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Taylor Cutlery

Postby drparham1656 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:54 pm

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Can anyone give me any information on this knife? It says Taylor Cutlery on the blade and has what appears to be an elk head on one side and 440 stainless on the other side. It is a lock blade and has what I think are some type of bone handles. It belonged to my dad and he carried it for many years before he passed away and it came to me. I have had it in my safe for the past 27 years. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby americanedgetech » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:39 pm

Taylor Cutlery started around 1975, and most of their knives were made in Japan. I believe they moved to manufacturing in China around 92-93?. They are an American based company but like so many other cutlers from the 70's-80's they manufactured overseas, and sold them here, (Parker/Frost/Taylor)
Your knife looks to be one of the early Japan made patterns.

Maybe one of the more educated collectors here can ID it better for you.

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby Mumbleypeg » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:31 pm

Taylor Cutlery became Taylor Brands and is in business today. If you're so inclined you can find their web site and learn all about them. They own the rights to cutlery brand names such as Schrade and Old Timer. Taylor Brands makes most of their knives in China today, and is owned by the same parent holding company that owns Smith & Wesson.

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:21 am

That looks like a knife older than the Taylor Cutlery being referred to. Are bolsters steel rather than nickel-silver ?
Long pull is an older style although sometimes seen on modern knives.
Do you know approximate year when you father acquired this knife ?
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby Shearer » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:48 am

There is a Taylor Eye Witness made in England.
Here a early post
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=25341&hilit=taylor+eye+whitness+taylor+eye+witness

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby americanedgetech » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:58 am

Shearer wrote:There is a Taylor Eye Witness made in England.
Here a early post
https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kn ... ye+witness

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Grant,
When you click his images you can see the "Taylor Cutlery" stamp used by the modern Taylor in Tennessee. It is a classic looking design, and a good looking example.
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby Shearer » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:27 am

americanedgetech wrote:
Shearer wrote:There is a Taylor Eye Witness made in England.
Here a early post
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=25341&hilit=taylor+eye+whitness+taylor+eye+witness

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Grant,
When you click his images you can see the "Taylor Cutlery" stamp used by the modern Taylor in Tennessee. It is a classic looking design, and a good looking example.

I could just make out the Taylor Cutlery but I cannot see the elks head.So I found a better picture of the tang stamp.
Looks like its made in Japan.Different knife same handle material
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TAYLOR-CUTL ... SwJb9WsBDM

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby americanedgetech » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:23 pm

I wish I knew more about Taylor, and what was made where but in thinking about this... Is it possible that the OP knife was made in the U.S. at Taylor? I just realized the knife is not stamped "Japan".

DrParham... You could always send an email with a picture to Taylor brands... https://www.officer.com/inquiry/company/10111489

I would like to learn more about them.
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:03 pm

drparham1656 -- Welcome to AAPK and the stamp on your knife does indeed match that posted by Grant (Shearer)
By the way, that pattern is what's referred to as a "razor knife" or a "One Arm Man Knife"
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby terryl308 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:54 pm

::tu:: Nice old Taylor knife with bone handles, it is what I believe to be an early model, maybe late 70's made. But I am not an expert on these. I do know that the long pull was used on some of the earlier models and I have owned several with bone handles. Taylor kind of got into the pocket knife business on the "coat tails " of several knife companies. He bought the trademarks and such and shipped manufacturing overseas. Not much of collector following although they are not a bad knife. Being your dads knife would mean a lot regardless of where it was made. ::tu:: Terry
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:17 pm

My idea that this knife is old, older than 1970's is wrong. It's an early Stewart Taylor knife. I am assuming "Taylor Cutlery" is the same Stewart Taylor who bought up the rights to Schrade USA in 2004 ?
He designed it to resemble an old pattern and with the use & wear it has been through, it now really does look like a much older knife. Neat !
If no "Japan" then he must have had it made in USA (Utica ?)
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby Shearer » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:45 pm

kootenay joe wrote:My idea that this knife is old, older than 1970's is wrong. It's an early Stewart Taylor knife. I am assuming "Taylor Cutlery" is the same Stewart Taylor who bought up the rights to Schrade USA in 2004 ?
He designed it to resemble an old pattern and with the use & wear it has been through, it now really does look like a much older knife. Neat !
If no "Japan" then he must have had it made in USA (Utica ?)
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Taylor did not stamp all their knies where they came from.
They etch some of their knives which is easily removed.It's a bit like the later Schrades you can only tell that they are made in China once the etch is removed because they don't have USA on the tang stamp.

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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby just bob » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:56 pm

This is a good resource that I bookmarked. I wish the author would have kept it up, but there is good info here.





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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby americanedgetech » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:22 pm

Shearer wrote:
kootenay joe wrote:My idea that this knife is old, older than 1970's is wrong. It's an early Stewart Taylor knife. I am assuming "Taylor Cutlery" is the same Stewart Taylor who bought up the rights to Schrade USA in 2004 ?
He designed it to resemble an old pattern and with the use & wear it has been through, it now really does look like a much older knife. Neat !
If no "Japan" then he must have had it made in USA (Utica ?)
kj


Taylor did not stamp all their knies where they came from.
They etch some of their knives which is easily removed.It's a bit like the later Schrades you can only tell that they are made in China once the etch is removed because they don't have USA on the tang stamp.

Grant


That is what I did not know... IF they stamped the country of origin on everything the imported.
Mr. Taylor has stated on his site that he started his company in his duplex apartment by ordering knives with his company name stamped on them, and selling them by mail order only.
Honestly to this day I do not believe the he ever actually ran a manufacturing facility in the U.S. but I am not certain about this.

Just Bob,
Thank you for that link. It is a great resource.
I PDF'd it to my files.
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Re: Taylor Cutlery

Postby drparham1656 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:08 am

Thank you all for the great information! I am amazed that so many of you actually knew something about my knife, I have tried to research it but hit a good many dead ends. I will definitely take advantage of all the information you all have provided as I am just curious about it. It means a lot to me because it belonged to my dad. I'm not sure how long he had it but I myself have had it for 27 years but have never used it. I do know it must be pretty decent steel because it is super sharp even though I've never sharpened it, it's just the way it was when my dad passed away. Again, thank you all for the great information, I'm going to love being a part of AAPK!


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