Tuesday, April 14, 2009
On top of collecting Old Radio's, Stereos, Harley stuff, Baseball Cards, Comics, Old Fishing Gear, Etc....I have a fairly interesting array of knives.
This knife was given to me by my Grandpa, and it was made by The Colonial Knife Company of Providence Rhode Island.
Colonial got it's start in 1919, when a blacksmith named Antonio Paolantonio returned home from WWI, and began making Knives. It was originally called The A. Paolantonio Cutlery Co. The business grew, and in 1926 he took on his 2 brothers as partners, and changed the name to The Colonial Knife Co.
When WWII broke out, he was asked to join the War Production Board, and helped develope a polymer for knife handles that could be boiled and sterilized for medics in the field without melting. These polymer handles were later added to the Colonial knife.
Over the years the company grew even larger, and in the 60's (when this knife that I have shown was made) was one of the largest producers of pocket knives in the country.
In 1998, Colonial closed it's doors and sort of faded into history as one of the last of the great pocket knife manufacturing firms. Many original Colonial knives are worth hundreds of dollars to collectors. In 2001 the name Colonial was bought by CCI Inc. (Colonial Cutlery International). And to their credit, still produce many of the traditional knives originally sold by Colonial Knife. But I don't think that Japanese or Pakistani steel knives are the same.
I keep this knife in my desk drawer at work, and of course I use it every day...