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Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby elwood » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:42 pm

I am in the process of downsizing my collection and going through some stuff I have not looked at in years. I came across this Aerial Cutlery knife in the pictures. The tang is stamped "AERIAL CUTLERY CO" over "MARINETTE WIS". Levine's book shows they made knives with this stamp in Wisconsin from 1912-1944. I have never had very many knives with metal handles although I know they are made. I am trying to figure out a little about the knife. Pretty good shape for for 70+ years old. Not to overstate the obvious, it would seem likely this has a military tie in. Probably for WWII. I couldn't find much on the "inter-webs". Any insight is appreciated.
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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:32 pm

I think it could be an unfinished knife, handle pieces not installed. Bernard Levine has said that the majority of Aerial Cut Co knives you see now were assembled from left over parts many years after the company shut down.
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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby americanedgetech » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:43 pm

Are the handles Aluminum?
Would any maker from that era use aluminum for liners or scale supports?
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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby elwood » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:04 pm

americanedgetech wrote:Are the handles Aluminum?
Would any maker from that era use aluminum for liners or scale supports?

Yes, the "handles" are aluminum. I assumed it was a weight issue if military related. It does not seem to me this is an unfinished piece. What little I know about the manufacturing process of knives would not suggest this. All the pins are installed and functional. It does not seem they would do that if they ever intended to put other handles on the outside.

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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby espn77 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:37 pm

americanedgetech wrote:Are the handles Aluminum?
Would any maker from that era use aluminum for liners or scale supports?

Remington did.

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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby djknife13 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:46 pm

Aerial made a few of these. I have one in my collection somewhere. I do not believe they were military. The only knives I believe Aerial made for the war effort were fixed blades. ___Dave

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Re: Help with Aerial Cutlery Co coke bottle knife

Postby americanedgetech » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:40 pm

well, It has a beautiful, and full blade. It has the right shape , and interesting handles. Given the vintage I think it's a great conversation piece. ::tu::
I'd call it a winner!
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