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Looks like the guy carried it in his back pocket while sitting down, likely driving; = bent liner. The blade might have been used on a slot screw. Not a careful original owner. But the solid quality of vintage USA knives is still there to be 'experienced' with knife in hand. kj
Nice knife Joe - despite some of the issues it has appeal ... American Knife Winsted was started by disgruntled Empire cutlers back around 1919 and ended 1955... They made some nice knives but not lots of them to be found..
Here's my one and only American Knife Winsted - a Fish Jack at 3 & 3/8" closed....
I just got another American knife from Winsted. This knife is simply stamped "American Winsted" on the main blade only. A very nice swell center pen with big round bolsters, A crooked shield and just the tip of the secondary above the liners. Always a PITB. It has great old worn covers and is still strong and snappy. Love that single spring. 3 5/8". Thanks for looking.
Ray do you mean "American Knife Co." became "American Winsted" ? Regarding the "American Knife Winsted - a Fish Jack": the bone looks uncarried but the tang marking looks to be largely worn off. Are you sure it is an original ? kj
Hey there David & Joe.... Nice traditional lookin' knives. Weren't there a couple of mfg's in Winsted? Did some antique shopping there earlier in the year. Nice town. Know if any of the knife factories are still standing & where?
American Knife Winsted was not at all related to any other Anerican Knife Co.. the cutlery was started by disgruntled Empire employees in 1919 and a totally separate and distinct company from all other cutleries using American Knife even before this company ever existed...
KJ - great question - so though the tang stamp is worn on the master but apparent and not that apparent on the pen blade at all I have to say I have now seen 3 different knives where there was no stamp on the smaller pen of American Knife Winsted Ct knives -one is just above by Joe (FRJ).. given that I do think my knife is original but perhaps too aggressively cleaned anyway in my opinion -- maybe not a rag buffing wheel but heavy sandpaper etc... it was a buy early in my collecting but the knife is solid and a fishtail jack is not easy to find at all and the price was good at that time - so I bought it thinking I just liked the knife - and in fact it is a really nice knife and do think original but I can be wrong as all this is opinion