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 Robeson PocketEze EO Jack. It is 3 & 1/4 inches closed. It appears to have seen little or no use, has not been sharpened and for that matter does not look like it was ever pocket carried. The blades look full. The famous oval PocketEze shield with vibrant red background is completely intact. This is uncommon because most were carried and used. They were well liked by our grand fathers because of the sunken joints that were easy on pockets. This one has the Robeson/Shuredge (script) underlined/U.S.A. tang stamp (circa 1920-1940). Has beautiful worm groove jigged bone handles that are perfect and look like they just came off the production floor. The pile side primary blade does not have a pattern number. Don’t know why as the other ones I have (and I have a number) all have a six digit pattern number. I believe this one is a pattern number 622598. What do you think Charlie? See attached salesman catalog artist rendering and description reproduced by David Clark. This one 623598 has nickel silver liners represented by the 3 and mine has brass liners represented by the third number 2. Overall just a fabulous Robeson PocketEze example!
Well Lloyd thank you for posting pics of your Robeson. That knife has so many good things going for it. A real beauty. I wish I could hold it in my hands for a very very long time. I’m a little jealous Lucky you!! Steve B.
Steve B. Keep your edge sharp, otherwise you just can't cut it. Mind and blade.
Beautiful knife, Lloyd and in fantastic condition.
I agree the pattern number is probably that in the catalog re-print. I have no explanation for why there is no number on the knife, but I have had dozens of Robesons, of all ages, without a stamped number.
You are amassing a fine group of Robeson folders.
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Thanks Charlie for your additional input and information!
Buddyie, like Lyle said this jigging pattern or worm groove was unique to Robeson and a couple of other cutlery makers. It is not naturally occurring but rather is man made (from bovine or cow bone typically) using a variety of rotary type cutters some more mechanized than others. The process is usually a proprietary highly guarded process/secret and very little explicit information or photos/videos can be found about it. I have examined a number of PocketEze and other Robeson folder handles in my collection with this worm groove jigging and each is unique to some degree from another handle even on the same folder. Some cutlery manufacturers strive, it seems, for a very random and inexplicable jigging patterns others not so much.