Colonial knife company?

Colonial Knife was incorporated in 1926 by three brothers; Antonio, Domenic, & Fredrick Paolantonio. It grew to become one of the largest pocket knife manufacturers in the US during the 1960s. The company shut down in 1998, but was back into production under the Colonial Cutlery International Corporation in 2001. Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. brand is the imported line of knives and tools while the U.S.A.- made products fall under the Colonial Knife brand.
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Postby bigdaddys8ball » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:30 am

thats cool yours has no shield and different end bolsters and at 2 7/8 inches they are pritty small

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Postby PigSticker » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:23 pm

Just got this in the mail the other day bought in a lot off Ebay--Pic's were bad but figured I'd chance it and glad I did--had lots of rust spec's on all three blades but cleaned up real nice. Brass bolsters & white smooth bone.
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Postby Bonfire bob » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:46 pm

Well folks, it looks like AAPK needs a Colonial Knife Company expert. Here I am!!
My name is Robert A Paolantonio. I am the only second or third generation cutler for that matter. I currently have a book for sale named "My Family Business", and my blog is
myfamilybusinessbook.com. I am also known by my personal custom line R.A.P. Cutler, that I established many years before Colonial went out of business after the year 2000. I spent over 40 years in the old factory of Colonial, and working in every department over the years was an incredible experience. It also makes me the most informative, experienced Colonial family owner alive.
This three blade stockman was one of my personal knives that I made at Colonial over 25 years ago. I used my companys parts but developed my own tang stamp years ago!!
The knife is actually a #530 Old Cutler customized by me. I made many of these knifes in multiple colored bone, stag, wood, Mother Of Pearl, and even scrimshawed Mammoth Ivory.
My book is an incredible story begining with my grandfather Frederick arriving in this country in 1903 and working very hard untill he incorporated Colonial with his brothers in 1926.

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Postby Bonfire bob » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:55 pm

This is our old "Slim Jim", two blade little cutie!! Sold tons of them from early 70's to mid 80's!!

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Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:59 pm

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Postby ironmage » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:18 pm

Bonfire bob wrote:Well folks, it looks like AAPK needs a Colonial Knife Company expert. Here I am!!
My name is Robert A Paolantonio. I am the only second or third generation cutler for that matter. I currently have a book for sale named "My Family Business", and my blog is
myfamilybusinessbook.com. I am also known by my personal custom line R.A.P. Cutler, that I established many years before Colonial went out of business after the year 2000. I spent over 40 years in the old factory of Colonial, and working in every department over the years was an incredible experience. It also makes me the most informative, experienced Colonial family owner alive.
This three blade stockman was one of my personal knives that I made at Colonial over 25 years ago. I used my companys parts but developed my own tang stamp years ago!!
The knife is actually a #530 Old Cutler customized by me. I made many of these knifes in multiple colored bone, stag, wood, Mother Of Pearl, and even scrimshawed Mammoth Ivory.
My book is an incredible story begining with my grandfather Frederick arriving in this country in 1903 and working very hard untill he incorporated Colonial with his brothers in 1926.

Hello and welcom.I have read your blog often and would love to find a place to buy your book.Can that be done on your blog to.If so I could not find the info.If you could post the info on this forum I would appreciate it a lot.Glad to have you aboard.I have bin a big fan of your knives since I was a kid.
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Postby PigSticker » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:04 am

Hey how you doin Bobby?--Recieved my copy of your book yesterday I'm taking it with me this morning on a trip to Missouri and plan on checkin it out while hangin out out the motel. Welcome to AAPK!!
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Postby philco » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:55 am

Welcome to AAPK. ::welcome::

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Postby TripleF » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:51 pm

Bonfire bob wrote:Well folks, it looks like AAPK needs a Colonial Knife Company expert. Here I am!!
My name is Robert A Paolantonio. I am the only second or third generation cutler for that matter. I currently have a book for sale named "My Family Business", and my blog is
myfamilybusinessbook.com. I am also known by my personal custom line R.A.P. Cutler, that I established many years before Colonial went out of business after the year 2000. I spent over 40 years in the old factory of Colonial, and working in every department over the years was an incredible experience. It also makes me the most informative, experienced Colonial family owner alive.
This three blade stockman was one of my personal knives that I made at Colonial over 25 years ago. I used my companys parts but developed my own tang stamp years ago!!
The knife is actually a #530 Old Cutler customized by me. I made many of these knifes in multiple colored bone, stag, wood, Mother Of Pearl, and even scrimshawed Mammoth Ivory.
My book is an incredible story begining with my grandfather Frederick arriving in this country in 1903 and working very hard untill he incorporated Colonial with his brothers in 1926.



