American Cutlery History Trivia 2


Knife Company History Trivia

Knife Company History Trivia

It’s that time again. Time to test your remembrance of American Cutlery History.

This week, we are looking into old- I mean really old-  knife companies here in the States. To get your pump primed….think back to the 1800s. Think about the firms you are familiar with and their locations.  

What firm laid claim to be the oldest cutlery company in America?

Hint: It isn’t Buck Bros. or Russell


holleymanuFounded in 1844 by Alexander Hamilton Holley and George Merwin as Holley and Merwin, the Company claimed to be the oldest manufacturer of pocket cutlery in the United States. The company name was later changed to Holley & Company. In 1854, it was incorporated as the Holley Manufacturing Company.

The Holley Manufacturing Company of Lakeville (Salisbury), Connecticut, produced pocket cutlery and related products, from 1844 until 1946. Holley Manufacturing Company’s sales and production declined after 1933 and the firm was dissolved in 1946.

Interestingly, this Holley catalog from 1915 states the firm was in its 72nd year (1843).

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  1. Holley would have been my guess. I’ve seen and owned a few. A friend of mine owns an old (duh) Holley Wharncliffe Whittler that was featured in an article by Bernard Levine in KNIFE WORLD last summer. He politely chastised readers who said the knife wouldn’t look too bad if it were cleaned up, going on to say “why buy an old knife just to try to make it look new”. Old is old and it should be left alone and I ain’t going to argue with Bernie. (Digression over) 🙂 With that being said, Holley made some darned good knives.

  2. I’ve yet to own one. Maybe I’ll find a big fat Holley toenail!

    And I agree with BL on his point.

  3. I believe that the Ivory handled, four blade, Congress pocket knife, that was listed in Abraham Lincoln’s personal effects the day of his assasination was a Holley & Company pocket knife.

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