"Old Timer" time line and end of Ulster?

Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.

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Re: "Old Timer" time line and end of Ulster?

Post by orvet » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:39 am

I believe you are referring to the Swinden Key, patented c 1962 by Dave Swinden of Schrade. Schrade was the only company who ever used the Swinden construction of knives. If you see a knife made with the Swinden Key, you know it was made in the Schrade factory, this includes Ulsters, Bucks (a couple models for a short time), Old Timers, Uncle Henrys, and the Open Stock patterns of Schrade, if they are slipjoint patterns. There were other contract knives made with the Swinden system as well, such as some of the John Primbles.

For more info on the Swinden Key System, read the following thread:
http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... it=Swinden


More Swinden info:
http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... en#p114939

On the 2nd page of this thread you will see a disassembled Swinden knife.
http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... en&start=0


pinnah wrote: All of this to ask, did the Schrade Old Timers and Uncle Henry knives share this key hole construction? Did all Ulster's use this construction technique?
Yes, if they were slipjoints (as opposed to lock backs like the LB series) and they were made in the Schrade factory after about 1962 or so. Some Old Timers, Uncle Henrys & Ulsters were made by Camillus and likely some by Imperial, those will not have the Swinden Key as the Camillus and Imperial factories did not have the Swinden machinery.
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Re: "Old Timer" time line and end of Ulster?

Post by Hawke » Sat May 23, 2015 2:19 am

I havent been doing much in the knife trading lately and in a bit of a financial bind so this one is coming out and going to eBay. I wanted to make sure my old AAPK friends saw this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Timer-by-Ul ... 1642113681?

PS:Man I miss those peanuts I used to have.

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