The knife that helped build early America

EleToeLogofinal-2Every collector has a favorite.

Whether it is a single knife, brand or pattern, we all have a favorite. If you don’t know by now, mine is a pattern- I’m what is called a pattern collector. This simply means I try to acquire all the different variations and brands of this one knife pattern.

My favorite is the vintage pattern commonly called the Elephant Toenail (although it’s had many nicknames over the years, as you will see).

The Toenail was instrumental in helping build America in its early days. It isn’t the oldest knife made here, but was probably the hardest used work knife produced by the early American cutlery companies. It’s amazing any of them survived.

Over the last few days I’ve been playing knives on my Mac and put together a short little presentation about this old knife.¬†Thought you might like it too. ūüôā

How would you gauge a knife’s popularity?

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If we were to set out to gather statistical data on a national basis to determine the popularity of a knife or pattern, where would we begin?

First off, we’d need to identify and then gather certain indicators, wouldn’t we?

Well, wouldn’t it depend on whether the knife is a current production and available in retail outlets, or not? If it is, then we could gather this year’s sales volume number as an indicator. OK, but what if it is an old knife?¬†It wouldn’t be an easy task.

Now let’s throw in that we want to compare its current popularity to say, ¬†4 or 5 years ago?¬†

What if, through web technology, we could actually track interest in certain knives and patterns?

It’s not often I’ll post the same report’s findings at both¬†CNJ and¬† The findings here are of particular interest to collectors of the Elephant Toenail knife, and yet, from a hobby, knife industry and technology perspective, this info has broader implications.

It is entitled The Growing Popularity of the Elephant Toenail Knife. If you are into knife collecting trends and the benefits technology offers to the knife industry, then I think you’ll find this report interesting.

Knife Website In The Spot Light-

In the CNJ Featured Knife Website Series we will introduce, from a non-techy collector’s perspective, different knife related websites.¬†

Today, we are visiting a collector’s site– the¬†

The site is owned and built by Charles Noyes- a Robeson Cutlery Company collector. When I asked where he got the idea to build his own site, he said,

“I formed the idea for creating my website after finding that of Bob Cargill, a past president of the NKCA and founder of Cripple Creek Knives.¬†Bob’s site really inspired me to create one for Robeson Pocket knives.”¬†

One of the benefits of having your own collector site is the relationships with fellow collectors, as they typically have close to the same degree of passion for your niche’ as you do.¬†In that regard, Charles added-

“I’ve received a good many queries concerning Robeson items that people own or have recently inherited. Some of them have had interesting knives about which they needed some information. I answer each and every one to the best of my ability. Thus far, they’ve all been appreciative.”


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