Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

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Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:06 am

Just got this one in the mail today. Stamped "SIMMONS/HDWE Co/Germany" on the 3 cutting blades, with a stylized hornet stamp on the back side of each blade. File and scissors are not stamped. Sellens say that E.C. Simmons sold these between 1883 and 1917. Levine gives a date of circa 1890s. Goins does not list this exact stamp, but gives a date for the hornet stamp on the back of the blade as being 1890 to 1915. I can't find any information as to what cutlery company, or companies, in Germany may have made these for Simmons. Being as how there were so many cutlery companies in Germany during that time period, it will likely remain a mystery.
In the 1990s, Parker had some knives made, in the Olbertz? factory in Germany, with the same stampings. They usually have HORNET deeply stamped on the main blade and are recognizable as being newer knives.
This is very a very solid well made knife. It is 3 3/8" in length. The previous owner described it as having the heft of a cattle knife, but with the blades of a gentleman's knife.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:09 am

A few more pictures.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by FRJ » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:12 am

What a beautiful knife, Dan. ::tu::
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:14 am

Thanks Joe.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by woodwalker » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:40 am

Exceptional Knife Dan!! Congratts on that beauty!! :)

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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by doglegg » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:03 pm

I've never seen scissors fold in quite like that before. A very cool knife. ::nod:: ::nod::

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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:40 pm

Thank you woodwalker and doglegg. My pictures don't show it, but the scissors curve to lay flat along the back of the frame when closed.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by Sheffieldguy » Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:26 pm

Hey Dan, that is a real beauty eh!!! Love the way those scissors fold in! ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:32 pm

That's a gorgeous and really functional knife, I like it! ::tu:: ::tu::

Not sure why the German made Simmons knives get such a bum wrap. Maybe because they are being compared to the Napanoch, Walden, Winchester and Schrade made ones? ::shrug::
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:33 pm

1967redrider wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:32 pm
That's a gorgeous and really functional knife, I like it! ::tu:: ::tu::

Not sure why the German made Simmons knives get such a bum wrap. Maybe because they are being compared to the Napanoch, Walden, Winchester and Schrade made ones? ::shrug::
*edit I think the less favorable German made ones are post-50s.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:47 pm

Thanks for the comments Sheffieldguy and 1967redrider.
1967redrider, I was not aware that the German made Simmons knives get a bum wrap? I have 3 of the early ones and 1 of the 1990s Parker ones. Your are right, the 1990s Parker made Simmons knives are not of the same quality as the old original Simmons.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by knife7knut » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:07 am

Beautiful little knife and a salesman's sample to boot! ::tu:: The only other time I have seen scissors like that was on a tiny Japanese multi-blade with sterling silver handles.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:43 am

Thanks Ray. That is a lovely little knife with unique scissors as well. ::tu:: Makes only two like that I have seen in my limited experience. Here is another photo that shows the way the scissors on the Simmons knife curve to fit smoothly along the back of the knife.
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by Duffer » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:52 pm

Dan, very nice large gentleman’s folder and scissor design! Great addition to your Simmons collection ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Simmons Hardware Co., Germany

Post by danno50 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:39 pm

Thanks, Lloyd.
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