Pocket Knives and Tool Knives in the Early 1900s


cutlerymakersofamer1919headingContinuing our series on knife names and classifications in the early 1900s. For you into the history of our knives and knife manufacturers, looking back reveals a highly competitive and, yet, diversified cutlery market. We began this series with All the types of knives and the firms that made them.

Next, we looked at kitchen knives and the tremendous variety produced. Today, we are looking at the classification list of Pocket knives and Tool knives, as set out in the official directory of the cutlery trade published as The Cutlery Makers of America in 1919.

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Knives used around the Kitchen in 1919

kitchen2What is the most important tool used in the kitchen?

We here at Cutlery News Journal vote: The Knife, of course.

If you agree, then let’s be more specific- What knife, or better yet, which knife?

I think you will be surprised by all the different kinds of kitchen knives that have been made.

As a side note here- have you ever thought about the names given to knives? Why certain names were given and what they mean? And when they were first used?

Off the top of head, I would say that the majority, if not all, knife companies assigned numbers to identify knives and patterns. Some knife companies had very sophisticated systems, like Case, where the handle material, number of blades, pattern number, etc. were used.

But, what about the names? Where did they come from and why were certain names used, as opposed to others?

You may be surprised to know that back in 1919 an Official Directory of the Cutlery Trade of the United States was published. It classified the kind of knives and blades made. This list was published in The Cutlery Makers of America.

Today, I’ll will show the names of all the knives identified by this official directory used in and around the kitchen. You will find these interesting. Some of these knives are still known by these names, but for others, we would be hard pressed to identify them today.

My favorite is the Chicken-Killing Knife (more…)