Guide to Cattaraugus Knives
The Cattaraugus Company was started by John Champlin and his son
Tint in 1882. It was first incorporated under the name J.B.F. Champlin and
Son as a wholesale distribution company based in Little Valley, New York. The business proved to
be a successful endeavor, and it soon branched into a knife production company named
In 1890, Mr. Champlin purchased cutlery
manufacturing equipment from a failed business called the Beaver Falls Cutlery factory.
Because Champlin started in the knife business as a wholesaler for a company who Imported
and English knives he had great knowledge about the cutlery
business. As a wholesaler, he knew the market well, and he knew the
shortcomings of the U.S. knife manufacturers. His plan was simple.
He believed that the business would thrive if he could providing the highest
quality cutlery available. In order to achieve this goal, he hired the best cutlers
and provided them with the highest quality materials. This
combination proved to be successful. Champlin brought in cutlers from
Germany, England, and other U.S. manufacturers. The knives that were
created in these early years set the quality standard by which all other U.S.
manufacturers were measured.
More About Cattaraugus Knives
The links below offer a detailed explanation
and reference to various characteristics about Cattaraugus
Knife Numbering System
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explain the company's numbering system that it used to represent knife
patterns, handle materials, and other characteristics.
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number, Cattaraugus sometimes stamped additional letters on its knives to
blades or other unique characteristics. This
link contains information about these characters.
materials used by Cattaraugus
you will find some pictures and descriptions of the various handle materials
used by Cattaraugus. They are listed by their respective handle number designation.
knives listed by pattern number
link lists most of The company's knife patterns by their factory pattern number,
shows a picture, and gives each knife a name along with a description.
||This link contains information about The knives
that the company manufactured for WWII.