In 1911, H. N. Platts, was able to draw on his extensive friendships and family connections in the cutlery world to start Western States Cutlery and Manufacturing of Boulder Colorado. At first only a jobbing business, by 1920 construction and machinery purchases were underway to begin manufacture of knives. Through name changes--to Western States Cutlery Co. in 1953, then Western Cutlery Co. in 1956--and moves first across town and later to Longmont Colorado, the company stayed under the leadership of the Platt family until 1984. In that year, the company was sold to Coleman, becoming Coleman-Western. Eventually purchased by Camillus in 1991, Western continued until Camillus expired in 2007.
I got this a few months back on Ebay. You just gotta love the top grind on the clip blade--dang! My only regret is that missing eigth inch or so. But if you were gonna lug around a knife this big day in and day out you probably had a bunch of cutting chores to justify it. Enjoy!
Nice looking user there Robo, lot a life left in that sturdy knife. My wife isn't bashful about telling her girlfriends that 'real men carry pocket knives'. Most of her girlfriends men are city guys and don't even own a pocket knife. Gotta love a woman like that.