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Knife Identification

Post by mek3708 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:05 pm

I have a pocket knife with a unique blade that I would like to identify. It was made by the Holley Mfg. Co., Lakeville, Ct. Instead of a blade there is something that folds out that is the length of a blade but has an oval shape and is not sharpened. I am told that it was owned by my Grandfather that would make it about 100 years old. I have many pictures to send on request. Thanks, mek33708@gmail.com

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by richard » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:27 pm

sounds like a doctors knife , or a artists knife with a spatula blade . a picture would be good

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by richard » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:41 pm

mek3708 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:05 pm
I have a pocket knife with a unique blade that I would like to identify. It was made by the Holley Mfg. Co., Lakeville, Ct. Instead of a blade there is something that folds out that is the length of a blade but has an oval shape and is not sharpened. I am told that it was owned by my Grandfather that would make it about 100 years old. I have many pictures to send on request. Thanks, mek33708@gmail.com
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by KLJ77 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:44 pm

mek3708 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:05 pm
I have a pocket knife with a unique blade that I would like to identify. It was made by the Holley Mfg. Co., Lakeville, Ct. Instead of a blade there is something that folds out that is the length of a blade but has an oval shape and is not sharpened. I am told that it was owned by my Grandfather that would make it about 100 years old. I have many pictures to send on request. Thanks, mek33708@gmail.com
Hey MEK...welcome to AAPK. Pull up a seat and stay awhile.

As Richard recommended...it would be great if you would post a few photos of your knife in question. A couple of close ups and a couple of full shots, closed and blades out. If it has tang stamps, post a pic of them too. You'll get a lot more informative responses with photos. Everyone here likes photos.

Hope to see you again soon...
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by richard » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:02 pm

The Holley Manufacturing Company of Lakeville (Salisbury), Connecticut, produced pocket cutlery and related products, from 1844 until 1946. Founded in 1844 by Alexander Hamilton Holley and George Merwin as Holley and Merwin, the Company claimed to be the oldest manufacturer of pocket cutlery in the United States. The company name was later changed to Holley & Company. In 1854, it was incorporated as the Holley Manufacturing Company, with Alexander H. Holley as president, George B. Burrall, treasurer, and William B. Rudd, secretary. William Rudd's son, Malcolm D. Rudd, succeeded him as treasurer and general manager, serving in that position until 1942. Its customers were retailers and small jobbers, mostly in New England, Pennsylvania, and upper New York State. Total annual sales of the company probably did not exceed $50,000 from 1844 to 1925, or $10,000 from 1925 to 1933. Holley Manufacturing Company's sales and production declined after 1933 and the firm was dissolved in 1946.

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by mek3708 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:55 pm

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by KLJ77 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:08 am

To me, that is quite unique and different, MEK. I've never seen anything like it. That spatula looks as though it could have spread a lot of butter in its time. ::shrug:: Be patient...someone besides Richard will be along to provide more insight on this particular piece.
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by Mumbleypeg » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:54 am

Welcome to AAPK.

Looks like an artist's palette knife. Made for mixing paints by artists, on their palette boards. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=51646

Another possible option is a spatula for use by physicians or pharmacists, for sorting pills and powdered medicines.

As I understand, the main difference is the thickness of the blade.

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by kootenay joe » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:44 am

I agree with Ken and lean towards it being a spatula for pharmacists, used to count pills and mix up their own 'salves' (pastes with medicinal ingredients for topical application).
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by doglegg » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:06 am

Russell made a couple of models of those as well. I think they are pretty cool. I showed mine to my pharmacist and they found it interesting as well. Congrats. ::nod:: ::nod::
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by kootenay joe » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:35 pm

The spatula knife that is used by artists for mixing/applying oil paints is tapered toward the tip whereas the pharmacist spatula has a rounded end.
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Re: Knife Identification

Post by doglegg » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:53 pm

Thanks Roland. ::handshake::

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by mek3708 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:59 pm

Thanks to everyone who gave me info. Now how do I find out when it was manufactured? Are there collectors who specialize in Holley Knives?

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Re: Knife Identification

Post by Mumbleypeg » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:36 am

Goins’ Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings says that Holley Mfg. Co. Lakeville stamp was used from 1854-1930’s. I don’t know any way to narrow it down any more than that.

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