Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

The KA-BAR brand originated as a trademark of the Tidioute Cutlery Company. Tidioute was later taken over & renamed the Union Cutlery Company which continued making the brand until Union eventually adopted it as the company name in 1952. Cutco Corporation later acquired the company in 1996.
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby bestgear » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:55 pm

Awesome Joe, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby RalphAlsip » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:19 pm

Beautiful knives Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: They look to be in awesome condition.

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby FRJ » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks so much, guys. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby RalphAlsip » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:49 pm

These pictures are of a Union Cut Co Jack knife with blue black bone handles that is marked Union Cut. Co. Olean N.Y. The included catalog image resembles the knife. I would be grateful for any insight that could be provided about this knife.
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Union Cut. Co. Olean N.Y. Blue Black Bone Handles
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Union Cut. Co. Olean N.Y. Blue Black Bone Handles

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby peanut740 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:43 pm

Jerry,I have a similar knife to yours if it is just short of 3 3/4".This one is just marked Kabar.The color of the bone I've hadn't seen before.The jigging may be correct.But the thing that bothers,me the most is the thickness of the bone.Here is one that is just stamped Kabar.
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby peanut740 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:46 pm

A similar stag,also just marked kabar.
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby RalphAlsip » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:53 pm

peanut740 wrote:But the thing that bothers,me the most is the thickness of the bone.

Roger, Thanks for comments. I am wondering myself if the knife may have been rehandled.

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby FRJ » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:54 am

Here's a neat little Union Cut. Co. 3 5/16"
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:02 am

Just a beat up old single-spring Union equal-ender. Interesting design, translucent celluloid scales that do all sorts of neat things in the sunlight, very slim, vanishes in the pocket but holds a wicked edge.

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby FRJ » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:53 am

That's a nice one Tony.

The Union Cut. Co.'s will likely come around a little worse for wear. Made in the early part of the 20th century.
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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby Tsar Bomba » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:48 pm

Some better photos of my Union:

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Interesting construction, almost like with tip bolsters but all the way around the knife. No separate liners, but the knife is still plenty rigid for such a slim single-spring knife. The pile side waterfall celluloid really pops in the light. The effect is apparent on the mark side, too, but far more subdued.

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby djknife13 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:52 am

Tony, That is a really classy old survivor. I love the character it has. ___Dave

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:05 am

Thanks, Dave, I agree that it's a pretty sweet piece of cutlery history. Old gal's gotta be getting up towards 100 but still makes an excellent user after all this time, and the blades are holding absolutely hair-carving edges with minimal upkeep. I actually keep it away from my other celluloid knives because the cell on this one has remained stable and the visual effect of the handles is still intact after such a long period of time that I can't imagine anything will change from my stewardship. Plus I don't know if I'll ever see a knife like this one again. At this point I'm more worried that one of those fancy '70s/80s German cell handles will randomly start gassing and ruin my Union! :lol:

I'm privileged to have and use this one and it's fun to think about all the stories it must have from before my time, as well as all the cool old knives appearing in this thread. ::tu::

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby RalphAlsip » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:25 pm

I happened to have gunboats out today while responding to another post. Here is a picture of Ka-Bar stag gunboat along with it's cousin that I have posted previously. I believe the example with the raised letter shield is the older of the two. Opinions on age would be most welcome.
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Ka-Bar gunboat compare

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Re: Union Cut. Co. Olean NY

Postby peanut740 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:35 pm

Jerry,I think the one on the right is the older.It has hammered pins,the other is spun.Just my 2 cents.
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