Former Schrade President Walley Gardner and principal Joe Hufnagel joined with nine master cutlers to form a group of US craftsmen with over 300 years of combined knife making experience. The company they created is located in upstate New York where a long and rich tradition of quality knife making dates back to the 19th century.
I have one like the first one you listed with the amber bone handles. I use it in my shop. Great knife I really like Canal Street knives, though I like them more for users than to collect them. CS makes some of the best user knives on the market, IMO.
This arrived yesterday. First impressions: It's a useful variety of blades in a nice compact package, as slim as a Pinch or close to it. Closed length is 90mm (just over three and a half inches). The main blade is 70mm long (2.75 inches) and 4mm thick (almost 1/6 inch) at the tang. Both secondary blades are about 1.5mm thick, which is getting into Opinel territory. All three blades came extremely sharp.
here is mine,NIB, with two other NIB's and a mint/near mint sunset bone muskrat my Cannitler has no spacer between back springs like most whittlers, as photo shows I like the folks at CS and I lived in that part of NY for over 30 years, just don't like the shield I passed all the old Walden factories and waterfalls and passed the imperial Scharde plant in Ellenville hundreds of times too bad I was not a collector till a year ago most folk here say GEC is better knife and one post says Queen made contract knives for CS here is what CS told me; Dear Mickey,
All of Canal Street’s knives are made in Ellenville. When the business first started we were buying parts from Queen. That was only for the first couple years. Perhaps that is where the confusion is. Thanks for the inquiry.
The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets. Mickey
Mickey you've got a nice looking batch of Canal Street knives there.
I know some folks claim that the GEC knives are superior to Canal Street, but I own both and honestly don't agree. They are, in my opinion, very comparable in quality. I'd liken the debate to the never ending Ford, Chevy, Dodge "disagreement".