I KNOW THIS IS AN OLD TREAD!!!!!!! but i personally love L.F.&C. or (LF&C , LF &C ,LFC) AND COLLECT THEM(any for sale/trade???)!!!!
i think there great vintage EDC knives!!!! this tread started almost 1 yr. ago on my b-day!!!!!
jan. 28th woot woot!!!!
here is what i know of company........
organized in 1865 in new britain, conn. when two companies joined (LANDERS and SMITH...WITH...FRARY and CAREY) with james d. frary as pres. and clark as the firms attorney..........and w/ major prod. in kitchen/table wear.... james frary the co. pres. patented a hollow handle knife in 1869......in 1871 his patent for making bolsters from sheet metal as well as other innovations for pocket knife making led him to resign & open his own co. (frary cutlery co. in bridgeport conn, .......his co. lasted from 1876-1884...... landers , frary and clark grew into a major cutlery producer and co. name was shortened to L.F.&C. in 1898(another book says 1897???)....using the trade name UNIVERSAL (purchased from universal knife co.)leading them to be the largest producer of cutlery in the world!!!! LF&C entered into entered into pocket knife production in 1912......... that same year they purchased the HUMASON & BECKLEY MANUFACTURING CO.using that production plant and used that co.s' knife patterns also adding there own and new ones to line up........another major purchase in 1918(another book says 1866???) was the MERIDEN CUTLERY CO. ......... in 1950 L.F.&C. OF NEW BRITAIN ,CONNECTICUT discontinued its cutlery division
they also used the " H & B " trademark along w/ the "lf&c" trademark.......
in 1950 cutlery div. was discontinued ......
in 1965 all additional assets were sold to GENERAL ELECTRIC CORP.
THIS INFO ARE IN TWO BOOKS I HAVE:
11TH ADD. COLLECTOR KNIVES C. HOUSTON PRICE PAGE 324-325
6TH ED. KNIFE COLL. GUIDE RON STEWART PAGE 295
HOPE THIS HELPS IN FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!