Empire Knife Company

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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by galvanic1882 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:45 pm

That is one nice looking knife!!

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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by BWT » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:50 pm

Very nice Jason, can't help you with the dating, but it is really nice ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by FRJ » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:12 pm

That is a beautiful jack knife, Jason. ::tu::
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by LongBlade » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:37 pm

Cool pattern Jason ::tu:: ... It is really hard to date this knife based on that tang stamp for Empire as that one from my experience is one most often seen and I often associate it with the later years... there is another Empire stamp that notes West Winsted and that one is abit earlier in the time frame but perhaps the best bet would be to see when that pattern may have been listed in one of their old catalogs (some Empire catalog info is in Col Mayes book "Knife Album"... I can take a look later but don't have the book in front of me..
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by jxr1197 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:06 pm

Thanks for the comments guys ::tu::
Lee, I was guessing it was made later in the company's history based on the deco vibe from the washington bolsters but that's pure conjecture on my part. I tried to find a catalog image of the knife - that was short and disappointing search.
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by LongBlade » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:18 pm

jxr1197 wrote:Thanks for the comments guys ::tu::
Lee, I was guessing it was made later in the company's history based on the deco vibe from the washington bolsters but that's pure conjecture on my part. I tried to find a catalog image of the knife - that was short and disappointing search.
Jason - I just checked the Col Mayes book and it seems Empire did make that knife with genuine stag for Norvell-Shapleigh... Here's a photo from the catalog in the book - same handles, bolster and blades but ignore the shield as Empire put the diamond shields on the knives when produced for Shapleigh and in fact stamped them with the Norvell-Shapleigh mark... since Norvell-Shapleigh was early 1900s I would guess that is the ballpark for dating..
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by jxr1197 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:32 pm

LongBlade wrote:Jason - I just checked the Col Mayes book and it seems Empire did make that knife with genuine stag for Norvell-Shapleigh... Here's a photo from the catalog in the book - same handles, bolster and blades but ignore the shield as Empire put the diamond shields on the knives when produced for Shapleigh and in fact stamped them with the Norvell-Shapleigh mark... since Norvell-Shapleigh was early 1900s I would guess that is the ballpark for dating..
That's fantastic! Thank you.
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by LongBlade » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:40 pm

Jason - ::tu:: ::handshake:: ...
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by FRJ » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:44 pm

Good post, Lee. ::tu::
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by jxr1197 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:57 pm

This diamond in the rough might be an Empire - looking for opinions. The tang stamp places it between 1888-1902 and I believe Empire made a lot of Shapleigh's knives back then but not sure if this is one of them. It's 3-5/8" closed and it's an unusual pattern - a gunstock stockman (one blade is snapped.)
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by edge213 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:59 am

I posted this in the Barlow thread, but thought I would post it here also.
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by KAW » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:17 pm

Thanks to Joe (FRJ), I've caught the Connecticut knife fever. ::doh::
Not really a far jump from the Hudson Valley region of New York as many of the cutlers there originated in the Nutmeg State.
...but it has taken a bit of effort over the last few months to finally land the few (...that's all of three) that I've acquired.

I found this Empire electrician's knife a bit unusual in that it is a single blade lockback.
I guess the edge of the screwdriver could be used as a knife blade?

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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by FRJ » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:06 pm

Nice knives posted on this page, guys.

Ken, Empire must have made a lot of those electrician's knives. In various patterns.
I may have one like yours. Nice looking knife, yours.

Well, these Connecticut knives are pretty sweet. I hope you find some more. ::nod::
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by LongBlade » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:56 am

Nice Empire Ken ::tu:: ::tu:: ... But unlike Joe's advice stay away from CT knives - they are not healthy for you :lol: :lol: :lol: ...
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Re: Empire Knife Company

Post by gsmith7158 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:08 am

Ken that single blade lockback Empire Electricians knife was apparently a sort of signature knife for Empire. Ya just gotta have one if you're going to collect Empires! ::tu:: ::nod::
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