Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

The Cattaraugus Cutlery Company was started by John Champlin and his son Tint in 1882. It was first incorporated under the name J.B.F. Champlin and Son as a wholesale distribution company based in Little Valley, New York. The business proved to be a successful endeavor, and it soon branched into a knife production company named Cattaraugus.
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Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by JohnR » Wed May 18, 2022 9:46 pm

Been awhile since I've been able to add another Jumbo Jack to the collection. Landed a Cattaraugus 4 1/8" bone Jumbo last week, first bone handled one I've been able to find, most are wood.
Has all appearances of being an early Catt, never seen the jigging on a Catt before, hammered pins, mix of 4 line tang stamps, straight on main, arched on pen, no pattern number. Has a faint Cattaraugus Cutlery Our Best banner etch.
Last pic shows it next to an Ulster and a Walden Jumbo, I'm up to about a dozen Jumbo's now and it has taken years to find them.
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by edge213 » Wed May 18, 2022 9:48 pm

JohnR wrote:
Wed May 18, 2022 9:46 pm
Been awhile since I've been able to add another Jumbo Jack to the collection. Landed a Cattaraugus 4 1/8" bone Jumbo last week, first bone handled one I've been able to find, most are wood.
Has all appearances of being an early Catt, never seen the jigging on a Catt before, hammered pins, mix of 4 line tang stamps, straight on main, arched on pen, no pattern number. Has a faint Cattaraugus Cutlery Our Best banner etch.
Last pic shows it next to an Ulster and a Walden Jumbo, I'm up to about a dozen Jumbo's now and it has taken years to find them.
Beautiful!!
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by WVbladetrade » Wed May 18, 2022 10:06 pm

John real nice pieces,,,,,,,,, and the Cattaraugus with some etch, doesn’t get any better,,
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by FRJ » Thu May 19, 2022 12:50 am

What a beautiful big jack knife. ::tu::
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by djknife13 » Thu May 19, 2022 1:02 am

All beautiful Jumbo jacks. The ebony one with the large bolster looks like the fat main blade and fat spring ones. I have 5 of those, all different hardware or knife companies, but all appear to be made by the same knife company. They are an awesome knife pattern, and a step above most jumbo jacks.____Dave

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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by BWT » Thu May 19, 2022 1:18 am

Great find John ::tu:: ::tu:: Very nice collection ::tu:: ::tu:: Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by doglegg » Thu May 19, 2022 1:46 am

Wonderful find
The bones are awesome. Congrats. Thanks for the pics. ::handshake::

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Post by peanut740 » Thu May 19, 2022 2:26 am

John ::tu::
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by royal0014 » Thu May 19, 2022 6:16 am

I'd say that ol' Catt was worth the wait !
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by JohnR » Thu May 19, 2022 10:30 am

Thank you all for the comments, Dave, the Walden while having substantial blades and springs is not the fat one, I have a Robeson that has the fat blade and spring and have seen a few other makers, you don't come across them all that often.

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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by djknife13 » Thu May 19, 2022 11:45 am

JohnR wrote:
Thu May 19, 2022 10:30 am
Thank you all for the comments, Dave, the Walden while having substantial blades and springs is not the fat one, I have a Robeson that has the fat blade and spring and have seen a few other makers, you don't come across them all that often.
Thanks John. I did some research years ago after finding several of these fat jacks trying to find where that particular pattern with the large bolsters and fat springs came from, and couldn't find any old English, German or American companies that made them before this batch came out. The ones I have are hardware companies like Mahor Grosh and both Simmons and Keen Cutter along with a few more that escape my memory without digging into my safe. The frames are identical, but some have two blades, some have one blade and, I believe some had different shaped blades. Mahor Grosh had several different blade offerings according to old catalogs.____Dave

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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by 1967redrider » Thu May 19, 2022 1:19 pm

Awesome looking trio! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Cattaraugus Jumbo Jack

Post by Jacknifeben » Thu May 19, 2022 1:50 pm

Very old straight line tang stamp on one blade.

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