The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

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The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by Miller Bro's » Sun May 16, 2010 6:38 pm

The Walden Knife Company, circa 1870-1923. Located in Walden, Orange County, New York. this company made excellent quality knives during their time in business. In 1870 the company was called "Walden Co-operative Knife Co.", knives with this stamp are very hard to find, they used that stamp for about four years. Then they reorganized and the company was renamed Walden Knife Co. in 1874

They produced knives on contract for other companies, you will see old knives marked Press Button, Keen Kutter, and others. They had their own unique jigging pattern on the bone handles of their knives, so if you see an old knife with the same bone jigging as a Walden, chances are they made it for that company on contract. I have posted an example below to compare to.

By 1893 George Schrade was looking for a place to manufacture his patented Press Button switchblades. He found a place at Walden Knife Co. These knives were made in their factory until about 1903, when George Schrade sold his patent and interest to Walden Knife Co. They continued to manufacture lots of them, about 10,000 dozen Press Button switch blades a year! That patent purchase was a very good investment indeed.

In 1902 the E.C. Simmons Hardware Co. took over mangement of the company and ran it sucessfully for the next nineteen years, till Winchester bought them out. They made knives at the Walden plant for another year until Winchester decided to sell the property to Schrade Cut. Co., and move all the knife making equipment to their New Haven, Conn. manufacturing facility.
Winchester used this equipment to make knives until the early 1940`s, then they too stopped making pocket knives.

Walden Knife Co. has a rich history and some big names in the cutlery industry associated with them. Below is a picture of a pocket knife and an old knife box from Walden, if you have any post them in this thread ::tu::
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by gino » Sun May 16, 2010 6:44 pm

That is a super cool knife and a great thread!
Here is a photo of the press button knife you mentioned.
I cant wait to see more original Walden knives if posted.
Thanks Gino ;)
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by ea42 » Mon May 17, 2010 3:44 am

Excellent thread M-B!! The Co-Op guys, I believe there were around fourteen of them, were actually former NY Knife Co. employees who quit after baseball games were banned during lunch hour! They got their start by renting space from the Rider Ericsson Engine Company (the building still stands today) for about four years. Here's a shot of a Walden Co-Op knife:
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by ea42 » Mon May 17, 2010 3:48 am

Here's a little congress, Walden Knife Co. stamp:
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by Miller Bro's » Mon May 17, 2010 4:16 am

Eric,

Nice old knives :D

The Co-Op. is so rare to find ::tu::


Any more Walden`s out there?
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by 268bull » Mon May 17, 2010 8:00 pm

I do have a Walden Knife Co. pen knife. It's one of the first knives I came across when I started serious collecting. The main blade has a model # 4353 opposite the Walden Knife Co, made in the U.S.A.. If anyone has any info on model numbers please let the sight know. ::tu:: Bull
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by stockman » Mon May 17, 2010 9:09 pm

3 1/4" whittler, note the pull master blade
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by Paul M » Tue May 18, 2010 1:14 pm

here are my Waldens to add, I've shown them before but they belong in this thread.
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by ea42 » Tue May 18, 2010 2:33 pm

Bull, Stockman, and Paul- NICE examples! ::tu::

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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by Miller Bro's » Tue May 18, 2010 8:25 pm

All nice knives shown so far ::tu::


Paul,

The bolsters and shield on that Walden are very attractive! ::drool::


Anyone have any Walden Knife Co. ephemera?
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by orvet » Tue May 18, 2010 9:23 pm

Nice knives guys! ::tu:: ::tu::
Here is the best example of a Walden that I have.

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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by ea42 » Wed May 19, 2010 1:33 pm

Nice Dale! ::tu::

Couple more here, also on the well used side with evidence of the dreaded steel mites :shock: and grinder wheels ::doh:: :

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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by tjmurphy » Wed May 19, 2010 1:39 pm

ea42 wrote:Nice Dale! ::tu::

Couple more here, also on the well used side with evidence of the dreaded steel mites :shock: and grinder wheels ::doh:: :

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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by Miller Bro's » Wed May 19, 2010 3:30 pm

Eric, I really like that shield on the two bladed Walden pictured above.

I am seeing now that Walden put some attractive and unique shields on their knives ::nod::


Don`t stop now, let`s see more ::drool::
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Re: The Walden Knife Company 1870-1923

Post by upnorth » Fri May 21, 2010 12:06 am

My contribution; a Teardrop Jack. Very nicely made knives!!
Some rare beauties showing up here!!
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