Years ago my friend sold me this knife. The handle is marked "Old Hickory" the blade is stamped "Shapleigh's" hammer forge". Was this company bought by Ontario knife?
Augustus Frederick Shapleigh was born in 1810 and was employed in a retail hardware store at the tender age of 14.
Edward Campbell (“EC”) Simmons, born -in 1839, was employed in a wholesale hardware store at the age of 17. The story of the achievements of these two hardware clerks reads like a romance.
Young Shapleigh, as Junior Partner of Rogers Bros. & Company, wholesale hardware dealers in Philadelphia, brought to St. Louis, in 1843, a sufficient stock to open a branch of that company under the name of Rogers, Shapleigh & Company. In 1847, the firm became Shapleigh, Day & Company, continuing until 1863, when Mr. Day retired and the firm became A. F. Shapleigh & Company.
In 1846, Mr. Simmons' parents moved to St. Louis, he being a lad of seven. At 17, he was employed by Child Pratt & Company, wholesale hardware. In 1859, he went to work for Wilson, Levering & Waters. He became a partner in that firm six years later, after the death and retirement of other members of the firm, he reorganized in 1869 as E. C. Simmons & Company.
In 1864, the Shapleigh firm adopted DIAMOND EDGE as the brand for a line of superior tools and cutlery, which immediately became popular with the trade they served.
In 1870, the Simmons firm chose KEEN KUTTER as their brand for a line of high grade tools and cutlery.
There being no laws whereby these brands could be trademarked, both firms were compelled to await the action of Congress before application for registration could be filed. The slogan, "Diamond Edge is a Quality Pledge", is said to have first been used in 1909. Diamond Edge tools were the first line of edge tools (knives, razors, axes, cutlery, etc.) in the United States to be covered by a jobbers trademark.
Shapleigh's first catalog, a small paper-backed price book containing no illustrations, was issued in 1853.
Old Hickory is one of the brand names that Ontario Knife Co. markets some of their products under from what I can find online.Was this company bought by Ontario knife?
Craig, get a magnetic strip like this if you don't have a knife block with a space for it. These are available in various lengths, some also have hooks, and the vary from just a few bucks to rather high dollar versions. They are perfect for mounting on a wall, or the end of a cabinet, or inside a pantry door where they are accessible but not by the little kids, etc...The issue I’m now having 🤓. I’ve kept it in my tool box file drawer 🥸
always so very dull.
Now; really; scary sharp 😜
I haven’t any place to keep it
I don’t have any safe place to keep 😂
I have one that I have used professionally and still use for most of my home chores. The wood handles are mostly frowned upon in the commercial sector these days.ncnascarlady: Ma’am; NO 🧐. You cannot accidentally carve up “Benji“ 😜
when said blade 😂 slips off the counter.
Rarely. Will I ever exaggerate. ( well may-be sometimes). This this is beyond anything I’ve personally seen 😜
ChaZam: Sir; I do have something like those magnet strips.
Yes. I’ve thought; just maybe I could hang it
I can only imagine a real butcher wielding this thing
If all Old Hickory have this same composition metals
Its hard to imagine needing more “cutters”