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.
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just got this knife in a trade was wondering if anyone could help? google says its a limited edition western, but i dont know anything about western knives or this one and its value?
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Its a Western Cutlery Co. WESTMARK line model 702. Western started the Westmark line in 1970 with the 701. Not sure if the 702 and 703 came out the same year or the next year. The details are fuzzy about the line. They are serial numbered, but there is no master list that tells what numbers were made what year.
There were lots of them made, total numbers are unknown. How limited?? Mainly a marketing spiel by Western, although they were not made in the same numbers as other long term models.
How much is it worth?? Good question. Sometimes they go relatively cheap, sometimes out the roof. Depends on condition, sheath condition, box or not, and most of all who's looking for your Westmark model when you're selling. Best thing to do with WESTMARKs is to look at past ebay auctions.
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