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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:54 pm 
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I have a 4-blade pocket knife that belonged to my Grandfather. The only markings I can find say, "Challenge Cutlery Co.__ Conn.". From my computer searches, I've only seen 2-blade pocket knives from this company. Does anyone have any information regarding this knife......where I can read more about it, it's value, etc. Thanks in advance for any and all help.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:12 pm 
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Beany ::welcome:: to AAPK the friendliest knife site on the net. I am not an expert on Challenge cutlery I think they made a full line of knives. Someone will be along with more info. Again ::welcome:: stay a while.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:01 am 
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Thanks Bill for the welcome.....I will continue to check back for answers to my knife question. I'm off work at this time recovering from surgery...so I have plenty of time to "wait". Beany


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:31 am 
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Goin's Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings is always a good start:

They have Challenge Cutlery Co. of Bridgeport, CT at circa 1905-1928.

(they also made knives in Sheffield, England & New York from 1876 - 1914)

Goin's does not mention paticular knives, although it does apear they made razors too.

There is a catalog picture shown of a Sportsman's Knife from 1890 made in Sheffield. A Vintage Sportsman's knife has multiple blades and tools, a picture of your knife would help.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:32 am 
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Thanks for the great information. When I return to my regular computer at work, I will download a picture of the knife.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:34 am 
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::welcome:: Beany,

Just wanted to say hello and welcome you to AAPK.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:52 pm 
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Challenge made a full line of knives including 4-bladers in patterns: scout, senator, cattle, stockman and congress knives that I can think of at first blush, plus the Orange Blossom Whittler pattern. I have even seen a 6-blade Challenge Congress.
According to Phil Pankiewicz in 'New England Cutlery' c. 1986, the "Challenge" trademark originally belonged to the B. J. Eyre company of Sheffield, England. The Frederick Weibusch Company of New York City purchased the Eyre company and along with it the trademarked Challenge name. Frederick Weibusch died in 1893 and the Weibusch and Hilger Company, also of NYC was formed. They set up a factory in Bridgeport, CT to make and sell razors. This factory was probably originally owned and operated by the Hatch Cutlery Co.
The exact date that Challenge began to make pocket knives is not stated in Mr. Pankiewicz's work. Various city business directories of Bridgeport show three different addresses for Challenge Cutlery Corp between 1898 and 1907 with an address at 46 Seymour Street being the last. So, I would think that their pocketknife production began around the turn of the century, give or take a year or two.
Hope this helps some, Eric


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:20 pm 
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What a wealth of information regarding the Challenge Cutlery Co. and my knife. Thanks so much Eric. Again I will try to post a picture of my knife as soon as possible.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:13 pm 
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What is the pattern,length,handle material,liner & bolster material? I have limited info on Challenge Cutlery but might be able to narrow it down to one of four models for you,that is if it's a congress or equal end.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:57 am 
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Welcome Beany and elbertson also:
Beany I have no idea as to current values but here are some multi blades from a 1925 catalog. Might offer you an idea of types for a new collection. There was also a four blade scout utility knife. You can click on these photos and they will enlarge.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:11 pm 
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HEAR IS A LITTTE 2 BLADE PIN KNIFE FROM CHALLENAGE.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:01 pm 
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Hey Moss & Elbertson, Thanks so for all the questions and information. I will be back at my office on Monday and will download a picture of the knife along with the sizes, etc. You have all been a great help in tracing the history of this knife. beany


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:59 pm 
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The Challenge tang stamp is one of my vintage favorites.
The big "C" and big "E" in an arch is just awsome. ::tu::

Paul


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:14 am 
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Hey Paul, after reading your comment on the Big C / Big E for the Challenge logo, I rechecked my knife and found that the word Challenge is in all capital letters and is in a straight line, not arched. I'm assuming that the arched logo is older than the straight line logo????


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:37 am 
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I dont know much about challenge but i recently traded off a challenge scout or utility pattern so i do know they made more than just 2 blades. hope that info may help a little bit. wishing you a speedy recovery and welcome aboard


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