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    Smith & Wesson Skinner: Classic Knife Review

    Designed for the person looking for the ideal field knife, the Smith & Wesson Skinner lives up to that goal. Back in the winter of 1981 I had just finished my most successful trapping season yet and with that success came the task of skinning a ton of fur. My tool of choice that season […] More

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    Gerber A-400: Classic Knife Review

    The rare Gerber A-400 feels solid in the hand. It is well loved as a collectors piece and as a working knife. This knife has few shortcomings and performs very well. It offers a simple but durable design ideal for a working knife. It offers a relatively straight blade with a drop point. The blade […] More

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    Collecting George Wostenholm I*XL Folders

    Found deep in the financial records of George Wostenholm you find a mysterious note. “Stenton, Mr., Trip to and from America 500.00 Pounds” Picking up an old I*XL transports you to another time. To when knives produced for the common man were of a quality you could be proud of. When knives were used to […] More

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    How To Identify Counterfeit Knives

    I couldn’t hand my money over fast enough. I hurried to my car with a rush of exhilaration and just a bit of guilt. It felt cold in my hand and I didn’t dare take another look until I was safely buckled in my seat. I slowly opened my hand, daring to take a look […] More

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    Joseph Rodgers & Sons: Star Cross Knife Making History

    The first globally successful knife maker, Joseph Rodgers & Sons was founded in the 19th century. Arguably the most well known cutlery for generations, Rodgers was best known for their Star Cross trademark. This six pointed star trademark was granted to Joseph Rodgers & Sons, along with the lesser known Maltese cross, in 1882. The […] More

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    George Wostenholm & Son: I*XL Knife Maker History

    Founded way back in 1745 near Sheffield England by George Wostenholm. The company was carried on by grandson, George, and renamed Wostenholm. The business was continued in their Rockingham Works facility in Sheffield. The next Wostenholm generation (also George) was the creator of the I*XL (pronounced I excel) in 1826. And in four years George […] More

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    Buck Knives: American Knife Making History

    The first Buck knife produced was a fixed blade early in the 20th century by Hoyt Heath Buck. While not a big seller, Hoyt’s design inspired Alfred and Charles Buck to produce the first popular buck knife in the state of Washington. The Buck 110 quickly caught fire with the public and became the best […] More

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    J. Russell & Company: Greenfield River Works Knife Making History

    Founded in 1834 by John Russell in Greenfield Massachusetts, the Greenfield River Works is one of the oldest cutlery producers in the United States. Most notably, J. Russell produced the immensely popular Russell & Co. Barlow knives. These knives were well received throughout the country but were particularly popular in the South. Russell’s barlow was […] More

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    Gerber Legendary Blades: Knife Making History

    Gerber founder Joseph Gerber’s first design was a carving knife and led him to opening his first production facility in 1939. He focused on producing carving and steak knives for many years. Beginning in the 1960’s Gerber started producing hunting, survival and combat knives. Gerber also designed and released the Fh folding hunter. The Fh […] More

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    Utica Cutlery Company: Pocketknife History

    Upstate New York cutlery company Utica was founded in 1910 and has produced many high quality pocketknives for the budget conscious consumer. Some of their most popular knives include the Pocket Pard, Featherweight, Seneca, Agate Wood, American Maid, and Iroquois. The undisputed top selling Utica knife is the Kutmaster. Utica introduced this knife in 1937 […] More

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    Camillus Cutlery Company: History

    New York based Adolph Kastor was already a successful knife wholesaler and importer when he bought a small Camillus, New York knife making firm in 1902. Kastor began producing private label knives for numerous US companies including Sears Roebuck, Kwik Kut, Dunlop, Sta-Sharp, Kresge (K-Mart), and F.W. Woolworth (Kent). Kastor was an adept salesman and […] More

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    Imperial Knife Company: Knife Makers History

    Providence, Rhode Island based Company Imperial Knife was founded in 1916 by two Italian immigrants who got their knife making start with Empire Knife Company. During WWI Imperial produced thousands of knives for the US Navy under the brand name IKCO. These knives were followed by their gold or silver handled Skeleton Knives. Imperial also […] More

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