Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

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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Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:09 pm

Let's open the forum correctly and authentic....
My name is Robert Anthony Paolantonio... I am third generation cutler and family business owner untill the real Colonial Knife Company closed it's doors in 1998. Since there were NO other second OR third generation cutler's, and the fact that I spent the better part of my life working all departments of the 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant, my pocket knife knowlege surpasses any other Paolantonio alive. Especially the fact that I have hand worked litterally thousands of knives in bone, stag, pearl, Mammoth Ivory and many more.
I have recently written a book called "My Family Business", Colonial Knife Company, by Robert Paolantonio. It is the most authentic and accurate assesment of the beginings of the Paolantonio family and eventually, the incorporation of Colonial in 1926.
My grandfather Frederick Paolantonio paved the way for the family arriving FIRST in this country in 1903. He worked in Connecticut at Miller Bros. and many other cutlery company's when eventually his two brothers came here and did the same. The old timers eventually got together with all thier combined skills and incorporated Colonial!
Together, they brought the status of CKCo. to second largest manufacturers of pocket knives in the world!! Check out my blog : myfamilybusinessbook@wordpress.com....
My book is also for sale for $ 25.00 with free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S.
The book also comes with a bonus! It comes with a free antique jewelry knife skeleton,
that has a clip for a back liner, and works great as a page marker. You will find it on Page 45 of my book, along with my personal autograph! Please contact me Robert with any further questions pertaining to my family business, Colonial Knife Company.
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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby wiseguy » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:34 am

Nice to meat you Sir. ::handshake::

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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:12 pm

Likewise, my friend...Bobby P.

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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby knifeaholic » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:17 pm

Hi Bob;

Thanks for your contributions and thanks to Bryan its nice to have a Colonial forum.

Bob, can you provide any info on the DURANGO line of knives that Colonial made on contract for Case?

I have read about them but others here may be interested. They must have been a very short run...in my almost 40 years of studying knives, in particular older Case knives, Case catalogs, price lists, etc, I have only owned one DURANGO knife and have never seen any mention of them in Case factory literature. I spent time in the archives at Case and no mention of them there either.

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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:43 am

Durango!! Man, I haven't even heard that name in a long, long time!! To be perfectly honest my friend, I would have to see a photo to jogg my memory a bit..Thanks, now I'll be up all night trying to navigate through the smoke and the drink in my brain to find the answer!! haha!!
As previously mentioned, Colonial did TONS of private labeling runs; some depending on the order size, kind of "slipped under the radar", if you know what I mean..with a plant the size of Boston, you'd be suprised what some family member could "hide" from the rest of us, if they wanted to. I don't think this is the case although...Hey, I made a funny "case", get it?? I don't !! Yes I do.....try to get a photo...I did have a pair of blue jean boots called Durango's...Not close enough Bob, I'll keep thinking...Sheeesss....

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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby tangstamp » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:51 pm

Tangstamp here, Bob. Terry Norman to most folks here in Texas. Really glad to meet you! Thanks for this great forum!
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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby orvet » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:09 pm

Excellent to have a Colonial Forum here now.
I sent Bryan a Pm about setting this forum up, but I totally missed it when he did. ::doh::
In my defense I have been busy taking care of my wife as she recovers from knee replacement surgery.

I made this thread a sticky so it will stay at the top of the list.

OK Bob, it is up to you as the resident Colonial expert, (maybe one of the few in the world), to answer questions, 'cause I know very little about Colonial and what they made. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:14 am

Very good Dale, here I am folks!! I don't claim to know everything that Colonial made or every little detail, but I'll bet you dollars to donuts, I have compiled more family and knife info than any Paolantonio alive!! Don't believe??? Read my book!!
I will say this as a fact... there is not another family knife business that has a direct decendant to tell the 100 year old story through facts from the old timers to me, 54 years young, from the eyes and ears of a third generation cutler and owner. In addition, no cutlery company has ever told the entire story about pocket knife production from cold, rolled steel and the press room, to a finished product ready to sell in the shipping room.
A 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility is explained in great detail about knife production from begining to end!! Read my book; learn something about making knives, and hang out with me and the rest of us knife nuts!! ( we're cool guys) !!
Boby Paolantonio, Colonial Knife Co., R.A.P. Cutler, and Heritage Cutler's...

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Postby Bonfire bob » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:18 am

knifeaholic, Steve I believe, questioned the "Durango" line...I asked my brother Dave last night; no results.....so I have a call into my uncle Albert, 86 years old, and maybe he can shed some light on this question!! I will let you know!!!

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Postby orvet » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:17 pm

Bonfire bob wrote:knifeaholic, Steve I believe, questioned the "Durango" line...I asked my brother Dave last night; no results.....so I have a call into my uncle Albert, 86 years old, and maybe he can shed some light on this question!! I will let you know!!!


