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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I got this little one today. I’ve found a 241 on here, but no 242. Any ideas on it? I paid five bucks, so I’m not panicking about age or value!
I’m too young to be this old!
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I have not seen the 241 or 242 before. I always liked these small Westerns. The only two I have are this 292 peanut at 2 3/4" and this 652 pen at 3 3/8". Wish I had more. Both of these are tang stamped Western USA which I believe are from 1961-1977. I think I paid around $5 each for these also.
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Good little later model western. Western had the best steelmkf any of the old knife makers imo.
I think I have a couple of those around here steer away in the knife box. Those thin little blades come in handy.
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I have a bunch of small Western's at home, because I'm trying to find blades to repair one or two of them with nice bone handles. So far I've been collecting the knives and the project is sitting in the back burner.
I will take some pictures of them when I get home from the hospital. Western made some very nice small pocket knives that were very useful and user-friendly.
Z-G you certainly didn't get hurt on that knife for $5!