Colonial Knife Corp


Colonial Knife Corp


Colonial Knife was incorporated in 1926 by the Paolantonio brothers; Antonio, Domenic, Fredrick . Prior to the three brothers forming Colonial Knife, they each worked in other occupations which would hone their skills as manufactures and businessmen.

The brothers proved they had the skills needed to achieve success. Antonio handling the sales, Domenic the finances and Frederick the manufacturing process. The 20’s and 30’s would prove to be difficult times, but with hard work and determination, the brothers would overcome all obstacles.

During the next 70 years Colonial Knife grew adding new products. The 1950’s inspired such brand names as the Sure Snap (auto knife) along with the Cub Hunter and Rin Tin Tin series and other well know styles of knives that would earn the Colonial brand a reputation as “;a boy’s first knife.

In 2001, some of the employees of the former Colonial Knife started Colonial Cutlery international (CCI) and began manufacturing the M-724 auto knives and the J-316 for the military. This new interest in the Colonial brand led to additional customers such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Cooper Tools, Stanley Works, Ideal Industries, and the General Service Administration (G.S.A.)

  In 2002, CCI registered the Colonial Knife brand as a division of Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. Today, Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. brand is the imported line of knives and tools while the U.S.A.- made products fall under the Colonial Knife brand.
Together, two great brands under one roof.  

Website: http://www.colonialknifecorp.com/index.htm
Location: Anywhere you can carry a knife !
Members: 45
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2022

When Colonial created its first pocket knife in 1926, they knew it would become an industry standard. Today, Colonial is proud to manufacture the highest quality in precision cutlery that can only come from nearly a century of knife making experience. That’s why Colonial is able to offer a lifetime warranty on all its products. Today, Colonial continues to push everyone its manufacturing boundaries, though the use of innovative technologies and breakthrough metal research which requires a powerful position along with creative thinking. It’s the perfect confluence of art and science-the kind of performance you’ll find at Colonial, and the type of ”pushing the envelope“ that has made Colonial an industry leader.

Discussion Forum

Colonial Fruit Knife/Melon Tester

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Charles Sample Nov 28, 2018. 4 Replies

I got this Colonial melon tester knife off of eBay for $17 with shipping.  It is in pristine condition with very good snap, not a blemish on it.  Even though it appears to never have been used,…Continue

Colonial Fish Knives

Started by Syd Carr. Last reply by Syd Carr Nov 14, 2018. 6 Replies

I'm surprised there isn't a thread on Colonial Fish Knives, I've seen them all over the place for years and would expect a few to show up here, but alas I guess I'll be the one to start a discussion.…Continue

WWII Colonial Mark 1 Fighting knife

Started by Mario. Last reply by Charles Sample Dec 14, 2016. 6 Replies

Here is a Colonial Mark 1 USN fighting knife. Condition is very nice (that's my own rating).…Continue

Where do you find these Knives

Started by Dan Fitzgerald. Last reply by Charles Sample Aug 26, 2016. 2 Replies

I've been to a ton of knife stores but have never seen anyone carrying them where do you find these knives, I'm in missouri does anyone have a list of knife store here that carry them?Continue

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Comment by Jan Carter on May 11, 2014 at 19:12

Here is one...Ambassador USA started in 1951 by Colonial Knife Company of Providence Rhode Island

Comment by Jan Carter on May 11, 2014 at 19:10


I am having a hard time finding tang info for Colonials.  So here is what I think we should do.  Show me your tangs.  If you know anything about the manufacture date Great, if you dont lets see is we can find it.

 Wouldnt it be great to put together a tang stamp sheet for this company?

Comment by Jan Carter on April 30, 2014 at 20:05

This group always surprises me.  I know we all own at least one.  Colonial is alive and well, the family is still involved.  if you have not seen their line lately you should!

Not only are they still making autos but the fixed blades they have been putting out are awesome and the quickflip is one good knife!


Comment by Jan Carter on March 24, 2014 at 18:01

Steve put this under his video and I thought I would move it here

Comment by Jan Carter on March 24, 2014 at 18:00

Comment by steve @ colonial knife 6 hours agoDelete Comment

Colonial will be offering sets of knives called " limited edition" that will be the left overs from end of a series-

along with prototypes- for instance, for those interested with "John Russell Barlow" Barlow knife manufactured by Colonial during the 1980's for the Russell Harington Co. AKA Dexter Russell, of Southbridge, MA -Durango and others- each together with information on how project go started, the people involved, the funny stories, and times remembered-

Everyone here at Colonial appreciates his offer- Gear to survive is one of our best performing dealers nation wide

Steve P.

Colonial Knife

In Memoriam
Comment by Robert Burris on September 8, 2013 at 10:07

I keep forgetting about this group. I think I have some Hobo's made by Colonial. I'll try post their pictures. Later.

In Memoriam
Comment by Robert Burris on August 14, 2013 at 12:57

CKC should do well, with the Gerber recall. They have a knife close to the style of the Gerber, Parang.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 18, 2013 at 22:03
Comment by Jan Carter on July 9, 2013 at 15:37


They do have some nice knives.  I know we all have a colonial or two in our collection.  I figured this would be a way for us to show them off and talk about them

Comment by Brad T. on July 9, 2013 at 14:59

There are some decent American made knives on their site.


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