Vintage CATTARAUGUS No. D2589 Whitt-L-Kraft Official Boy Scout Pocket Knife Stag
This is a Great 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 Sharpened Carbon Steel Coping Blade, a Carbon Steel Combo-Blade that has 3 Tools, a Can Opener, a Bottle Opener and a Flat Blade Screwdriver and a Brass Liner Lock to Lock This Blade in Place When Opened, a Carbon Steel Hollow Chisel Blade, a Nice Set of Dark Brown Jigged Stag Scales with No Cracks, Splits or Missing Chips, 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, Brass Liner Lock for the Combo Blade, the Original Bail 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.
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 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 scratches from use and other than a small amount of super light micro-pitting the faces are clean. Stamped on the front tang is the Model No. of D2589. 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. The front face has scratches from use and sharpening and )use a little light staining. The rear face has scratches from use and sharpening and some staining and a couple of light pits. Stamped on the front tang is CATTARAUGUS (in an arch)(over) CUTLERY CO. (over) LITTLE VALLEY (over) N.Y. 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. The front face has quite a bit of staining as does the rear face. 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 have some light staining. 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 bail is still attached to the bolsters with the original nickel silver rivets. The knife came with and without a bail and this one has one. The knife has brightly polished brass liners and a thicker more heavy duty bottom center brass liner. 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. Even with the small missing chip it’s still a nice specimen. Additional information or photos upon request.
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