The Cattaraugus Company was started by John Champlin and his son Tint in 1882. It was first incorporated under the name J.B.F. Champlin and Son as a wholesale distribution company based in Little Valley, New York. The business proved to be a successful endeavor, and it soon branched into a knife production company named Cattaraugus.
In 1890, Mr. Champlin purchased cutlery manufacturing equipment from a failed business called the Beaver Falls Cutlery factory. Because Champlin started in the knife business as a wholesaler for a company who Imported German and English knives he had great knowledge about the cutlery business. As a wholesaler, he knew the market well, and he knew the shortcomings of the U.S. knife manufacturers. His plan was simple. He believed that the business would thrive if he could providing the highest quality cutlery available. In order to achieve this goal, he hired the best cutlers and provided them with the highest quality materials. This combination proved to be successful. Champlin brought in cutlers from Germany, England, and other U.S. manufacturers. The knives that were created in these early years set the quality standard by which all other U.S. manufacturers were measured.
Admiral Byrd selected Cattaraugus knives to take on his expedition to the South Pole.
Vintage stamped CATTARAUGUS CUTLERY CO. LITTLE VALLEY N.Y Most Cattaraugus knives have a series of numbers stamped on the tang that represent certain characteristics. On a typical knife, the number will consist of four to six digits. The first digit indicates the number of blades on the knife, the second represents the type of bolsters on the knife, the next 1, 2, or 3 signify the factory pattern number, and the last indicates the handle material. This knife is number 22349.
No chips or cracks in the bone and the blades have a good snap. Bowtie shield. Jigged Bone Handle Scales. 3 3/34 inch long, closed. Two blades. I could not date this particular knife other than it was made between 1891 - 1963, in the USA. It definitely looks antique, pocket worn and soft.