Western Cutlery Company started production in 1896.The knife designs survived two ownership changes in its long history before the final owners, Camillus Cutlery, went out of business in 2007.
The list of identified markings available below in both PDF and Microsoft Excel (XLS) formats is being presented here as the most practical means of getting the complete list of tang stamps to our subscribers.
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Western knives are outdoor knifes used for hunting and fishing, and early models and those used by soldiers in World War II, enjoy significance with knife collectors.
Western knives are found in a variety of shapes and materials.
For example, the first Western tang stamp included the phrase "Western States" and "Boulder, Colo." This information was incorporated into the stamp until 1961 when the stamp reverted to "Western U. Between 19, the etching was composed of a tic-tac-toe- looking graphic with information in each section.
A "W" in the upper left and an "S" in the upper right section stood for Western States.As a result, their identification usually comes down to the company’s tang stamp found on each knife. The tang is the metal part of the knife that joins the blade and the handle.Therefore, the tang stamp is an imprint found on the tang that indicates manufacturer and style information.Eventually, we may choose to present the accompanying article here.For now, the only way to read the article that goes with these tables is to obtain a copy of the March, 2011 issue of KNIFE WORLD (available as a backissue, see here for more information).Continue this tutorial if you need to know how to determine the year of a Case knife.