Vintage CATTARAUGUS No. D2589 Whitt-L-Kraft Official Boy Scout Pocket Knife Stag No Linerlock 1st Yr
This is a Really Nice **RARE** Vintage CATTARAUGUS CUTLERY CO. LITTLE VALLEY N.Y. Model No. D2589 Whitt-L-Kraft (BSA #1087) 4-Blade (2 Cutting Blades and 4 Tools) Official Boy Scout Folding Pocket Knife with a Used and Sharpened Carbon Steel Spear Point Main Blade, a Lightly Used and Likely Unsharpened Carbon Steel Coping Blade, a Carbon Steel Combo-Blade that has 3 Tools, a Can Opener, a Bottle Opener and a Flat Blade Screwdriver but No Liner-Lock Meaning this Knife was Made in the First Year of Production and Before They Added the Liner-Lock, a Carbon Steel Hollow Chisel Blade, an Excellent Plus Set of Dark Brown Jigged Stag Scales with No Cracks, Splits or Missing Chlips, a Small Notch in the Front Scale Where the Thumb Stud of the Combo Blade Seats When Closed and a Shallow Easy Open on the Top of the Rear Scale for Easier Access to the Nail Pull on the Chisel Blade, a Brightly Polished Nickel Silver 8-Sided Official Boy Scout Shield Inlaid in the Front Scale with the Fleur de lis Design and Eagle and BE PREPARED Stamped Below it, Three Nickel Silver Handle Pins in Each Scale, Brightly Polished Nickel Silver Rounded Bolsters, the Original Shackle Still Riveted to the Bolsters, Brightly Polished Brass Liners, Two Heavy Duty Steel Back Springs with No Cracks or Breaks, 3 1/2” in Length, Made by the Cattaraugus Cutlery Company Which was Located in Little Valley, New York.
What makes this knife less common than other D2589s is that this one doesn’t have a liner lock. They added the liner lock after the first year of production though I’m not sure why they didn’t include it initially as the liner lock was first introduced in the early 1900s. This is a Vintage CATTARAUGUS CUTLERY CO. Model No. D2589 BSA #1087 “Whitt-L-Kraft” Official Boy Scouts of America 4-Blade Scout Knife. I believe Cattaraugus was the 5th knife maker that was authorized to make a knife for the BSA. The knife has 2 cutting blades and 4 different tools. The main blade is a lightly used and sharpened carbon steel spear point with a common nail pull. According to Cattaraugus this blade was for coarser work. Both blade faces have some scratches from use and just a little scattered super micro-pitting. Stamped on the front tang is the Model No. of D2589. The CATTARAUGUS CUT CO stamp has worn away. The other cutting blade is a used and sharpened carbon steel coping blade with a common nail pull. Cattaraugus said this blade was for finer work. Both faces have scattered light pitting. This blade looks to be unsharpened as well. Now for the tool blades. On the same end as the spear blade is a carbon steel 3-tool combo blade with a brass thumb stud in lieu of a nail pull for opening the blade. This combo blade has a bottle opener, a can opener and a flat blade screwdriver. Both faces have scattered very light pitting. When closed the thumb stud seats into a notch on top of the front scale. The final blade, which is on the same end as the coping blade, is a carbon steel hollow chisel blade with a common nail pull. Cattaraugus said this blade was for extra fine close in work. Both faces has some scattered light pitting. In spite of some light pitting all four blades polished up well. All four blades still have good to excellent plus open and close snap. The knife has a nice set of dark brown jigged stag scales. They’re in perfect condition with no cracks, splits or missing chips. There is a brightly polished nickel silver 8-sided shield inlaid in the front scale. Stamped on it is the Fleur de lis design with the Eagle with its wings spread within it and BE PREPARED stamped beneath that. The stamping is deep, clear and very legible with little wear. There is a notch in the top of the front scale where the thumb stud rests when the combo blade is closed. There’s a shallow easy open on top of the rear scale that allows for easier access to the nail pull on the hollow chisel blade. There are three polished nickel silver handle pins in each scale. The knife has polished nickel silver rounded bolsters. They are free of any dents but may have a ding or two. The original steel shackle is still attached to the bolsters with nickel silver rivets. The knife has brightly polished brass liners and a thicker more heavy duty bottom center brass liner. There is an extra brass bottom liner on the back side. The knife has two heavy duty steel back springs. Both back springs are free of any cracks or breaks and both continue to perform the functions they were designed to perform. This great vintage Cattaraugus Model No. D2589 Whitt-L-Kraft is an official Boy Scouts of America pocket knife and is 3 1/2” in length. Additional information or photos upon request.
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