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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 Cattaraugus.  

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 German 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 knives.

Cattaraugus' Knife Numbering System This link will explain the company's numbering system that it used to represent knife patterns, handle materials, and other characteristics.
Cattaraugus blade abbreviations In addition to the pattern number, Cattaraugus sometimes stamped additional letters on its knives to
represent certain blades or other unique characteristics. This link contains information about these characters.
Handle materials used by Cattaraugus Here you will find some pictures and descriptions of the various handle materials used by Cattaraugus. They are listed by their respective handle number designation.
Catt Pattern List This 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.
Catt Military Knives This link contains information about The knives that the company manufactured for WWII.
Catt Bolster Configurations This link contains information about The bolster variations the company used & included indication within the factory pattern number.


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Cattaraugus Little Valley NY Electricians Knife

Cattaraugus Little Valley NY Electricians Knife

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Cattaraugus Sleeveboard Whittler Bone Punch Blade

Cattaraugus Sleeveboard Whittler Bone Punch Blade

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the KCC Mediterranean Barlow Red Jigged Bone Seki Japan

Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the KCC Mediterranean Barlow Red Jigged Bone Seki Japan

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Folding and Locking Hunter Seki Japan 1990

Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Folding and Locking Hunter Seki Japan 1990

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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Vintage Cattaragus Small Meat / Cheese Cleaver Like New Condition

Vintage Cattaragus Small Meat / Cheese Cleaver Like New Condition

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Imperial

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ORIGINAL OLD CATTARAGUS LITTLE VALLEY N.Y.

ORIGINAL OLD CATTARAGUS LITTLE VALLEY N.Y.

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VINTAGE CATTARAUGUS 22794 EQUAL END CIGAR PEN JACK FOLDING POCKET KNIFE KNIVES OLD K J QUINN AD

VINTAGE CATTARAUGUS 22794 EQUAL END CIGAR PEN JACK FOLDING POCKET KNIFE KNIVES OLD K J QUINN AD

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Custom made replacement PAL RH51 knife sheath RIGHT  HAND

Custom made replacement PAL RH51 knife sheath RIGHT HAND

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Custom made replacement Cattaraugus 225Q / PAL RH36 combat knife sheath RIGHT  HAND

Custom made replacement Cattaraugus 225Q / PAL RH36 combat knife sheath RIGHT HAND

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co Little Valley NY Pearl Mini Pen Knife

Cattaraugus Cutlery Co Little Valley NY Pearl Mini Pen Knife

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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Cattaraugus Skinning Knife Leather Black & Red Fiber Handle

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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Cattaraugus Cutlery for the KCC Folding 2 Blade Hunter Pin Blade Lock Brown Jigged Bone 1990

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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OLD CATTARAGUS BARTENDER POCKET KNIFE

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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OLD RARE RARE CATTARAGUS ROGERS BONE HANDLES WRENCH KNIFE

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CATTARAGUS WHARNCLIFF GENUINE PEARL

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co

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CATTARAGUS SCOUT UTILITY

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the KCC Sleeveboard Whittler Brown Jigged Bone 1989 Seki

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Cattaraugus Pearl Jr. Stockman

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Cattaraugus Cutlery Co Swellcenter whittler

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VINTAGE GREEN FANCY HANDLE CATTARAUGUS EQUAL END CIGAR PEN JACK FOLDING POCKET KNIFE KNIVES OLD

VINTAGE GREEN FANCY HANDLE CATTARAUGUS EQUAL END CIGAR PEN JACK FOLDING POCKET KNIFE KNIVES OLD

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the KCC Red Jigged Bone 1992 Seki Japan

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Cattaraugus KCC CM-14 Sleeveboard Whittler 1990(#439)

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Cattaraugus Cutlery for the KCC Small Lockback Brown Jigged Bone Seki Japan Made

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Cattaraugus Cutlery KCC 35th Anniversary Whittler Sambar Stag 2005

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Folding Hunter Red Jigged Bone Seki Japan

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Cattaraugus Cutlery By A.G.R. Factory Second Sleeveboard Whittler Brown Jigged Bone 1989 Seki Japan

Cattaraugus Cutlery By A.G.R. Factory Second Sleeveboard Whittler Brown Jigged Bone 1989 Seki Japan

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OLD ORIGINAL CATTARAGUS BARLOW

OLD ORIGINAL CATTARAGUS BARLOW

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Folding Hunter RED Jigged Bone 1992 Seki Japan

Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Folding Hunter RED Jigged Bone 1992 Seki Japan

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Trapper Red Jigged Bone Springdale Arkansas Made 1997

Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell Trapper Red Jigged Bone Springdale Arkansas Made 1997

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the KCC Seki Japan Early 1990’s

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Cattaraugus Cutlery (A.G. Russell) Sleeveboard Whittler Brown Jigged Bone Seki Japan 1990

Cattaraugus Cutlery (A.G. Russell) Sleeveboard Whittler Brown Jigged Bone Seki Japan 1990

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Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the Knife Collector’s Club Seki Japan

Cattaraugus Cutlery by A.G. Russell for the Knife Collector’s Club Seki Japan

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Cattaraugus Cutlery KCC 35th Anniversary Whittler Sambar Stag 2005

Cattaraugus Cutlery KCC 35th Anniversary Whittler Sambar Stag 2005

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Cattaraugus Black Fixed Blade Knife

Cattaraugus Black Fixed Blade Knife

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