Kinfolks Knives

Kinfolks Special Interest Knives

Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 1
"Kinfolks knife and hatchet set with leather sheath. You were the envy of all the scouts if you brought these beauty's camping. The yellow marblette handles darken to a golden butterscotch color with sunlight and age. The Hatchet scabbard detaches for carrying individually."

Photo Courtesy of Kinfolks Collector - Jackson Case
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 2
"Kinfolks was formed to help WR Case and Son's and Cattaraugus cutlerys both meet their production needs. Here are two identical hunters, one Case and the other Kinfolks.

Photo Courtesy of Kinfolks Collector - Gerry Parmley"
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 3
"Four hatchets, each identical except for the stampings. From top to bottom; 1. Sharpleigh's, 2. Jean Case Cut Co. Little Valley, NY, 3. Kinfolks USA, and 4. Viking E.W. N.Y. Reg US Patt Off. These hatchet heads were part of a hunter/hatchet set with a common interchangeable handle."
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 4
"OOOppsie, please notice the Jean Case Cut Co Little Valley NY tang stamp and the circle K on the black plastic handle of this hunter. Whether planned this way or just a mixed up handle, I don't know"

Photo Courtesy of Kinfolks Collector - Betty M Case (Yes, even my wife Miss Betty collects)
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 5
"It is no secret that the 333 is my favorite Kinfolks hunter. It was my first knife and like our first love, never forgotten. When I saw this serrated 333, I just had to have it. As a collector, I am sure you have had this same experience with your favorite collectables. Thanks for checking us out, and please send us pictures of your favorites and please include a short text'
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 6
Back in the day when a knife was a tool and you weren’t dressed without one, this eye-catcher caught a lot of potential customer’s attention. From the Kinfolks Incorporated stamp this is an early thirty’s model. The downturned economy demanded creative marketing. This Bit-of-Bling would certainly draw attention to any display of knives.
The Kinfolks model 89 had a flashy mirror finished high carbon chrome steel 4 ¼” blade with a swedged back. The overall length was 8”. The handle material was called “Pearl celluloid” and was embrased with brass and colored fibre trim.
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 7
Display boards were a popular way for merchants to display Kinfolks wares. This board dates to the late 1930’s and includes a variety of offerings. This board was recently offered for sale at $1200.
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 8
Kinfolks survival knife with a new twist. This knife with its replacement handle was “brought back from WW II and the handles were made out of downed aircraft canopy.” According to Kinfolks collector Ray McSorley.
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 9
Customized 933 handle courtesy of Tom Reilly.
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 10
333-330 set courtesy of Mark Starkley.
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 11
Rare K-RUSTLESS courtesy of Kinfolks collector Gene Powell
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 12
K-RUSTLESS Courtesy of Kinfolks collector Gene Powell
Kinfolks Knives Special Interest Knife 13
Collector Gene Powell shares this gem. “The little knife is marked “Kinfolks” over USA so it wasn’t made for a jobber. The total length of the little knife is 5 ½” when compared to a 6161 at 7 ½”. Blade length on the little knife is 3”including the guard, 6161 blade length is 4 ¼” including the guard. I really don’t think it looks like a 6161 since it has a straight handle and a clip point blade rather than the curved handle and upswept blade of the 6161.

Hosts note:
This is quaint and rare knife that I mistakenly thought was a reground 6161. Thanks for the lesson Gene. We look forward to seeing more of your collection and appreciate the clarification.
Happy trails,
Dean E.

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