This is extremely informative. I did not really think far enough back to relate how a quil pen was actually sharpened?
My research as follows is from the Phoenix historical society written about 1893. I quote, "The Phoenix Knife Co. was originally organized in 1880 as the Central City Knife Co. with these officers: C.W. Avery, president; B.G. Clapp, vice-president; J.I. Van Doren, secretary; A.W. Hawks, treasurer." "Business was carried on across the river until 1887, when J.I. Van Doren erected the present plant." In 1892 the organization of the Phoenix Knife Co. was effected with H.C. Breed, president; H.A. Dygert, vice-president; J.I. Van Doren, secretary and Edmund Merry, treasure." "As many as 100 hands have been employed." "The present(1893?) officers are A.E. Russ, pres.; S.B. Babcock,VP; J.C. Hutchenson, T; A.D. Merry, Sec."
It looks like Van Doen was also involved with the Phoneix Electric Light Co. and the Phoenix Water Co. during this this time period. However, it appears with gavanic1882's stationary, everything changed when the company moved it's headquarters to NYC. Must be Phoenix was so nice, no one wanted to leave?
Does anyone know what course I should take to find a value range for my Quill Knives?