The first Robeson knives were imported by Millard Robeson from England and Germany exclusively. This continued from 1979 until 1896 when Robeson began manufacturing knives in the United States. Since inception, the company has gone through several reorganizations & eventually ended up as a Queen Cutlery brand.
Here is a knife i just won on ebay from "George", a 3 5/8 Robeson Shuredge Swell End jack, # 62629. Used and pen blade is down quite a bit but a pretty good knife for $45. I like used knives especially those that have never been 'cleaned' and have good snap and no play like this old Robeson. Likely a 1930's vintage ? Does worm groove give any indication of date range ? kj
Thanks for the posts. And thank you Charlie for the info on dates and the worm groove bone. I am surprised that more collectors did not bid for this one. Did it fly under their radar ? or are most holding out for an unused example ? Perhaps i am mistaken but i think $45 for this knife is rather low. Robeson, Swell End, and bone are all desirable. kj
Found these two Robeson's at a Trade Days today. I have seen a couple on this site of the silver knife. I agree with some other posts that is was most likely given to Robsson's employees. This one has the name of F.C. McMurty engraved on the back side. If I read the stamps correctly (please correct me if I'm wrong) The Nickle Silver one dates back to 1916 - 1939 and the 2 blade pen knife dates back to 1910 - 1921.
David R. YOUR TALENTS ARE GOD'S GIFT TO YOU, WHAT YOU DO WITH THEM, IS YOUR GIFT BACK TO GOD.