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The Tuna Valley Cutlery Company was an old Pennsylvania brand that was resurrected by Perry Miller in 2007. Perry had several patterns produced by GEC under this name in the later 2000s. In 2012, Daniels Family Knives purchased the Tuna Valley Cutlery name & working stock. Production has since resumed under the direction of Ken Daniels (co-founder of Great Eastern Cutlery) and his son Ryan Daniels.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Post by tongueriver » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:27 pm

Only Tuna Valley I own. 2010 47/100, GEC red bone.
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Post by Rookie » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:42 pm

I love that redbone on those knives. If you take it outside on a sunny day, it stands out like a firetruck. I wish they would release a pattern with jigged bone again, just every once in a while. This was the only knife in the entire Tuna Valley history to use bone.
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Post by kootenay joe » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:12 am

Is the large 4 blade Cattle knife the only Tuna Valley made by GEC ? If is a very good looking knife and the jigging is a pattern new to me.
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Post by Rookie » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:25 am

No, all knives 2007-2010 were GEC made, and 1/2 of the ones in 2012 were GEC made. The other half were from Queen, and anything 2013 - present is from Queen. I wrote in my descriptions on the list thread which company made each.
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Post by kootenay joe » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:43 am

Sorry about that. I should have referred to your excellent list. Does the switch from GEC to Queen in 2013 reflect the time that Ken Daniels spent with GEC before buying Queen ?
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Post by Rookie » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:42 pm

Originally Perry Miller resurrected the name Tuna Valley in 2005 I believe, along with his friend/partner Dave Mullins. And then in 2007 he had GEC make some prototypes. At that time the Daniels were part owners of Great Eastern cutlery. After 2010 Perry sold the name to the Daniels family, with Mullins remaining part owner, and they planned to continue having knives produced by GEC, but ramp up production to more than just 1 pattern per year. But then in mid 2012 the Daniels had the opportunity to purchase Queen, and so the knives made from mid 2012 on were all produced by Queen out of their Schatt & Morgan custom shop.

Today, although Ken and Ryan Daniels do a lot of behind the scenes work, I believe that Ryan's wife, Courtney, is considered the President. And she chooses the patterns for each release, and signs all the CoA slips.
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Post by kootenay joe » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:25 am

Thanks for this outline of T.V. recent history. I enjoy the history of knife companies as much as i do the knives.
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Post by btrwtr » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:17 pm

Great thread Rookie with many fine contributions. I am not a newer brand collector but these knives are fine!
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Post by peanut740 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:49 pm

Those 4 blade cigars were the last knives Perry Miller commissioned before he got sick.They came in red bone and stag and were never delivered to Perry and Daniels acquired the brand.Ryan sent many of them and had the bolsters "hammered".I had a pair of each at one time.They were very nice knives.
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Post by Rookie » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:14 pm

I've been looking for one of the stag ones with the Oiseau bolster engraving for a long time. I've never even seen one in person, and have never heard of one coming up for sale anywhere. Whoever owns those (there are only 15) probably have no intention of selling them. I've got my feelers out trying to locate one.
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Post by Rookie » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:20 pm

And look at that! Finally found one of the knives I've been looking for. The 2012 cigar with the engraved bolsters. The knife is really nice. The stag coloring isn't visually matching, but I'm OK with that. I can only look at 1 side at a time anyways! ::ds::

Couple new shots from the recent thaw between snowstorms.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Post by stagman » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:31 am

I just ran up on this post for the 1st time and all I can say is
"wow" Rookie,,you really put on a show of gorgeous knives that
was really fun to look at !!!
The Stag on several knives is just exceptional !!! Good show !!!
I really did not know much about TV knives till reading yours and KJ's posts...

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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Post by kootenay joe » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:26 am

stagman i have a Tuna Valley EO Jack with very fine mammoth handles listed in the "For Sale" forum. If you would like to own a Tuna Valley knife it is an opportunity to save $100 (or more) on the price.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Post by Cletus Awreetus » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:48 pm

I picked up this Fish Scaler right here at AAPK from plumbob and it's a real peach. some of the prettiest, most well matched stag scales I've ever seen. walks and talks like my wife at the mall and both are built like a Mack Truck!

*edit: Rookie, absolutely wonderful job you've done here with the pics and the info! thx!!
KJ, if that Mammoth EO Jack is still around when I've got a couple extra bucks burnin a hole I'll be happy to give it a good home because buddy, that is a real sweety right there!! wow!
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Post by Rookie » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:08 pm

stagman wrote:I just ran up on this post for the 1st time and all I can say is
"wow" Rookie,,you really put on a show of gorgeous knives that
was really fun to look at !!!
The Stag on several knives is just exceptional !!! Good show !!!
I really did not know much about TV knives till reading yours and KJ's posts...
Thanks Stagman. Yes, the stag is usually out-of-this-world on the Tuna knives. Part of the reason I like them so much.

KJ, I love the handles on that knife you have for sale!

Cletus, that is a fine looking stag fish scaler. I've bought a few different knives from Plumbob at knife shows during the last few years. And boy he has another dozen or so that I wish I had! He has the largest Tuna Valley collection (inventory) of anyone that I am aware of.
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