Hey Bobby! It's Scott from pocketknivesblog.com
Glad to see you finally joined us here!

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Postby garddogg56 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:10 am

Heres a Colonial I picked up at a yard sale.Nice solid knife ::nod::
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Postby Joe Dirt » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:27 am

Great! Glad you joined us, Robert!

Gotta say THANKS for the book and other little "treasures" you sent! ::handshake::
I've really enjoyed the book and wish you all the best with your success.

Guys, Robert signed the COA of one of his stag handled stockmans for me!
It's the FIRST COA he has ever signed!!! ::woot::

I'll get some pics posted soon. :D

Here's a link to Robert Paolantonio's blog:

http://myfamilybusinessbook.wordpress.com/


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Postby 313 Mike » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:04 am

Hey Robert, welcome aboard! I'm a big fan of Colonial knives and look forward to any and all information that you would be willing to share!
This is one of my favorite old Colonials, the serpentine shape, deep blue swirl handles, solid construction, long nail pull...still snaps like a gator after all these years.... Couple of questions for ya if ya don't mind me askin....any idea on timeframe of production on this one? Also, what exactly is the handle material....celluloid? some type of hard plastic? Whatever it is, it has held up really well and shows no signs of deterioration, still vibrant colors too....
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Thanks for any info, and thanks for all of the great knives you and your family have put out over the years!
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Re: Colonial knife company?

Postby Bonfire bob » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:04 pm

snorkel wrote:Anyone know anything about the Colonial Knife Company:
http://www.colonialknifecompany.net/

The have a lockback that looks exactly like a schrade LB7 and apparently it's made in the US.

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313 Mike wrote:Hey Robert, welcome aboard! I'm a big fan of Colonial knives and look forward to any and all information that you would be willing to share!
This is one of my favorite old Colonials, the serpentine shape, deep blue swirl handles, solid construction, long nail pull...still snaps like a gator after all these years.... Couple of questions for ya if ya don't mind me askin....any idea on timeframe of production on this one? Also, what exactly is the handle material....celluloid? some type of hard plastic? Whatever it is, it has held up really well and shows no signs of deterioration, still vibrant colors too....
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Thanks for any info, and thanks for all of the great knives you and your family have put out over the years!
Mike

Hello Mike!! I am very new to this site and having a bit of trouble navigating but I'll figure it out. That pretty blue baby is made of Celluliod for sure! We used tons of thi stuff through the years because of it's pretty colors. The only problem with it was that the material was so vollitol, when you drilled it polished or ground it, it would get so hot sometimes it would "IGNITE" right in your hands!! When ever we worked the material in the assembly or finishing room, there was always a bucket of water very close by!! Seriously Mike, Celluliod is almost COMBUSTUABLE!!! That's prbably why they outlawed certain kinds of it. We actually had a cement and cinderblock shed, out in the back or middle yard of the main building where we would store it!! DANGEROUS STUFF, but pretty as hell, as you can see. I also see a straight tang stamp on the blade and that tells me this baby was made probably made late 40's-early 50's. Please feel free to follow my blog since I have written an entire book about the history of Colonial Knife Company called "My Family Business"..!! the blog is: myfamilybusinessbook.com I also have a Twitter account in the works. I am third generation cutler and probably the most knowledgable man alive with almost 40 years in the factory. I hope the info helps and any other questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to be as acurate as possible.
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Re: Colonial knife company?

Postby TripleF » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:13 pm

WOW, very cool Joe!

Knice knife garddogg, right from your neck of da woods up dare in Maine, donchaknow.. Oh yessum, by geezum! :wink:

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Postby Cutty » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:10 am

Hey Bob

If you stop by and see this maybe you can give me an idea of when it was made I am guessing 50's. It was my grandfathers and I rescaled it with worm grooved bone a while back. It's also posted several pages back in this thread, sorry for the repost everyone, this knife is sentimental and I would like to date it as my Grandad is no longer around to ask when he purchased it.

Main blade= Colonial over Prov. R.I. over Pat.Pend.
Secondary= USA
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