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Posted by Scott King on April 30, 2009
Being the history buffs we are, do you have a piece of history that is priceless to you?
If so, upload it here so we can see it and tell us about it.
Reply by Scott King on April 18, 2010
Got me another Case Brothers Box today. It makes three of the early wooden boxes that have found their way to me :)
Two are the pearl elephant toenail boxes Pattern number #8250 and the other is #1207
Reply by Scott King on April 18, 2010
Also got me a rare J. D. Case & Sons postcard from the Case Cutlery Co. days in Kane, Pa. It was used in Brad Lockwood's book on Case.
The American Cutlery Manufacturers Association
In the 1920’s many of the cutlery manufacturers around the country gathered together and formed the American Cutlery Manufacturers Association. The goal was to better production distribution and protect one another.
The association attempted to standardize knife blade manufacturing and blade styles producing the "Pocket Manufacturers Standard Catalog" in 1928. This standardization would play be a big role in the war effort producing a similar knife by many companies meeting the all the governments requirements.
In 1930's They produced a pamphlet bemoaning the abuse of the "Cutler's guarantee" by some individuals and suggesting strongly that the manufactures amend their current statements to the following.
The companies whom signed the pamphlet were:
CAMILLUS CUTLERY CO.
W. R. CASE & SONS CO.
CATTARAUGUS CUTLERY CO.
COLONIAL KNIFE CO.
DWIGHT DIVINE & SONS, INC.
IMPERIAL KNIFE CO.
LANDERS, FRARY & CLARK
QUEEN CITY CUTLERY CO.
REMINGTON ARMS CO.
RUSSELL HARRINGTON CUTLERY CO.
ROBESON ROCHESTER CORP.
SCHRADE CUTLERY CO.
UNION CUTLERY CO.
UTICA CUTLERY CO.
THE VOOS CO.
WESTERN STATES CUTLERY & MFG. CO.
WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.
These were the salesmen and corporate executives from the knife companies whom would meet and attempt to gather insight into what their competitors where up to without giving up any of their own trade secrets. I would have loved to had been there to watch some of these giants in their fields in action.
The Association is now called
Their list of past presidents includes some well known individuals from Schrade, Imperial and Camillus
Membership Info > Past Presidents
1. 1950-53 Walter H. Voos The Voos Company
2. 1953-56 J.O. Woodsome Jamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co.
3. 1956-58 George J. Michel H. Boker & Company
4. 1958-60 Joseph D. Gallery Russell Harrington Cutlery Company
5. 1960-62 Robert F. Chrestenson Ontario Knife Company
6. 1962-64 Robert U. Clemence Hyde Manufacturing Company
7. 1964-66 J. Russell Osborne W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
8. 1966-68 Harry B. Hazelton, Jr. Imperial Knife Associated Companies, Inc.
9. 1968-69 W. Livingston Voos The Voos Company
10. 1969-71 A. Edward Allen, Jr. Utica Cutlery Company
11. 1971-73 Richard B. Hardy Russell Harrington Cutlery Company
12. 1973-75 William J. Hunter Ontario Knife Company
13. 1975-77 Robert N. Farguharson W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
14. 1977-79 Nilo M. Miori Camillus Cutlery Company
15. 1979-81 Lucius Nims Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Company
16. 1981-83 Henry W. Fazzano Imperial Knife Associated Companies, Inc.
17. 1983-85 Louis M. Hovey, Jr. Utica Cutlery Company
18. 1985-87 Richard R. Clemence Hyde Manufacturing Company
19. 1987-89 James W. Furgal Camillus Cutlery Company
20. 1989-91 Edmond A. Neal, Jr. Russell Harrington Cutlery, Inc.
21. 1991-93 James Stitt Cutco Cutlery Corporation
22. 1993-95 Guy Warner Warner Manufacturing Company
23. 1995-98 John Fry Red Devil, Inc
24. 1998-2000 CJ Buck Buck Knives, Inc
25. 2000-2002 Michael G. Dillon Camillus Cutlery Company
26. 2002-2004 James Economos Imperial Schrade Corporation
Bernie Levine whom attended a few of the past meetings related that he "heard stories that the meetings were like a family gathering, where the members would attempt to outdo each other with straight faced “story telling”. Similar to high stakes idiot’s poker."
Reply by Scott King on April 30, 2009
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Reply by David L. Anthony on
F this doesn't get your cutlery blood boiling, nothing will. Check out the detail on this old girlI wished I did own this great piece of history. When KABAR sponsored part of my book, they also allowed me to view the corporate records they have from the 1902 "UNION RAZOR" and forward. I particularly liked this one as it has RAZOR crossed out and CUTLERY inserted. Makes dating it very easy. In addition it was signed by W. R. Brown grandson of Job Case and founder of Union. Although I feel that his father John Brown was the real money behind the whole process.
If it were for sale, I would pay a handsome sum to own it for sure.
If you ever get to Olean, NY visit the KaBar visitors center and ask to see these. If they will allow you.
David L. Anthony
Reply by Larry Vickery on January 23, 2011
1929 Camillus Stock
Some great history here folks! Hows about some updated items on here? I've not got much in the lines of these items, but would love to know how/what/where to look for these things.
These types of "leftover" history as I call them, are a true passion for me! I have found many of mine on ebay but you have to put in some broad or rather weird parameters. Try typing in just wr case in ebay. weed through the stuff that doesnt even fit the catagory LOL. suddenly you start finding things like old prints, dealer signs, OLD bandaid tins