Robeson pen knife with key

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.
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Robeson pen knife with key

Post by edge213 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:36 am

Tang stamp:
ROBESON
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ROCHESTER
pile side tang:
STAINLESS
STEEL

Pat. May 13, 1924 is on the bail

on the inside of the key is: The Rapid Electrotype Co. Cincinnati
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Post by Miller Bro's » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:39 pm

Very nice, I like unusual stuff like that ::tu::
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Post by djknife13 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:01 pm

Wow, that's neat. ___Dave

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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:01 pm

Nice knife.

These knives were made for the gentleman that utilized a post office box to receive their mail.

The key blanks were to fit the Yale locks which were present on most PO boxes, but they made arrangements for those who did not have Yale locks.

The knives came in nickel and gold or brass finish and there was more than one style of machining done on the handles.

I bought these two off Ebay. They came is a small shipping box and both were in little Robeson flannel pouches.

I don't think I've ever seen one with that patent date, though. That's new info for me.

The knives did have a pattern number, but I've only seen one with it.

539773. Apparently, they counted the key blank as a blade.

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Post by edge213 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:24 pm

Charlie, thanks for posting.
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Post by FRJ » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:45 pm

Here's a little pen knife with key. 2 13/16" closed.
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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:36 pm

Nice one and the long pulls indicate an earlier knife.

You have any idea what the spool with its contents represents?

It could be sewing thread or possibly something much more substantial.

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Post by FRJ » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:42 pm

Thank you, Charlie.
I was hoping the long pulls would make it an earlier knife.
The little "spool" is nicely fashioned. I don't know what it represents. Sure wish I did.
The little bail is stamped; PAT. MAY 13, 1924. Very crisp stamp.
Nothing on the key and no pattern number.
Thanks for looking.
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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:49 pm

I find it very interesting that the vast majority of these never had their keys cut to fit a lock.

And that goes for the inexpensive/give-a-way folding automobile keys made by Colonial or Imperial, etc.

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Re: Robeson pen knife with key

Post by FRJ » Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:19 pm

Interesting indeed.
I don't know these knives first hand but it is odd that the manufacturer thought there was a market for these key knives
but the consumer, having bought the knife, never took advantage of the key.
I think folks just enjoyed the novelty of the knife.
I like mine.
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Re: Robeson pen knife with key

Post by joefm » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:42 am

here are a few pics of mine.... i dont know much about this knife. im trying to sell it and a few more Robesons i have together in a lot! im not sure about prices so if anyone can help i would really appreciate it? thanks joe 304-939-3258
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