Posted 10 years ago
We had a few place settings (knife, fork, spoon) from a mid-1960's grocery store promotion in Los Angeles, Ralph's on at Vermont and Sunset. Over the years we found a few more pieces on Goodwill runs. Our last big search was on a trip in the late '90's up the coast from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, stopping at every Goodwill and thrift shop we could find. We found over a dozen similar pieces, thirty years after the promotion. We still look for them. They are stamped "STAINLESS JAPAN" on most of them. Over the years usage has damaged some of the bakelite (I'm guessing) inserts, and we have repaired them with liquid steel epoxy tinted black. There are several variations, some have incised lines and/or stars, others are smooth. I love these old tools, and use them every day. They remind me of when my bride and I were young, in love, and carefree. Nowadays, two out three ain't bad...