My only Canal Street knives were our Club Knives but I picked up a few more after reading this news. I received this little history lesson with one "thank you" email;
Congratulations on purchasing a Canal Street Cutlery knife, and thank you for buying it through KnivesShipFree.com.
Whether you know it or not, you just bought a piece of American cutlery history.
The home of Canal Street Cutlery, a humble space in Ellenville, New York, once housed the New York Knife Cooperative, followed by two other cutlery companies. That means your new Canal Street knife came from a place where knives have been made continuously since 1848.
Canal Street knives are prized by collectors, and for good reason, but they're built to be used. They reflect the same tradition of craftsmanship that produced our grandfathers' knives—every Canal Street knife is made on a bench, one at a time, with over 140 hand operations, for people who recognize quality.
People like you.
Again, thanks for buying your Canal Street knife from us. You're going to love it.
Thanks for being our customer!
Derrick & Wendy Bohn
Much like the burning of the Cattaraugus building earlier this year, I hate seeing things like this happen to our knife history. Learning about the history behind knives and knife making, especially American knives for me, is one of the things I cherish about knife collecting. It is sad news.
p.s. I do not know the Bohn's but they seem to run a good business.
Pocket, fixed, machete, axe, it's all good!
You're going to look awfully silly with that knife sticking out of your @#$. -Clint Eastwood, High Plains Drifter