The EZ Open pattern

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The EZ Open pattern

Post by SFC ADP » Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:12 pm

Was wondering if anyone knew the history of the Easy Open pattern (EZ) also when it was introduced and what company 1st introduced it and such.
I happen to be a big fan of this pattern!!!
Also feel free to post some of your EZ Openers!
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Post by El Lobo » Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:42 pm

Nice ones there Adam. ::nod:: ::tu::

That's a good question. I don't really know who was first.. ::shrug:: ..but, I've seen the feature on WWl Navy issue knives. Maybe someone will know.

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Post by jonet143 » Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:47 pm

here is a klein i reworked.
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Re: The EZ Open pattern

Post by sunburst » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:04 pm

SFC ADP wrote:Was wondering if anyone knew the history of the Easy Open pattern (EZ) also when it was introduced and what company 1st introduced it and such.
I happen to be a big fan of this pattern!!!
Also feel free to post some of your EZ Openers!
Those are fantastic SFC just fantastic... ::tu:: :D

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Post by jonet143 » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:08 pm

hey sarge i hope you don't mind. those are some great knives!
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Post by Ringmaster » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:01 am

I hope someone can give us a little information on the history of these, one of my favorites.

Here's my two:

On the left is an Ulster, and on the right is Grandpa's Diamond Edge
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Post by Paladin » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:31 am

This is one of my favorite patterns. I read that the pattern was made for the working man. A farmer or a laborer could open it with gloves on.
Here is one of my favorites, a NYKCo, Hammer Brand and the etch is visible on the spear blade. Also a nice Remington.
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Post by stockman » Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:07 am

Paladin, New York Knife Co. has my favorite bone. That is one nice knife!

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Post by Bear Claw Chris Lappe » Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:25 am

I don't know who came up with it, but I like t!

Being a southpaw, jacks with the EO feature are very lefty friendly!
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Post by ea42 » Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:07 am

OK SFC, you've left us hanging long enough, who were the makers of those beauties? ::tu::
Here are a few:
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Post by SFC ADP » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:38 am

Well the ones I have pictured from left to right top to bottom are a:
Camillus EZ open patter with bail.
Imperial: EZ open pattern missing bail
Brantford Cutlery
Zenith Cutlery or Marshall Wells Hardware Cutlery: (Both are the same, each blade stamped differently

All of mine are natural bone, which I am a huge fan of the design. Would love to see the pattern re-introduced through GEC or Canal Street, as I would surely buy a newer pattern of this knife. As to the history, it still remains a mystery to me!!!

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Post by smiling-knife » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:55 am

Those are some beautiful looking knives ::tu:: Thanks for showing them. Here are two more to add. The first one was made by Rawson Bros. The second is stamped Parkin & Marshall XL-ALL. With a stainless blade, this knife was made after Michael Hunter acquired the name and trademark in 1910. Most likely 1920s or early 30s as stamping blades with stainless was common practice to differentiate them from the typical carbon blades. :) s-k
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Post by Paladin » Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:23 pm

The etch on my NYKCo easy open showed so poorly that I decided to post a shot of it here.
Also, here is a jos. Rodgers with ivory. I always thought it was a little inconsistent to put ivory on a working man's knife but still nice.

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Post by smiling-knife » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:04 pm

Hi Paladin... cool knives. ::nod:: If possible, please show a close-up of the scales on your Rodgers knife. Thanks in advance. :) s-k

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Post by Paladin » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:26 pm

S-K,
Here is a close up of the handles on the Rodgers. The only condition is that you reveal how you get the answers so fast on the Trivia Game! :lol:
I saw the Terrier Brand come up in a post this week so will post a photo of my Terrier Easy Open. It is so big it is hard to imagine.
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Post by TomcatPC » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:00 am

Here is an Imperial made EZ Open that I have. I could have sworn that I heard these were included in some of the USN Aircrew Survival Kits during WWII, anyone here know anything about that?
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Post by woseyjales » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:20 pm

Some real beauts being posted & shared, nice thread SFC.
Sorry I can't help w/ any of the questions put forth.
I do have one EZ opener, it is probably in my top 3 favorites list.
That's an EZ pick too. :mrgreen:
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Post by Diligence » Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:17 am

I too like this style, but only recently discovered them. Here is one that I got from Ebay and have been EDC'ing every day since I got it.

It's a Globe Cut Co, New York.
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Post by LC » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:21 pm

No beauties like that but only have one ::tu::
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Post by orvet » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:26 pm

Here is an Imperial I picked up last weekend.

Tomcat -can you post a picture of your tang stamps?
I want to see if they are like mine.

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Post by PA Knives » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:00 pm

HI!
Just happen to have pic handy that meets this threads requirements. This is an Albertson Cutlery, Kane PA., the last company to make knives in Kane. It was kane Cutlery, Hollingsworth then Albertson. Only one I have ever seen, and beleive me, I LOOK. enjoy
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Post by upnorth » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:08 pm

It's nice to have a rare example, and in such good shape! Thanks for showing it PA!!

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Post by knife7knut » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:03 am

Here's a few from my collection:
A Case Bradford easy opener.The master blade was a rope pattern originally but must have been damaged at some point and was reground.The Schatt& Morgan was the identical pattern(second knife)
A George Schrade wire jack from an early Girl Scout kit.
A Challenge Cutlery Co. easy opener in near mint condition.
A York Cutlery Co. Germany easy opener with a radical cut out.
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Post by Dave O » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:29 am

Keen Kutter. You have seen this before!
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