Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by Lawrence1 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:27 pm

I followed advice found in this forum and was able to uncover a stamp on one blade. It appears to read "SIMMONS HOWE ENGLAND". Does anyone have any information on this company? Thanks again! Lawrence

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by toolboy » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:58 pm

Simmons Hardware Co abbreviated to Simmons Hdwe Co. c. 1868 - 1960 located in St Louis Mo did have the Horseman pattern made in England. The one I had (cannot find a picture) had their trademark KEEN KUTTER etched on the master blade. Simmons grew to be a giant in the industry gaining control of Walden Knife Co and later on merged with Winchester. In 1940 Shapleigh Hardware purchased Simmons and used the Keen Kutter mark until 1960

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by Lawrence1 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:11 pm

Thanks for sharing your expertise. This is exactly the info I was looking for. Any idea if Simmons Howe was located in Sheffield? Lawrence

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by toolboy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:56 am

Simmons Hdwe were not located in England that I know of, only contracted their work there. Will try to attach a picture from a Keen Kutter book by Alvin Sellens
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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by Lawrence1 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:19 pm

That illustration from the catalog is awesome. Establishing the date of manufacturer was one of my biggest hurdles and you've solved it. Don't know if I've mentioned it yet, but I did find a fleam blade on this knife. It was somewhat rusted and difficult to open, but it's there. Your illustration is exactly the same as my knife, except there is no Keen Kutter logo on the blades. Thanks again.

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by terryl308 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:44 pm

E.C.Simmons was in St. Louis, Mo but had knives made for them in Germany and England. ::handshake:: Terry
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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by Lawrence1 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:37 am

Thanks for the info on place of manufacture. Any chance this knife was made in Sheffield, England?

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Re: Help with identification of pocket knife in museum

Post by bitebite4197 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:59 am

Any idea what this was designed for? Says ROBT KLAAS SOLINGEN below a pair of BLACK KISSING KRANES
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