The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

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The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by Another Knife Collector » Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:45 pm

I recently picked up my first Southington made knife and after some searching I was able to find some great posts about them around, but couldn't find any definitive thread about the company.

The company was organized in Southington, Connecticut in October 1867 with Amon Bradley as president. Wheaton Plumb became superintendent of the company in 1868 having previously worked for Waterville Knife Co and the Co-operative Knife Company. By the 1870's the successful company had begun to expand to manufacturing a number of hardware items and tools, eventually ending the production of pocket knives in 1905 to concentrate elsewhere and becoming Southington Hardware Company in 1908.

My knife is a small genuine tortoise shell handle congress marked:

SOUTH-
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Now let's see yours!
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Re: The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by LongBlade » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:03 pm

Sweet Southington knife!!! ::tu:: I'll get some photos of my few Southingtons and post them soon...
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Post by FRJ » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:42 pm

What an elegant little Congress that is.

Here's three of mine.
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Post by wlf » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:55 am

And mine
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Post by LongBlade » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:00 pm

Gorgeous knives Joe - an ivory (?) handled quill, nice jack and a wharncliffe whittler too ::tu::

WLF - that is one nice Farmer's jack with sweet jigged bone ::tu:: ... is that second blade a coping blade?

Here's a few of mine -

Southington smooth bone jack:
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Southington "Stabber" - 4" closed and one big blade, about 1/8" thick and double swedge... if I am right the "stabber" was considered a poor man's dirk but quite frankly probably was used as a hunter as well... check out that huge spring as well - snaps like a bear trap :D
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A few things I have noticed with Southington knives - lots of their blades had a double swedge and the tang stamps were either straight line or curved... also lots of them were barehead just from my own observations which are probably somewhat limited compared to others...

Southington - another good old quality CT maker 8) .....
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Post by FRJ » Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:37 pm

Great looking knives, Lee. Really nice.

The tang on the jack looks rough although still has a very readable stamp.

Beautiful Farmers Jack, Lyle.
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Post by LongBlade » Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:56 pm

Thanks Joe.... that jack is what I call "as found condition" - just as I like them :D .... funny I have seen more often than not worn and rough tang stamps on Southingtons, and have only seen a few (if that many) where the whole tang stamp was completely legible... think the old Southington craftsmen really made those blades tight in the pivots based on the wearing of the stamps :)
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Post by wlf » Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:30 pm

LB it's a spey,typical shape and one of the characteristics identifying early farmers jacks.
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Post by knife7knut » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:10 pm

I have a couple smaller ones but this is my favorite. The stamp is a bit unusual in that it is done in two lines.
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Post by LongBlade » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:12 am

Nice knife k7Knut!! And an old lockback as well ::tu:: - lovely jigged bone on that one as too!! I have seen both straight-line stamps and the curved stamps as well for Southington - I know Another Knife Collector's was also a straight line stamp such as yours when I enlarged the photo - not sure about Joe's knives posted but mine had the curved stamp on both... as with some other knives I guess hard to date them based on the stamps... but I always wonder if both stamps were available (for this maker and others as well where multiple stamps existed) and they used what they felt best fit the tang... Nothing new to you guys but other makers were more easily dated based on the stamps to a certain degree (Remington as just one example)...

WLF - I must have been half asleep while drinking my coffee looking at your farmer's jack - don't know why coping blade came to my mind ::dang:: especially on a farmer's jack ::shrug:: ... guess I thought I was seeing a squared off corner :lol: ... but no doubt probably the nicest farmer's jack I have ever seen ::tu::
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Re: The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by FRJ » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:09 am

This old thread should be put back in service.
Another Knife Collector started it off with good information and a beautiful knife. ::tu::

Here is a fine little (3 5/16") equal end jack with Ebony covers and half stop on both blades.
Except for that crack above the shield and some blade loss, this knife is a good as the day it left the bench.
What a honey!

Thanks for looking.
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Re: The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by JAMESC41001 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 am

Boy that’s nice ::tu::

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Post by LongBlade » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:19 pm

Nice Southington Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ...
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Re: The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by edge213 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:24 pm

Great knife.
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Re: The Southington Cutlery Company, Let's See Yours

Post by FRJ » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:09 pm

Thank you, James and Lee and David. ::tu::
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