Good evening guys and gals..
My good ole' North Carolina buddy Joe K. has recently brought to my attention a Heritage
knife he recently won on E-bay...The pics show a medium stockman, fake stag plastic handles, (definately Camillus style), with an oval shield with Heritage stamped on it. I couldn't see the tang stamp and I'm waiting for Joe to get back to me on that...
I explained to Joe that this IS NOT, an original authentic Bob Paolantonio Heritage knife!
Apparently after Heritage closed it's doors in or around 2003, somebody had chosen to jump on the opportunity to claim the Heritage name. When we incorporated OUR Heritage label, my three partners, all attorneys were very dilligent in comfirming that our name was not used before and we were the original Heritage Cutler's Inc.
I have spent the majority of my time here talking about Colonial's history and knives and I have not yet exploited my own custom knife company that we organized as Colonial was going out of business in 1999. Anyone that has purchased my book has full knowlege about Heritage but for the rest of my pals here, I'll give you the dime tour!
Our first order when Heritage opened was a 5,000 piece order for Smith and Wesson, a 2 blade large Trapper in India Stag, Hollow ground stainless steel, with parts purchased from Camillus. I formed a solid relationship with Micheal Dillon, plant manager of Camillus many years before we opened Heritage. We originally ordered parts from Colonial and at the very end, Colonial and my own family SCREWED us royally and refused to finish the order and even though they had thousands of parts stamped Heritage, they never had any intention of selling us parts because my cousin Steven, current owned and president of Colonial Knife Corporation claimed we were in direct competition with Colonial, and sent warning letters to anyone who would listen!! Thousands of parts that went right in the trash JUST FOR SPITE!!!!! THIS IS THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH!! WHAT NERVE!! So naturally they though they were going to destroy us before we even got started but as stupid as they were, they thought I was actually going to trust them???!! BULLSHIT!! I had made a deal with Camillus months before this to buy parts from them!! Maybe that's why my cousin Steven refuses to talk to me to this day!!
There, now the whole knife industry knows THE TRUTH OF WHAT MY OWN FAMILY DID TO ME!!! No problem, we had a $ 48,000.00 order to fill, and we did!!! The first knife off the assembly line went right to Colonial with a very sweet, well written letter using diplomacy.
Diplomacy is a way of telling someone to go to hell, and make them happy to be on thier way!! (dad taught me that one)!!
So, back at the ranch, here are several pics of our original Heritage Cutler's Inc.'s baby catalogue, and pics of our knives! I would like to see any Colonials dated from 1970 or up that look anything like these or are a threat to Colonial's line what so ever!! The real amazing thing is that Colonial it's self without me, had NO experience using Stag, they had NO tooling for the blades, springs, liner's or bolster's!! A THREAT!! Are you kidding me!!??