Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

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Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by guns2317 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:24 am

Good evening!
New member here. first wanted to say THANK YOU for this great site and the information therein. My grandfather died last year and I recently inherited a small collection of pocket knives from him. With thanks to this site, I was able to pin down identification of most of the knives, will the exception of one.

This knife had considerable corrosion on it and required some time to clean up. Upon initial inspection of the knife it looked like it had no tang stamps at all, but some work with a Dremel and a mini - wire wheel a partial tang stamp emerged. The top line is almost illegible. But, on line 2 you can clearly see KNIFE Co., and on the bottom line N.Y.

The closest I have seen in doing research is perhaps the Walden Knife Company, but the actual logo as is written on the knife is not shown in any Walden tang charts that I have found.

The knife has definitely seen better days ( my grandfather worked in construction ) and at some point in it's history has had a homemade replacement scale put on it. The other side is wood and has a scout type emblem on it. If anyone can confirm if it is a Walden, ( or not? then who? ) and how old it may be that would be fabulous! I just wish my grandfather were around to tell me the history of this one, because it surely has seen some kinda adventures.
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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by Miller Bro's » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:05 am

Ulster Knife Co.

See here: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5833

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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by FRJ » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:44 am

Miller Bro's wrote:
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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by Kase's Kutlery Plus » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:56 am

Its a Ulster Knife Co.

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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by orvet » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:31 am

Welcome aboard Guns! ::ds::
The serif on the letters of the tang stamp would indicate it was made prior to World War II. In January 1949 Albert Baer purchased Ulster Cutlery Company from the sons of the Previous owner, Dwight Divine. So that knife was made prior to that date, if I had hazard a guess I would say it was probably we made in the 1920s or earlier, though I don't know the earlier Ulster knives that well. Hopefully somebody else will be along who knows them better than I
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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by Gunsil » Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:39 pm

Dale, the Ulster knives made for the military during WW2 still carry the old ulster mark with serifs so your statement on dates of the serifs is incorrect.

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Post by jerryd6818 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:29 pm

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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by orvet » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:34 pm

Gunsil wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:39 pm
Dale, the Ulster knives made for the military during WW2 still carry the old ulster mark with serifs so your statement on dates of the serifs is incorrect.
Thank you, I stand corrected. Your right.
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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by guns2317 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:35 pm

Thanks SO much for the information! Both my great grandfather and grandfather served in USCG during WW2, so I wonder if it was one of their knives. I do have a sailors pocket knife and combat knife found in my grandfather's shop, the fact that this Ulster was found in his actual personal belongings makes me wonder if perhaps it was carried by his own dad. As was typical of his generation, he greatly downplayed his part in the War and didn't speak too much of it. I will do my best to preserve these little mementos of his life in the hopes that others in my family will carry them forward into the future.

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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by Gunsil » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:19 am

orvet wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:34 pm
Gunsil wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:39 pm
Dale, the Ulster knives made for the military during WW2 still carry the old ulster mark with serifs so your statement on dates of the serifs is incorrect.
Thank you, I stand corrected. Your right.
I figured you did know and were just having a "moment". For some reason many here think the serif old style mark ended in 1941, and maybe there is a chart or book that says so, but those who have had a bunch of US military WW2 Ulster knives know any such sources are mistaken, the knives themselves are evidence enough.

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Re: Inherited pocket knife - possible Walden???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:31 am

::welcome:: to AAPK, guns2317. I love Jumbo sleeve board whittlers, you have some mighty fine examples. HOKs = Honest Old Knives ::tu:: ::tu::


Great to see your post, Dimitri! ::tu::
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