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The knife appears to have celluloid handle covers.
Goins’ Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings
lists “E.W. VIKING USA c
1931-1934. A trademark used by E. Wedemyer.”
Also lists “E. WEDEMYER c
1931-1934. Eric Wedemyer was at 170 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Hunting and pocket knives were their specialty.”
If they were made only 4 years I’d guess they’re fairly rare (However, rare doesn’t necessarily mean valuable). Here’s an older thread about another Viking stamped knife viewtopic.php?f=78&t=68420
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Thanks so much for the information Ken. It’s a B1G help! Very satisfying to learn about the history of things. I agree that rare doesn’t always mean valuable! 170 Fifth Avenue is lower Manhattan around the famous Flatiron Building near 22nd, Greenwich Village, and NYU.
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Eric Wedemeyer was a sporting goods retailer. I seriously doubt the dates given by Levine and Goins simply because there are too many knives with his mark to have been sold in three years. Many knives with his mark were made by Union Cut co, especially hunting knives and large folders. I have seen hunting knives with his mark that were not Union Cut products but most are. The OP knife looks to me like a Utica product, it is not a Union Cut product.