Sausage/Melon testers

Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.

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Sausage/Melon testers

Post by Ridgegrass » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:21 pm

Couple of Schrade "Sausage knives/Melon testers" TOP: 4-1/2" swell center, 2-blade, reverse tang stamped: "SS700" STAINLESS STEEL, Mother of pearl celluloid. BOTTOM: 5-7/8" J.O'.
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Re: Sausage/Melon testers

Post by black mamba » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:15 pm

Nice, I have one too. Seems they were often used for advertising. According to my search of catalogs, these were made from 1958 to 1970.
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Re: Sausage/Melon testers

Post by tongueriver » Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:28 pm

Jeff, I have not looked at the period 1946-1958, but I know they were making them in the Schrade CutCo years. I would have to look in those catalogs for when they were first listed. There are jillions of those things out there and some of them are pretty nice. I have been looking for one with the pocket clip, preferably free to cheap.
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Re: Sausage/Melon testers

Post by jxr1197 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:15 pm

I believe they were making testers almost the entire time the were open. I have Cut Co testers even though they never made it into the catalogs. I do see that the catalog entries start in 1958 but I also have a tester with the NY stamp (no USA) which is earlier than '58 plus you can find the patterns listed on the price sheets starting with the earliest one available - 1950. They continued making them to the end - you can find them in every catalog up to 2004. There are lots of knives that were made and left out of the catalogs for whatever reason. Maybe to focus on the big sellers, maybe someone forgot to include it.
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Re: Sausage/Melon testers

Post by black mamba » Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:06 pm

Thanks, Cal and Jason! Mine has the SS700 stamped on the pile side; does that help date it?

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