ad knife.

Just the coolest little knife, Joseph Rodgers "Mini Sheepsfoot" - Handle is rough-textured black bone with inlaid nickel silver oval shield (great to engrave on). Blade has super-strong; it snaps open and close.

Rare old antique A. KASTOR Coca Cola Advertising Knife - This has 2 blades: can bottle opener and spear blade. The main blade is tang stamped "A. KASTOR BROS. NEW YORK" on one side and "COCA COLA BOTTLING" on the other side. Strong open and close snap on both blades.

Vintage Case, Tested XX knife, 2 blade "Equal End" with slick-black handle - Large clip blade is swedged and has nice long nail pull. It has a small pen blade. It's a rare old beauty with strong blade snap and solid handles. It would make a great addition to any knife collection. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

Vintage Cattaraugus "Sunfish" knife - This has a hard to find pattern. This is a great old knife with full blades and strong snap. Flawless Honey Jigged Bone handles.

Rare old antique Lipic Advertising Knife "Do Better with Doughboy Climatized FEEDS" - Large spear point blade is swedged at the tip and has nice long nail pull. The other is a bottle opener and screwdriver. Strong open and close snap on both blades. This has a Lipic U.S.A. tang stamp.

Nice Old, Rare, "Buster Brown Health Shoes," camp utility knife with nice jigged bone handle - This knife is in excellent condition. All blades have strong snap. Large spear blade has nice long, deep, nail pull and is swedged on both sides to the point. It has a "BUSTER BROWN" inlaid shield. There is a tang stamp on spear blade; Number 30 on back tang of spear blade. This has nice nickel silver bolsters with beauty line.

Very old and rare "Cock Spur Saw Knife" made by J.M. Vance & Company, a hardware wholesaler of Philadelphia, Pa from 1776-19.

1920's vintage Cattaraugus "Sleeveboard" pen knife - This comes in hard to find pattern. This great old knife comes with full blades and good snap.

1930's vintage Cattaraugus "Dog Bone" knife - Extremely rare pattern has fancy swirled celluloid handles, with dog bone front and rear bolsters, like a toothpick.

Cited above are only a few of antique and collectible knives. All the antiques are available in used condition, but rarely treasured ones are available in mint condition. Proud possession of such knives is a matter of luck and money, certainly.

Paul Sidelinger is an expert in the field of knives.

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on April 23, 2013 at 20:44

In addition to folding knives a wide array of cutlery and picnic sets are offered in both set and kit configurations. The KUTMASTER division services the Sporting Goods marketplace, as well as Hardware, and Advertising Specialty industry. A number of products are manufactured in Upstate N.Y. under private label arrangements for a wide range of customers.

Additional info

Utica was founded by former Camillus employees as well as the investors mentioned above

KUTMASTER was added as a brandname in 1937.

Reply by Steve Hanner on December 28, 2012 at 8:51

Some interesting information about an older company name:

About KutMaster http://www.kutmaster.com/about/

The Utica Cutlery Company was founded in 1910 by a group of prominent Utica businessmen. It was felt that a metal working industry would create employment and bring economic balance to the area. The primary industry in Utica at the time was textile manufacturing.

The original location for the company was 820 Noyes Street. Through the years, several major additions were made to the building, but the address remains the same. The current size of the factory and office is approximately 100,000 square feet.

The company has continuously manufactured pocket knives since 1910. In 1918, fixed blade kitchen cutlery was added. During World War II, the company manufactured bayonets and carbine parts and earned UTICA the coveted Army-Navy E., as well as a number of other awards.

Stainless flatware was added to the line in 1952 and has been continuously manufactured and marketed by the company since that time. The flatware program was substantially enhanced during the "mid-seventies" with the addition of imported flatware. This broadened the line by adding a number of new qualities and price points.

In 1970, the company acquired the Walco Stainless Division of Voos Industries. WALCO is a major player in the hotel/restaurant industry and provides an entire array to the institutional market. WALCO is an independent division of the Utica Cutlery Company serving the institutional market.

Today, Utica's KUTMASTER division manufactures and imports a wide range of pocket, lockback, fixed blade, and liner lock knives. KUTMASTER holds patents on several multi purpose tools which are manufactured in Utica, New York. In addition to folding knives a wide array of cutlery and picnic sets are offered in both set and kit configurations. The KUTMASTER division services the Sporting Goods marketplace, as well as Hardware, and Advertising Specialty industry. A number of products are manufactured in Upstate N.Y. under private label arrangements for a wide range of customers.

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on December 28, 2012 at 20:10

It sure would be nice to see one of these old history knives

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