This great country of ours is Big, Vast, and Beautiful. The Internet allows people to gather in numbers sufficient to sustain brands like James Brand or Hinderer. One of them, the Schatt and Morgan Cutlery Company of Titusville, Pennsylvania came to an end after nearly four decades of producing some of the finest cutlery known in the history of the industry. These indicate a streamlining and focusing of the product line, by which the company is concentrating on its traditional folding knife roots. Ferguson tells us Queen City Cutlery Company was founded in 1918. The Herald story went on to report that Daniels indicated that the equipment was received and that installation was ongoing.
It is arguably the oldest and last American Cutlery that truly continues to produce knives in the same way as they were produced there when the factory opened in 1902; traditional bench-made American cutlery. Though I am an individual maker, I am not an island. According to The Herald story, Queen Cutlery was anticipating that the new production addition would likely produce six to eight additional jobs by as early as Jan. Very quickly, the cutlery related internet blogs and forums have become rife with rumors and speculation about whether the company is going out of business, along with various theories regarding the underlying causes of the Queen business difficulties. By a weird turn of fate, I ended up purchased three of their Barlows and all had problems. The Schatt and Morgan premium , Queen City limited edition and Queen mainline brand tang stamps are used to group the product lineup. There are hopes that Queen Cutlery, and their many brands, will resurface under different American ownership.
The Queen announcement comes about 18 months after Canal Street Cutlery closed. They seemed to be at the other end of the problem Queen was facing—they nailed quality but just could grapple with business-sustaining quantity. The recent traditional knife resurgence has been centered in Pennsylvania, with W. In other words, Queen is focusing its model offerings on traditional style folding knives and is no longer devoting attention and production effort to knife styles outside of its wheelhouse. In the early seventies, Queen itself was bought by the Servotronics corporation and subsequently acquired by Kenneth Daniels in 2012.
All have red, saw cut bone handles and 1095 high carbon blades. I will update Guns and Shooting Online readers about the Queen situation as it develops. Skinnedknuckles My first new pocket knife was a Queen and I still have it miracles do occur so I am very sad to hear of their closure. At that time, the company was also in the process of further evaluating existing product lines and the consolidation of facilities. The Queen Cutlery branded knife is the finest built user knife on the market.
Just log onto their website or open their pdf catalog. In 1969 the ancestors of the five Queen City founders felt their business would survive better being a part of a corporate conglomeration. Hopefully it can live on in some way as a company that actually produces American knives again, rather than just a nameplate to be bought and sold to slap on cheap, imported blades. Queen is just the latest example of a company caught in that grind. A great old Queen knife proudly made in the U.
First, the entire Feathered Buffalo Horn series has been discontinued. Are shenanigans afoot again, like they might have been way back in 1933? Queen Cutlery Company, a longtime business in Titusville, announced Wednesday afternoon, on its Facebook page, that it has closed in order to reorganize. Competition in the traditional knife market is fierce as leading knife companies tap into the traditional market with popular designs like the and the. I close this update by returning to the 71 John Henry Express automatic and what it may portend. Most purchases will doubtless be by collectors.
They named the new company Queen City Cutlery Company after their hometown of Titusville, Pennsylvania, which was often referred to as the Queen City. The inset image shows the lever tab, which is pressed to open the blade and is also used to unlock the deployed blade for closing. Based on the usual Queen hardware preferences, I am guessing that the frame, lever and deployment spring are stainless steel, the pins brass and the bolsters nickel silver. In addition, two of the Queen City items are built on the venerable, but seldom seen, cigar factory pattern, as are Queen models called the Allegheny Jack and Executive Jack. It was then purchased by Queen in 1933.
The John Henry is a single action automatic that deploys via a trigger on the side of the handle. All of this points to a bigger issue, both in the knife world and manufacturing in general. It had the materials and the pattern, but that lived with, hand worn feel that marks the best of the breed was missing. It might be that there is just no place for mid priced knives if you are not Spyderco or the like. If anything, the past two hundred years has proven that the logic of capitalism is grinding inevitability. Crocodile Dundee would like this one. Consequently, it is apparently entering a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, seeking temporary suspension or reduction of credit obligations, while attempting to restructure the business, with the intention of renewing operations at a future date.
A close look at the 2017 Queen catalog reveals other changes. This is a pattern variant I do not recall seeing previously, made by anyone. What happens to these job and companies like Queen? For those unfamiliar, Queen is a legacy American knife company which is best known for their slip-joint knives. It operated the first four years without an official name in a garage behind the Titusville High School. In the late 1960's many cutlery companies were closing down, or being purchased for corporate diversification. Or if you want to look in terms of traditional slipjoints, there are companies like Great Eastern Cutlery and others that are making old-fashioned knives, but in a modern way.