Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Winchester entered the knife market as a manufacturer in 1919 by acquiring two existing knife companies; Eagle Knife Co. of Connecticut & Napanoch Knife Co. of New York. Winchester stepped away from the market in 1942 to focus on war related manufactured products, but re-entered in the late 1980s by licensing its name to Blue Grass Cutlery. Blue Grass had high quality knives made by Queen Cutlery that featured the Winchester brand name for a handful of years until the license arrangement ran its course. Winchester eventually started licensing to other companies & now you will find the brand name used by several knife manufacturers by way of license agreements.
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Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by thestretch71 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:32 pm

I have come across a old beat up knife that I was going to put on the Bay.
However I question just how old it is or if it's really a 1930s Winchester knife.
Please review these pictures & chime in with your ideas.
It is a thin jack knife with tip bolsters.
Brass liners with the center liner cutout in the well.
It feels like an old prewar knife to me but there is no pattern number & the red scales seem a bit off.

Thanks in advance for schooling I am about to receive. ::pray::

Stretch
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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by stockman » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:45 pm

I think they made junkie little stuff like that late in their years. I say real maybe like a assortment knife.

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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by 1967redrider » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:28 pm

I say real because no one would waste their time trying to make a fake low end knife. Not that there's anything wrong with this knife, but it is not a high dollar knife to begin with.
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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by btrwtr » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:47 pm

Looks like a Winchester assortment knife to me as well.
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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by FRJ » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:22 am

::hmm::
"Assortment knife", I don't think I've seen that term used here before.
Will someone elaborate on that?

Thank you.

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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by btrwtr » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:48 am

Assortment knives were a lesser quality Winchetser knife. Normally stamped on only the master blade without patter numbers. These knives were sold to dealers in an assortment of different patterns and materials to be sold from display cards.
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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by thestretch71 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:36 pm

I do appreciate all the info.
My concerns about this knife were likely then based on my romanticized version of the the industry.
I have always held a bit of belief that the US did not begin to cheapen all manufactured products until after the 1940's
Not just knifes but almost everything.
Somewhere on the wide web I had read that Pre-War , Robeson & Winchester were considered to be top tier knifes at that time.
"They sure don't make em like they used to" must be a much older concept than I thought.

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Re: Real Winchester or Not Real ?

Post by Winchester M21 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:24 am

I’ll agree with the lower quality assortment knife verdict!

Still says Winchester and that always makes me 😃
Life is too short to carry an ugly knife!!
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