PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Lawrence » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:40 pm

A nice little Premier mop pen, model k243 Germany. Great snap, half stops, and the carbon blades have aged just right. cheers
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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:02 am

Nice one Lawrence! ::tu:: I have its twin somewhere - will have to dig it out and post its picture. Solid old knives, those Premiers. ::nod::

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon May 16, 2016 5:36 pm

Guess I need a visit to a psychiatrist - I'm getting a fetish for these old Premier Lifetime gunstock lock backs. Besides carrying one in my back pocket daily, gave one to each of my two sons, and still have these left ....... ::facepalm::

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Lawrence » Tue May 17, 2016 3:46 pm

Wow Mumbley, that's a fine display indeed ::tu:: I haven't been able to hold that model in person, but it sure must feel like the real deal. Great to see a new post in this thread. cheers

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Wed May 18, 2016 5:41 pm

Thanks Lawrence! These are a handful at 4-3/4 inches long, just perfect for back pocket carry. As you know Premier Lifetime knives were well made, quality knives. One thing I like about the German-made Premiers is the quality of the jigged bone used for handles. Here's a better picture of one of those gunstocks, showing the worm-groove bone.

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Thu May 19, 2016 8:13 pm

Premier Lifetime K78 scout pattern, excellent condition. Jigged worm-groove bone handles. Made in Germany.

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Miller Bro's » Thu May 19, 2016 10:51 pm

Great looking knives Ken!
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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri May 20, 2016 1:34 am

Thanks Dimitri. For some reason I've taken a shine to the Premier Lifetime brand even though I don't usually accumulate non-U.S. made knives. It's all Josh's (junebug's) fault! He's an enabler. ::dang:: :mrgreen:

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mr. Chips » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:38 am

I remember buying my first decent pocket knife in about 1960. It was (I think) a K5 Premier Lifetime, which was a Muskrat pattern and I paid 5.00 for it in a little hardware store on Commerial drive in Vancouver BC.

Premiers were pretty common in Canada, much more so than many of the US brands.

Anyway, with that knife I whittled my first wooden chain and lots of other stuff. I finally traded it (a mistake) for a Premier Lifetime Stockman several years later. The stockman was with me until the pivot pin broke while splitting a piece of 2x4 on a construction job in Southern Saskatchewan in 1968.
That day after work I went into town and bought a Boker Stockman.

The German Priemiers are good knives. I have picked up a few more over the years and some are in use as loaners in my whittlin' classes.

I find it surprising that this thread says they went out of business in 1955. I saw a lot of them for sale in stores in Canada long after that. I saw some late into the 60s that were no longer being made in Germany and they did not measure up at all.

These days when I get the chance I will snap them up.

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:00 am

The source for 1921 - 1955 being the years of operation for Premier is Goins Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings. It is my understanding that in some cases where documentation for dates was not available, Goins used his best estimate based on what information was available, so the dates given may be off by a few years.

Reading through some of the previous posts I see a promise I made to Lawrence regarding posting a picture of my twin to his Premier pearl pen. Here it is, along with a few other Premiers I have accumulated. ::super_happy::

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:18 pm

Since my last post in this thread I've picked up a couple more Premiers. Here's the most recent additions. A German made jack with half stop and ebony handles, a German made jigged bone stockman, and a stockman with composition handles stamped Prov. Cut. Co., Prov. R.I. USA on the master blade mark side. Lawrence posted one like it in this thread a while back.

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Premier Lifetime K-76 ebony jack
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Premier Lifetime K-55 jigged bone stockman
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Premier Lifetime K-405 stockman
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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by RalphAlsip » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:41 pm

Ken, they're all very nice, but I especially like the K-55 stockman with its (turkish?) clip blade. ::tu::

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:05 am

One. Only one. As Ken says, Josh made me do it. Actually it's in keeping with my accumulation philosophy of "One of Everything".
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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:38 am

Texasjerry, I'm not sure if it's a Turkish clip, but it's for sure a clip! :lol: Turkish is as good a name as any. That's the second K-55 pattern I have now. Didn't remember until I got it that I already had one. (I seem to do that often). ::facepalm:: The other is in the post above it, third from the left in the picture.

JerryD, does your Premier jack have a pattern number on it? I've not seen that pattern before. Guess I'm not looking hard enough!

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Re: PREMIER CUTLERY CO. 1921-1955

Post by WelderBob » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:33 pm

Ken, I agree these H53 gunstocks are nice knives. I picked up another this week and noticed a size difference of the shields.
Knives are identical with the exception of the bone color, different date of manufacture maybe ?
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