Old Keen Kutter Knives

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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by knife-nut » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:50 am

Here are some of my favorite keen kutters. 1st is a E.C.Simmons stag handled congress whistler. 2nd is a keen litter quill knife. 3rd is a E.C.Simmoms stag handled doodleg jack. 4th is a Simmons Hornet lockback dirk. It has an unusual locking mechanism. You have to swivel the guard on the back side to unlock the blade.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by btrwtr » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:59 am

I can see why they are favorites. Very nice group of KK knives.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by woodwalker » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:29 am

knife-nut wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:50 am
Here are some of my favorite keen kutters. 1st is a E.C.Simmons stag handled congress whistler. 2nd is a keen mutter quill knife. 3rd is a E.C.Simmoms stag handled doodles jack. 4th is a Simmons Hornet lockback dirk. It has an unusual locking mechanism. You have to swivel the guard on the back side to unlock the blade.
Very nice!! :)

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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by edge213 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:11 am

knife-nut wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:50 am
Here are some of my favorite keen kutters. 1st is a E.C.Simmons stag handled congress whistler. 2nd is a keen litter quill knife. 3rd is a E.C.Simmoms stag handled doodleg jack. 4th is a Simmons Hornet lockback dirk. It has an unusual locking mechanism. You have to swivel the guard on the back side to unlock the blade.
Those are some great KKs.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by 1967redrider » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:42 pm

The stag on those is amazing! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by peanut740 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:00 am

Nice group Mark! ::tu::
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by danno50 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:51 am

Four lovely old knives, knife-nut! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: Beautiful stag on the congress and the dogleg, but I am especially partial to the old pick bone on the quill knife.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:28 pm

I picked up this Keen Kutter over the weekend at our local flea market. It is going to need some work to get it back in shape, but I bet it was a nice one when new and spendy too. I don't know that I have seen the butt end bolsters stamped Keen Kutter before. It is a coffin handle jack, pattern # 2203. The work needed includes a new spring on the small pen blade and there are a couple of pieces of bone missing on the pile side. Blades have been sharpened a lot, but are still usable. The tang stamp includes the E. C. Simmons name.
In reading further back in this thread, it appears that the Camillus made ones were marked K2203, and the Keen Kutter tang stamp had "ears". This doesn't have either of those characteristics, so was it most likely made by Winchester?
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by msteele6 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:35 pm

No knife rule is absolute in my experience, however, in my opinion this is a Walden (Winchester) made knife. Sellens has a date of manufacture for this knife of 1921-1939. If it's not a Walden pattern it's exactly like the Walden pattern. Oddly, in Sellens book this pattern is shown with two different patterns, one at 3 1/2" and one at 3 7/8". The 3 7/8" knife is completely different from the 2201, and 2204 and presumably from the unshown (in Sellens) 2203 (yours).

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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by stockman » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:00 pm

Nice knives Mark.

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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by wlf » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:14 pm

Really nice group Mark.

Great pattern Dan.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:45 pm

msteele6 wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:35 pm
No knife rule is absolute in my experience, however, in my opinion this is a Walden (Winchester) made knife. Sellens has a date of manufacture for this knife of 1921-1939. If it's not a Walden pattern it's exactly like the Walden pattern. Oddly, in Sellens book this pattern is shown with two different patterns, one at 3 1/2" and one at 3 7/8". The 3 7/8" knife is completely different from the 2201, and 2204 and presumably from the unshown (in Sellens) 2203 (yours).

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Thanks for your info on the Keen Kutter 2203 I posted.
Sorry, I forgot to put the overall length in my post. It is 3 9/16"
If you go back to page 36 in this thread near the bottom of the page, there are catalog images of the K2203. One looks just like mine and one is different, depending on the manufacturer no doubt. However, mine is not stamped with the K ahead of the 2203.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by Pile Driver » Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:57 am

I love that stag dog leg jack that thing is awesome

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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by edge213 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:55 am

Keen Kutter 831 butter and molasses celluloid.
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Re: Old Keen Kutter Knives

Post by edge213 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:56 am

Keen Kutter office knife. French ivory celluloid.
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