The Queen Cutlery Company has been manufacturing knives in Titusville Pennsylvania for over 100 years. The company opened its factory in 1902 and continues to produce knives in the same way now as they did in their earliest years.
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Your knife is a pattern #9 and does have Winterbottom bone handles that have been "pocket worn" over the years. That tang stamp was used from 1945-55. The steel could be carbon but Queen was also using what they called "Queen Steel" which is a form of stainless. A catalog from that era should help with the steel type.
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Thank you for the information. It’s definitely carbon. All blades have what appears to be some natural patina, but there’s been some rust as well. I’m pretty dang fond of this knife. I wonder why Queen was never very big down here (MS) in the Deep South. Growing up of course I knew Case and Schrade and Buck and the like, but I was seriously an adult before I ever heard of Queen knives. I’m sure I’ve owned knives made by Queen with stamps from other companies, but I didn’t know it at the time.
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Caseman601225 wrote:Thank you for the information. It’s definitely carbon. All blades have what appears to be some natural patina, but there’s been some rust as well. I’m pretty dang fond of this knife. I wonder why Queen was never very big down here (MS) in the Deep South. Growing up of course I knew Case and Schrade and Buck and the like, but I was seriously an adult before I ever heard of Queen knives. I’m sure I’ve owned knives made by Queen with stamps from other companies, but I didn’t know it at the time.
Ditto that. I never even heard of Queen until I was 44 years old.
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I never saw them growing up in California. The Northeast guys had all the fun!
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Queen was a regular brand when I was a kid, not near as popular as Case, probably equal to "Tree Brand" as the Bokers were called by the older fellers. The cow hunters, citrus men and most any red blooded man back in the day most always had one of those 3 in his pocket.
My love for Queen started when a widow woman traded me her husbands #39 for an antique drink bottle. Her brother had work at the local bottler when he was young and she wanted the almost rare drink bottle that I had found.
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That's a great story Philip
I'm 20 and found out about queens a few months ago. Besides GEC's they are my favorite knives. Still perty reasonable priced still, and great quality. I just got my mint Queen 1976 #39 folding hunter in, and boy is it a beast. I find the steel they used is super easy to sharpen, and the fake Winterbottom jigging makes for some grippy handle material. I would like to get me paws on a mint genuine Winterbottom stockman but they are few and far between (even on ebay).
And scoring reasonable priced ones lets me buy and sell them to fund my hobbies...
. If anyone is ever on the lookout for some Queens, let me know as I keep a few on hand at all times.
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