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Posted 2 years ago


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These are a few of the items I found in a box of stuff we bought. We don't collect knives so know little so far. I was wondering if anyone has a handy resource for researching pocket knives other than Google?

I don't intend to start collecting them but any advise on how to safely clean them would be appreciated also. I ended up with about two dozen pocket knives, some like new and some old.

Mystery Solved


  1. Bootson Bootson, 2 years ago
    Finding stuff like this in the bottom of a box, is like finding buried treasure to me.

    I'm sure AR8Jason will be along here before too long with some pocket knife wisdom for you.
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Thanks for all the replies & loves. While I don't collect knives I thought it would be wise to at least try to preserve them by cleaning them up, then learn a bit about them.

    I had noted that in another post AR8 had mentioned a friend using a pencil eraser to clean up a mark so it could be read. I had forgotten about doing that. I have a bottle of nitro solvent that we used to use years ago when our shotguns were using black powder. I wonder if that might be useful in the cleaning process???

    I will list them as suggested above after I tend to my flock. Although it might be more productive if I deleted this post and tried for better photo's and list them individually.

    I thought the shoe knife was kind of unusual. It is from Germany I think but not sure at the moment. There was also one I wrote down that is not pictured but marked Mikov,

    It looked useful as it has all kinds of gadgets.

    Once again, thanks for the replies and information.
  3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    I will post them individually with ( I hope) clearer pictures. For the moment I will list what is up here as you suggested above.

    L-1 = Shoe knife with one blade and what appears to be a nail file. Markings appear to be A. W. Wadsworth Sons. A.W. is over Wadsworth and Sons or Son under Wadsworth.

    L-2 = Marked Imperial, Prov. RI. USA on the large blade. Imperial is over Prov. RI and the USA is vertical to the right of that. The smaller blade has three rows of numbers 2284833, P2689400, 2478855. The two 8's in the last row are a guess until I can clean it. Looks like some kind of yellow paint (not original) on handle.

    L-3 = Marked Craftsman, USA, 9502 on the longest blade. The emblem on the side is an Eagle with ribbon like design under it. I would guess Craftsman refers to Sears line.

    R-1 = Marked with three words, one is Yankee, The second looks like CutleryC, and last Germany. Markings are on the longer blade.

    R-2 = Long blade marked Camillus which is underlined, under that is New York and under that is USA. The other side of that blade has 41 on it.

    R-3 = This one is difficult to read but American, under that Knife and under that I think it says Winsted CT. The Winsted is difficult to see. There is a chip out of the handle that doesn't show well in the photo.

    R-4 = Long blade on this one is also marked Camillus, New York, USA on one side and 69 on the opposite side.

    Once my camera is charged up I will try getting better individual photo's. New camera and I am still experimenting with it. Worse than learning a new cell phone.
  4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Excellent information and it is greatly appreciated.

    While looking around on the link above for I ran across a post credited to the Goins which discussed American Knife of Winsted. They stated that employees of Empire Knife were a bit upset with management at Empire so they quit and started their own knife company (American Knife, Winsted) on Boyd Street in Winsted in 1919. That lasted until 1947 when they moved to Lake Street. Then in 1948 the name was changed to Kendal Manufacturing Co. and in the same year changed names again, this time becoming Bukar Manufacturing Co. . That remained until 1955 when the great flood hit Winsted and the entire company was washed away and never reopened.

    It was an interesting site and interesting reading. The fellow that quit Empire and started the company in 1919 with his son was Louis Petrunte and he sold out his interest in the company in 1920. There was a relative of his posting looking for knives with the American Winsted brand.

    Now I am curious whether Petrunte went back to Empire or perhaps started another business. I'll save that research for another time.
  5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    The shoe knife shown in the image above is quite similar to the one I have but made in a different place. The one in the link above has the X with the XNLT between the openings of the X. It also has seven buttons up the front of the shoe, and should be marked "Sons" rather than "Son".

    From what little research I have done this afternoon the one in the link was made in Nixdorf. It seems that Adolph Kastor used different countries of origin as a means to get around the blockade that the USA and England had in place to stop imports from Germany.

    I used the eraser lightly and found that there is more written below the word Germany, although I doubt I will ever be able to read it all as it is so low down that the last three or four letters are about all I am going to be able to expose.

    In that my wife is somewhat unhappy with my being glued to the computer I will stop and pick up later.
  6. Knifeman1, 1 year ago

    Best book is Levines Guide to Knives and Their values - 4th edition or any older editions.

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