American Cutlery Company History Trivia


Knife Company History Trivia

Knife History Trivia

The history of our American cutlery companies is rich. New and interesting factoids are being discovered all the time.

Even though I am awful in Trivia Pursuit, the popular board game, learning about the early days of the communities, people and circumstances of the knife companies is most enjoyable. 

Today, we have a question for you knife history buffs.

What US city at one point claimed to be “The Cutlery Capital of the US?”

Clue: There was more than one City/Town/Community over the years that claimed to be the center of the knife universe. 

For the answer click “more.”

Fremont, Ohio

fremontohioHistory records Fremont as housing dozens of firms employing 3000 workers. It is said to have been the Cutlery Capital of the US for nearly 100 years.

Surprised? I know many of you may have answered, “Little Valley, NY,” so stay tuned. I’m working on an article on the communities claiming to be the Cutlery Capital for Knife World Magazine now. I’ll let you know when to be watching for it.

Published in: on February 12, 2009 at 10:06 am  Comments (5)  
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  1. i have a scale made by american cutlery co. wondering if there is anyone interested in it, and what the value would be?
    carol g.

  2. I have three new knives still in the round tins and in the cardboard boxes made by American Cutlery co. established in 1975. These are hand made knives and come with a limited lifetime warranty. I cannot seem to find any information about these knives online. Did they go out of business??? How much are the knives worth…never been used still in the round tins models 22001,22002,ch-22048 thanks for any help i can get…

  3. I have acquired a very old “reverse pruner” type single blade with beautiful old stag handles. Only identifying stamp is Bernings Cutlery (or Lernings Cutlery, can’t say for sure). At a recent knife/gun show I was told it was made by a blacksmith in Mass. between 1820 and 1840 for a company in business at the time. I cn’t find any reference at all on the internet or my books. I would appreciate any input.

  4. I have an american cutlery co. produce scale. Does anyone know what if anything it may be worth.

    Thank you

  5. I have a set of 13 knives (6) & forks (7), bone handles with pewter inlays. The knives are approximately 7&1/2″ and the forks 6&1/4″ long. Shafts are full-length steel on both. There’s a pewter design at each handle end on both sides. It looks like about a 1/16″ wide pewter vertical line 1/4″ long with a circle at the end. The circle’s about 1/2″ in diameter from outside edge to outside edge. It’s inlaid in the bone so that the center of the circle is bone. The handles are pewter capped at each end and this simple design runs up and down from each cap. I’ve seen similar knives; but most are of wood and the ones that are of bone have 2 pin-bolts on each handle, while these have only 1 pin in each handle center. Imprinted on each knife blade is a logo that look a little like the heintz catsup logo in shape with the date 1865 in it & across that is imprinted American Cutlery Company. One of the knife blades is much thinner than the others and the edge is flatter and just slightly bent at the tip, like someone tried to pry a lid with it. I understand people used to eat with their knives; so maybe that’s the cause. I’ve seen similar knives being sold for as little as $10/ea. and as much as $20/ea. Mine are in excellent condition except for the one knife I told you about; but there the damage is minor. Would you be interested in buying them or can you give me a “Rough” value or value range? Would very much appreciate any help. Thank you. R. Leiter

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