Cattaraugus cake knife

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Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by mrwatch » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:22 pm

just received this from the Bay. Looks like almost unused? Age please? The teeth look pretty aggressive for a cake knife. seller pictures.
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Vintage Cattaraugus cake knife 13 1/2 inches long in excellent condition with original paper blade cover.
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Re: Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by knife7knut » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:17 am

Does it say cake knife on the sleeve? It looks more like a knife designed to cut through frozen meat. I have a couple early cake and bread knives and they have a fairly large scalloped edge rather than teeth.
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Re: Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by deo-pa » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:34 pm

Now that's a really interesting blade! It's different than a conventional Cattaraugus frozen food knife, shown here: https://www.terapeak.com/worth/3a-sharp ... 615006143/

The edge of the blade alternates between thick regions and thin regions so as k7k says maybe it's for a specialized frozen food task, such as cutting large slabs of meat. I can see where maybe the thick sections create a kerf and the thin sections slice down through the kerf...???

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Re: Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by btrwtr » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:16 pm

Could be a bread knife. Cattaraugus was very involved in kitchen cutlery in the lost 20 or so years of their business. Their pocket and hunting knife production numbers went down as they brought more and more kitchen knives of this type into production. By one account this was the beginning of the end. There production numbers overall were consistent at first but profits shrank as a result. I would guess this knife could have been made post WWII up until 1963 when they went out of business.
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Re: Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by mrwatch » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:37 pm

the sleeve does not state the purpose says "fine quality products since 1876."

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Re: Cattaraugus cake knife

Post by knife7knut » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:48 pm

I have several kitchen knives that feature a regular edge on one side and a saw back on the other which were specifically designed for cutting through frozen meats or other food. I also have a couple that feature an edge very similar to the one originally posted although there are no teeth on them. I can't imagine trying to successfully sharpen one with such an edge. Here are a few examples along with a couple of bread & cake knives. The edge difference is very pronounced.
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