Another sad day for us all

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.
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Another sad day for us all

Postby Phil Gibbs » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:38 pm

It is with immense sadness that I come here to advise you that today Wally Gardiner called to inform me that Canal Street Cutlery was closing.

Wally has been a great friend & mentor for as long as I have been in this business, & this truly breaks my heart.

He has sent me a Powerpoint listing of all the equipment that is for sale.
If any of you are interested, message me & I will gladly email it to you.

I need a drink.

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Postby Paladin » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:08 pm

I don't collect or specialize in modern knives but this is truly a sad comment on the cutlery industry of today.
This is another quality knife company biting the dust in today's economy. :( RIP.

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby TripleF » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:58 pm

And the majority of the workers are Schrade employees from the first time the business shut down.

So, so, so sad.........
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Postby Dinadan » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:03 pm

Always sad to see a company that makes quality products in the USA shutting down.
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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby RalphAlsip » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:25 am

This is sad news and they will be missed. The CS knives I have purchased exhibit impeccable materials, workmanship and quality.

God bless the folks impacted and provide opportunities for success in future endeavors.

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Postby steve99f » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:36 am

Real sorry to hear this news. And a shame for the people that will lose their livelihood, again.
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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby MrBlister » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:46 am

DID HE RUN SCHRADE A WHILE???

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Postby TripleF » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:24 am

MrBlister wrote:DID HE RUN SCHRADE A WHILE???



I believe he did!
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Postby garddogg56 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:42 am

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby philco » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:52 am

I got a call a few days back with this sad report. I fell in love with Canal Street knives when I held the first one I ever saw in hand. They've been a major focus of my collection ever since. I knew without a doubt that this was a company (and people) I wanted to support when Wally Gardiner graciously volunteered on the first time we met (at the Blade Show) to donate a very valuable fixed blade knife for a fund raiser for our friend Tank.

It saddens me greatly to know this company will be no more. I pray that God will open new doors of opportunity for each of the good folks who have made up Canal Street Cutlery.
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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby glennbad » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:46 pm

CSC did the same for me one year, donating a beautiful Abalone trapper for an Easter Seals fund raiser our company was involved in.

Classy group, it's a darn shame... :(

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby Chase » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:25 pm

This is truly a crying shame! First Schrade, now Canal Street. I have become personal friends with Wally and the crew at Canal Street, not to mention my Uncle works there, and this is what it comes down too. I hate that this is happening, I started collecting the Canal Street knives, as I am particularly fond of the Pinch Lock Backs, English Barlows and the Boys knives. I have gathered up approximately 300 or so Canal Street Knives, I am very thankful I did get them while I could. I have quite a few PROTOTYPE Knives as well as some samples that did not go into production and I plan to keep them all together to help preserve the Canal Street Cutlery name.

Wally, Uncle Harold, Eric and the rest of the crew.....I Salute you all for a Job well Done for the past 10 years! Thank you.

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:14 am

As far as I know, the only Canal Street knife I've ever owned was the AAPK year knife.

I know they made a quality product and it is, indeed, sad to hear that they are ceasing operation.

Do any of you actually carry and use your Canal Street knives?

I kind of had an impression, based on the designs, handle material, etc, that they were principally targeting the collecting community.

If that was the case, it kind of bears out the truth of an oft said axiom and that is that "One cannot contrive or manufacture a collectible".

I'm not putting them down. I wish they were not going out of business.

I will not be surprised if this also happens to GEC and other similar cutleries.

Using knives of an adequate quality can be had for a lot less than what CSC, GEC, Northwoods and others ask for their products.

If Camillus and Schrade could not survive in these times, I would think it would be doubly difficult for a somewhat new start-up.

There is an ever dwindling population of pocketknife enthusiasts and not many new ones coming up.

Witness the almost certain demise of the NKCA and NKM.

It is what it is.

And it is sad.

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby orvet » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:08 am

I do use some of my Canal Street knives and I like them.
I would say my Canittler is every bit as well made as my Case Seahorse whittler, maybe even better.
Something Canal Street does that GEC does not do is they do use some more modern steels.
Most of the GECs I have used have 1095 carbon steel blades, which I love, but in my opinion they don't have the heat treatment dialed down to where their knives will hold an edge as well as an old Camillus, Schrade or Imperial with carbon steel blades.

The Canittler I use in my shop holds an edge very well, not sure which steel it is, but the pinch lock with D2 steel will cut all day long and ask for more. I have a CS trapper that has a Latrobe steel in the blade, I don't remember the number, but I would compare that knife to 154CM, it has awesome edge retention!

I will miss Canal Street, and not just because they were the legacy of Schrade, but because they made excellent using knives in traditional styles with upgraded steel. I guess I will have to get used to less traditional styles when I need a user with upgraded steel; Kershaw and Benchmade do still make some great users in the USA.

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Re: Another sad day for us all

Postby philco » Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:11 am

My EDC for the past four or five years has been a Canal Street congress knife. I can say without hesitation that it has proven itself to be as good, if not better, than any knife I have ever carried before. I intend to carry it for many years to come. I've packed Case and Boker previously. They are great knives but they don't stack up against my Canal Street congress in D2 steel. Canal Street was much more that a pretty face. They made serious cutlery that could hold up with any cutery out there. It saddens me greatly to see Canal Street Cutlery Co. cease operations. I love their products. I love what they represent. I respect and admire the folks who made up this company.
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