As a collector with a historical twist to my interest in knives, I am extremely pleased that we have a 3rd generation member of the family who knows as much as Bob. But even more impressive is that he can ask questions of family members in the second generation. Very cool. 8)
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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby knifeaholic » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:51 pm

Bonfire bob wrote:knifeaholic, Steve I believe, questioned the "Durango" line...I asked my brother Dave last night; no results.....so I have a call into my uncle Albert, 86 years old, and maybe he can shed some light on this question!! I will let you know!!!



Thanks Bob. They would have been mid 70's to early 80's vintage. The only mention I have ever seen was something written by Steve Paolantiono.
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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:52 pm

Hey Steve, I called uncle Albert the other day and he didn't remember much about the Durango line either. As far as Steven P. goes, I didn't know he could write!! No, No Bobby, be nice. Steven spent 90% of his years upstairs in the office sales department, so naturall he did know the line, (he had to; he was supposed to be selling them). I always like him and we always got along. The fact of the matter is that I was a factory man in the trenches, and he was well dressed.
I am going to put a call into my cousin Barry; he was plant manager for years so he might know...Never give up!! I will find thid info by hook or by crook!!!

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Postby knifeaholic » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:40 pm

Bonfire bob wrote:Hey Steve, I called uncle Albert the other day and he didn't remember much about the Durango line either. As far as Steven P. goes, I didn't know he could write!! No, No Bobby, be nice. Steven spent 90% of his years upstairs in the office sales department, so naturall he did know the line, (he had to; he was supposed to be selling them). I always like him and we always got along. The fact of the matter is that I was a factory man in the trenches, and he was well dressed.
I am going to put a call into my cousin Barry; he was plant manager for years so he might know...Never give up!! I will find thid info by hook or by crook!!!



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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:37 pm

Hey guys, still waiting for the Durango question of the week..I'll get it; just need some time
In the many years of Colonial production there were time I was recoving fro surgery's and may have been out for months at a time!! Not much slipped by me in those years but somethingd did!! Only being completel honest!!

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Re: Colonial Knife Company Collector's Forum

Postby Bonfire bob » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:09 pm

Good evening guys and gals..
My good ole' North Carolina buddy Joe K. has recently brought to my attention a Heritage
knife he recently won on E-bay...The pics show a medium stockman, fake stag plastic handles, (definately Camillus style), with an oval shield with Heritage stamped on it. I couldn't see the tang stamp and I'm waiting for Joe to get back to me on that...
I explained to Joe that this IS NOT, an original authentic Bob Paolantonio Heritage knife!
Apparently after Heritage closed it's doors in or around 2003, somebody had chosen to jump on the opportunity to claim the Heritage name. When we incorporated OUR Heritage label, my three partners, all attorneys were very dilligent in comfirming that our name was not used before and we were the original Heritage Cutler's Inc.
I have spent the majority of my time here talking about Colonial's history and knives and I have not yet exploited my own custom knife company that we organized as Colonial was going out of business in 1999. Anyone that has purchased my book has full knowlege about Heritage but for the rest of my pals here, I'll give you the dime tour!
Our first order when Heritage opened was a 5,000 piece order for Smith and Wesson, a 2 blade large Trapper in India Stag, Hollow ground stainless steel, with parts purchased from Camillus. I formed a solid relationship with Micheal Dillon, plant manager of Camillus many years before we opened Heritage. We originally ordered parts from Colonial and at the very end, Colonial and my own family SCREWED us royally and refused to finish the order and even though they had thousands of parts stamped Heritage, they never had any intention of selling us parts because my cousin Steven, current owned and president of Colonial Knife Corporation claimed we were in direct competition with Colonial, and sent warning letters to anyone who would listen!! Thousands of parts that went right in the trash JUST FOR SPITE!!!!! THIS IS THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH!! WHAT NERVE!! So naturally they though they were going to destroy us before we even got started but as stupid as they were, they thought I was actually going to trust them???!! BULLSHIT!! I had made a deal with Camillus months before this to buy parts from them!! Maybe that's why my cousin Steven refuses to talk to me to this day!!
There, now the whole knife industry knows THE TRUTH OF WHAT MY OWN FAMILY DID TO ME!!! No problem, we had a $ 48,000.00 order to fill, and we did!!! The first knife off the assembly line went right to Colonial with a very sweet, well written letter using diplomacy.
Diplomacy is a way of telling someone to go to hell, and make them happy to be on thier way!! (dad taught me that one)!!
So, back at the ranch, here are several pics of our original Heritage Cutler's Inc.'s baby catalogue, and pics of our knives! I would like to see any Colonials dated from 1970 or up that look anything like these or are a threat to Colonial's line what so ever!! The real amazing thing is that Colonial it's self without me, had NO experience using Stag, they had NO tooling for the blades, springs, liner's or bolster's!! A THREAT!! Are you kidding me!!?? ::ds:: ::hmm:: ::teary_eyes::
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