Robeson pocket knives

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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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby FRJ » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:11 am

Thank you Charlie.
What a beautiful knife that is. And what a beautiful corkscrew. That is really classy!
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby Landersknives » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:50 pm

Here is a new edition to my Robeson addiction. A nice little knife pattern #622319. Great snap. It makes me smile cause I like it and I got it at a crazy price. ::groove::
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby Mumbleypeg » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:54 pm

Very nice piece! ::tu:: Hard to beat an old Robeson.

Wonder what's going to happen to the brand name now that Queen has gone under? Hope it doesn't end up on China-made cutlery. ::barf::

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby Landersknives » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:10 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:Very nice piece! ::tu:: Hard to beat an old Robeson.

Wonder what's going to happen to the brand name now that Queen has gone under? Hope it doesn't end up on China-made cutlery. ::barf::

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Thanks Ken. Yeah I hope that it does not go to the land of the rising sun. Wouldn’t it be great if GEC could acquire the brand!
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:51 pm

Was this pen knife made by Robeson ? or a more recent Queen made knife ?
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby woodwalker » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:49 am

Landersknives wrote:Here is a new edition to my Robeson addiction. A nice little knife pattern #622319. Great snap. It makes me smile cause I like it and I got it at a crazy price. ::groove::

Very nice Ed!! Pretty and in very good shape!! Congratts buddy! :)

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby Landersknives » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:07 am

kootenay joe wrote:Was this pen knife made by Robeson ? or a more recent Queen made knife ?
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KJ I am not sure but I believe the stamp is dated 1965-77. I don’t know when Queen started building the Robeson knives. Maybe Charlie will come along and help us out.

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Landersknives wrote:Here is a new edition to my Robeson addiction. A nice little knife pattern #622319. Great snap. It makes me smile cause I like it and I got it at a crazy price. ::groove::

Very nice Ed!! Pretty and in very good shape!! Congratts buddy! :)


Thanks woodwalker. I have been on a roll the last week or so. I have several more that I need to put up. I appreciate you my friend.
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:08 am

As far as I know, a Robeson with the pattern number on the front of the tang is a post 1965 knife. That's what all the published collector books say, anyway.

Robeson went out of business in 1965. A company called Cutler Federal acquired the name and had knives made by Camillus with that stamp.

Cutler Federal eventually sold the name to Ontario Knife, owner of Queen.

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:16 am

Neat ! I did not know that some Robeson branded knives were made by Camillus. It is the numbers on front tang that had me asking about the maker. I appreciate having it confirmed that numbers on front = not made by dear old Robeson. To me who made a knife is more important than the name marked on the knife, but i have learned that not all collectors see it this way.
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby brucegodlesky » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:09 pm

Whoa! Lets get things straight here. Queen was not owned by Ontario. They were sister companies under Servitronics.

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:09 pm

"They were sister companies under Servitronics".
I don't see that it matters whether owned or 'sister companies'. There were knives made by Queen marked "Robeson". The exact relationship between Queen & Ontario is of academic interest but it does not aid in deciding who made a Robeson marked knife.
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:16 pm

The knife in the OP does, however, have the same strawberry colored Delrin handles that Robeson was using at the end of their existence. I have a similar knife, a serpentine jack. The knives were also packed and shipped in the white/green/black boxes that Robeson was using in the 50's and 60's.

Tom Kalcevic, in Knives Can Talk, stated that Emerson Case agreed to stay on for one year to assist with the transition and finally retired in 1966.

Apparently, initially, the earliest knives from this period were made with original parts.

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:22 pm

"Whoa! Lets get things straight here. Queen was not owned by Ontario. They were sister companies under Servitronics (sic)."

Mea Culpa.

I misspoke.

And it's "Servotronics", not Servitronics".

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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby Landersknives » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:27 pm

RobesonsRme.com wrote:The knife in the OP does, however, have the same strawberry colored Delrin handles that Robeson was using at the end of their existence. I have a similar knife, a serpentine jack. The knives were also packed and shipped in the white/green/black boxes that Robeson was using in the 50's and 60's.

Tom Kalcevic, in Knives Can Talk, stated that Emerson Case agreed to stay on for one year to assist with the transition and finally retired in 1966.

Apparently, initially, the earliest knives from this period were made with original parts.

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So Charlie would you say that the OP knife is probably an early knife in the transition period. This knife is made well. Which I like Camillus knives also. Thank you Charlie. Your knowledge is a great gift to us here at AAPK. Also thanks to you I have quite the accumulation of Robeson knives. Your love and passion for them has helped feed my fire. The more I get the more I like them.
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Re: Robeson pocket knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:54 pm

I suspect that is the case.

Maybe, we should get together. I have lots of knives to sell.

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