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Posted by Scott King on April 30, 2009
Character is defined as: originality of a person's nature, the quality of being an individual, just to name a few.
Is there a person from cutlery history that stands out to you and what is it about this person that is memorable to you?
Reply by Scott King on May 1, 2009
It's the Case Brothers.
Even though they are painted as slicks in Brad's Book- The Case Dynasty, I like them.
They were highly entrepreneurial, hard working, hard-hitting (very aggressive) and cutting-edge marketing minded.
Why do I say that?
Well, for several reasons- they did a joint venture with Gold Cross Coffee to promote their knives to coffee buyers. Plus, they invented/created a standard for their company their competitors couldn't use- and it was easily recognizable. It was the TESTED XX standard. In fact, it was so valuable W R Case bought it from them (or took it from them, whichever way you want to look at it.)
Read this ad for a better flavor of the marketing savviness. Taken from Harvey Platts Book- Knife Makers Who Went West. It is my favorite ad of all!
Reply by DELBERT COVER on May 2, 2009
I really wish I could have rode the train to Union Stock Yards in Chicago back in the 1900,s with a load of fat cattle ready to sell to one of the order buyers. While I was there I would buy a few knives from Jack Knife Ben to hold me over until the next time I went to Chicago. He always had the best knives and most of them had a castrating blade and a punch blade. they were tang stamped JACK KNIFE BEN CHICAGO and UNION STOCK YARDS. They are still a legend.
Reply by David L. Anthony on May 5, 2009
Reply by C. David Pierce CRL on May 6, 2009
No doubt about it, Charles H. Platts was the most highly skilled and influential Sheffield cutler ever to grace America's shores. He got his training at Joseph Rodgers and Sons and it showed! For 20 years he supervised the production of award winning cutlery at the Northfield Knife Co. , Northfield, CT
Each of his sons Charlie, H.N., Ray Joe and Frank were apprenticed at Northfield in the Sheffield fashion,so that each could craft a pocket knife from hand forging to assembly,adhering to an exacting standard of quality. It was their commitment to excellence that was,in large part,responsible for the quality we so admire in the earlier products of Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Co.
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Reply by Larry Vickery on January 23, 2011
Im all about the Baer brothers.
Leaving Camillus and purchasing Ulster and then Schrade, merging with Imperial and finally owning it all outright as well as also owning Camillus, There are many an untold story here. Albert and Henry were originals in the manufacturing and marketing field of cutlery.