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Antique Winchester Knives and Company History 1919-1942

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by MerryMadMonk, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. LongBlade

    LongBlade

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    May 8, 2015
    Beautiful knives above GP and GB, and Augie :thumbsup: :thumbsup:... That Napanoch is a stunner...

    Here's my only Eagle Knife Co (which as noted above was acquired by Winchester as one company to initiate cutlery when Winchester started)... From my understanding Eagle Knife Co was a high production and very affordable knife ... I don't think they were known for fancy knives but I have not seen many Eagle knives (not to be mistaken with other Eagle companies)...

    This one was gifted to me from a friend who knew it was up my alley as a Boys Knife and it was much appreciated despite the condition - spring is shot o_O , blade has been sharpened and used productively (LOL) but the good news is the blade stays closed if I push it down twice :D - but at least the example shows the stamp and an example of their knives :) !! A simple easy open knife with black compo handles but a nice Federal shield ;) ..

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  2. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Excellent! The forerunner of the 1920 :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Glad you caught it, John! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Thanks for adding this, Lee! Finding one in any condition can be a challenge. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  3. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Winchester 2340 Teardrop Jack, 3 3/8 inches
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  4. LongBlade

    LongBlade

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    May 8, 2015
    Al - Great looking Winchester as a large MOP jack :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :cool:... As an aside I have a very similar MOP Southington jack at the same size - what amazes me is the slabs of MOP used for the handles :) ...

    Here is an article from the old American Cutler journal of 1921 that is pertinent to this thread - it is an article of why Winchester went into cutlery ;) ... I find it of interest that Winchester as a gun company went into cutlery at the same time as their competitor Remington (and both were located in the same general area - New Haven CT & Bridgeport CT) - and existed approximately the same time frame.. However Remington made many more knives than Winchester and thus the scarcity of them compared to Remington knives imo... Anyway it is also interesting that the article points out that Winchester made bayonets for the British army just prior to a full blown cutlery initiative...

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  5. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Great article !
     
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  6. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Thanks, Lee! Really interesting reading. Love the history. Great addition to this thread :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  7. danno50

    danno50 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 15, 2008
    It is very confusing. I know nothing about Walden stamped knives. I have never personally handled a Walden stamped knife. I think I will try finding some at the next knife show I attend.
     
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  8. danno50

    danno50 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 15, 2008
    Beautiful Napanoch, Grandpa Peter's and Grandma Betty's!:thumbsup: Great condition, looks hardly used!
    Lovely Winchester barlow, Augie!:thumbsup: Here is a catalog cut from the 1930 catalog reprint.

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    Interesting Winchester article, Lee.:thumbsup:
    That Winchester pearl jack is a beauty, Al.:thumbsup:
     
  9. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014

    Thanks for the cut Dan, appreciated. It got me wondering when Winchester put Winchester on the bolster, were they earlier knives or later knives or were they done at the same time.
     
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  10. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Good question, John! Where can we find all that kind of information??

    I was looking for a Camillus which I will post later, but I also found this Winchester 3860!! It is a 4" stockman with some interesting details on the main blade - a forward nail nick, and a larger tang. The jigging has a very fine grain to it, worthy of a smaller knife, but it looks great IMO!! Stock 3860 1.jpg Stock 3860 2.jpg Stock 3860 3.jpg Stock 3860 4.jpg Stock 3860 5.jpg
     
  11. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014

    Thats a real nice Stockman Charlie!!
     
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  12. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks, John!! I haven't seen too many of these. It has been around the block, but it's mostly there!!:)
     
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  13. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    @waynorth Beautiful stockman, Charlie! That long, graceful clip blade really stands out.

    @Augie I've wondered about the Barlows as well. I haven't been able to find an answer in books or online. My guess is that the stamped bolsters came first and as Winchester started facing financial difficulties (they were bankrupt by 1931), they moved to plain bolsters as a cost-cutting measure. But a guess is all it is!

    @Bilbo 1917 Wilson, I'd love to see a picture of your Walden Barlow.
     
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  14. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Speaking of Barlows...
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  15. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014

    Nice Al, something about the workman tough simplicity of a Barlow.
     
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  16. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Thanks, John! I agree.
     
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  17. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Something about that Toffee colour bone they sport, beautiful looking :cool::thumbsup:
     
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  18. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Winchester 3902 Whittler
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  19. danno50

    danno50 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 15, 2008
    Beautiful whittler, Al!:thumbsup: Here is the same knife with a Keen Kutter stamp.

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  20. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Thanks, Dan! Wonderful Keen Kutter you have! Thanks for adding it... great example of knives with different branding, but built by the same master craftsmen:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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