Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

The Cattaraugus Cutlery 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.
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by knfcollector » Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:44 pm

Here’s a couple of sweet Cattaraugus pearls I picked up recently. Never seen this sowbelly pattern and the stamp is really light. The pearl stockman has been cleaned but you don’t often see pearl stockman patterns.
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Post by New_Windsor_NY » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:20 pm

Today I add this pocket knife to my general pocket knife collection. It's a Cattaraugus 32409, 3 blade, 3 3/8" closed, whittler pocket knife. I gave it a very light cleaning. I took some pictures and here it is.
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Post by Ridgegrass » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:29 pm

That's a sweetie! Congrat's. J.O'.

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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by New_Windsor_NY » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:35 pm

Ridgegrass wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:29 pm
That's.....
Thank you J.O'. 🍻
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by galvanic1882 » Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:07 pm

Here's some more Cattaraugus history. I've posted the knife before but never the other items.

George Sherman started working for Cattaraugus Cutlery at the turn of the century as a machinist and die maker. His son was the superintendent of the company and worked there 55 years starting on Jan 24, 1898. The items shown all belonged to Mr. Sherman and the picture is of him in the factory.

Note the time card and the "E" pin for service at the cutlery during WW2. The Cutlery was awarded the "E" rating for their work during the war and other individuals received the award and pin also.
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by doglegg » Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:06 pm

Pearl, bone and ephemera, what a great start to a page. ::tu::
And some history!!! ::nod::

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Post by Jacknifeben » Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:47 pm

You are the man, don’t know how you find the good stuff.

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Post by utahbound » Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:28 am

Nice stuff Mike!

Can you imaging working at the Cattaraugus factory all those years?

What a story!

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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by New_Windsor_NY » Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:50 am

galvanic1882 wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:07 pm
Here's.....
GREAT items Mike! ::tu:: Can you post the picture here also.
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by kootenay joe » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:06 pm

Here is a large 4 3/8" swell center whittler. The blades suffered some pitting possibly from off gassing of nearby celluloid, and then the blades were buffed. Most of the tang markings have been removed but i can just make out the beginning of "Cattaraugus" in an arch.
I think this size of swell center whittler is somewhat rare.
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by edge213 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:07 am

kootenay joe wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Here is a large 4 3/8" swell center whittler. The blades suffered some pitting possibly from off gassing of nearby celluloid, and then the blades were buffed. Most of the tang markings have been removed but i can just make out the beginning of "Cattaraugus" in an arch.
I think this size of swell center whittler is somewhat rare.
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Love this one , especially the shield.
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Post by utahbound » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:09 am

Hey guys,

Since it's the Christmas Season, I thought I should make a photo with a pair of Cattaraugus gentleman's knives handled in Christmas Tree
celluloid. The image still needs a little work. There is an etch on the smaller knife as well.

Here's hoping for a wonderful New Year!
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Post by peanut740 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:03 am

utahbound wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:09 am
Hey guys,

Since it's the Christmas Season, I thought I should make a photo with a pair of Cattaraugus gentleman's knives handled in Christmas Tree
celluloid. The image still needs a little work. There is an etch on the smaller knife as well.

Here's hoping for a wonderful New Year!
Those are neat!Not your normal Christmas tree handles. ::tu::
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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by galvanic1882 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:46 am

utahbound wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:09 am
Hey guys,

Since it's the Christmas Season, I thought I should make a photo with a pair of Cattaraugus gentleman's knives handled in Christmas Tree
celluloid. The image still needs a little work. There is an etch on the smaller knife as well.

Here's hoping for a wonderful New Year!
Hey Roland that is one great knife!!! ::tu::

Thanks Derek for posting those knives ::tu:: and in full disclosure Derek gave the top knife to me for Christmas!! Goes well with 2 others I have that are the same construction.

Thanks partner ::ds::

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Re: Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. Little Valley N.Y. 1886-1963

Post by galvanic1882 » Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:33 pm

kootenay joe wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Here is a large 4 3/8" swell center whittler. The blades suffered some pitting possibly from off gassing of nearby celluloid, and then the blades were buffed. Most of the tang markings have been removed but i can just make out the beginning of "Cattaraugus" in an arch.
I think this size of swell center whittler is somewhat rare.
kj
Roland like I said before great knife. Here is an old 1897 envelope that shows the knife and some other Cattaraugus items. Inside the envelope was a shipping notice dated 1897
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