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 Post subject: "House Brand" Knives
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:13 pm 
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As I stated in my ax thread, I have a special place in my heart for Ward's. My grandfather worked for MW, so everything we had was from Wards. Western Field, Hawthorne, Powr-Kraft, Admiral, the list goes on; very high quality merchandise.

I don't think I every had a Wards pocketknife, though. I was a Schrade guy; bought all my knives from Bi-Mart (Northwesterners will know it - kind of a regional proto-Costco except they sell 'politically incorrect' stuff. Great store.). Anyway, I just corrected that oversight.

I like this old cattle knife. From my research, it's likely a Kutmaster/Utica. "451" is stamped on the reverse of the clip blade.

So, tell us about your "house brands!"

Dan

Edited the title, so as not to imply this was only for Wards.


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my ward's - made in u.s.a. nothing on the small blade.


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The first is a Kent, a Woolworth's brand. Made by Camillus according to Levine's. It's an inexpensive knife, but I like it because of it's unused condition, and because the handles are so period.

The second, a 3" pen, although an advertising knife, may also be a house brand for a long gone local Dept., or Sporting Goods store. Marked Germany on the back of the small blade, and probably made by Peres, it is also stamped L.F. Grammes & Sons on both tangs. I'll have to research that business, my next trip to the library.

Can anyone tell me if it was common for the business name to be tang stamped on an advertising knife ?

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I got a strange looking Wards knife.. :?


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 Post subject: Re: "House Brand" Knives
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:02 am 
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Dan97526 wrote:
As I stated in my ax thread, I have a special place in my heart for Ward's. My grandfather worked for MW, so everything we had was from Wards. Western Field, Hawthorne, Powr-Kraft, Admiral, the list goes on; very high quality merchandise.

I don't think I every had a Wards pocketknife, though. I was a Schrade guy; bought all my knives from Bi-Mart (Northwesterners will know it - kind of a regional proto-Costco except they sell 'politically incorrect' stuff. Great store.). Anyway, I just corrected that oversight.

I like this old cattle knife. From my research, it's likely a Kutmaster/Utica. "451" is stamped on the reverse of the clip blade.

So, tell us about your "house brands!"

Dan

Edited the title, so as not to imply this was only for Wards.



That knife was actually made by Winchester for Wards circa 1930's. Winchester made quite a few knives for MW with the WARDS stamping. After WWII, Utica made them (like the jigged black handled knife posted).

Then circa 1960's to early 1070's, Camillus made knives for MW with the POWR KRAFT tang stamp and blade etch. In my experience, these are pretty scarce.

Going back earlier than the Winchester, MW had knives marked with the LAKESIDE brand. At least some of these were made by Challenge.

I have also seen a (very) few knives stamped "MONTGOMERY WARD" (in an arc) over "& COMPANY"...I believe that these are the earliest.


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Hey johnnierotten...

I've got what appears to be the same knife. Mine is marked Utica, like knifeaholic mentioned.

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Yep..looks like the same knife!! ::tu:: Now I know who actually made it!! 8)I always thought it was Imperial or Camillus.

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 Post subject: Re: "House Brand" Knives
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No need in starting a new topic as this is perfect place for my newest acquisition. Looks to be a Camillus. What is the truth? Reverse of Spear stamped 84-60. Discernible WARDS POWR KRAFT on obverse. POWR-KRAFT over U.S.A. on tang


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 Post subject: Re: "House Brand" Knives
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Maybe we should start a club ! :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: "House Brand" Knives
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Okay with me.
This one has a very rare tang stamp. General Store over Indian Coup Clubs(Probably made by the Royal Society of Shamans during the Era of didn't have much to do). The lettering is so small you just welll you just have to imagine it. :roll:
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