American Pocketknives Chapter Summaries

Introduction: Overview of Continuity and Societal Change
This history in relation to the larger context of societal change in the last one hundred years
Chapter 1: Beginnings
The how and why: emergence of the cutlery industry in the United States
Chapter 2: Schatt & Morgan
An introduction to the joint enterprise of John W. Schatt and Charles P. Morgan
Chapter 3: Gowanda, New York
A chronology that accurately portrays the relationship between Schatt & Morgan and the Platts/Case families in Gowanda New York
Chapter 4: Titusville, Pennsylvania
The story of the move to Titusville as told in the Titusville Herald
Chapter 5: The First World War and the Cutlery Business
What the First World War, lack of materials, and lack of cutlers did to the cutlery business
Chapter 6: The Emergence of Queen
Queen City's five founders split with Schatt & Morgan, and various work spaces
Chapter 7: Queen City Cutlery: Ascension to the Throne
How Queen City's success and the national economy weakened Schatt & Morgan
Chapter 8: Making Sense of The Dollar Knife
Conclusions from the data brought to light about this Schatt & Morgan-related company
Chapter 9: Touch Marks, Tang Stamps, and Trade Marks
A short history of United States trademarks
Chapter 10: Counterfeit and Bootleg Cutlery
Authenticity and its importance to collectors, with examples of some Queen Cutlery knives
Chapter 11: Steel and Queen Cutlery
A review of the origins of stainless steel and its initial slow acceptance by the cutlery buying public
Chapter 12: Cyclops Steel Company
The history of Cyclops Steel and its relation to Queen City Cutlery
Chapter 13: ATS-34 Steel
An example of Queen Cutlery's risk taking: using ATS-34 steel in the production of traditional pocketknives
Chapter 14: Rogers and Winterbottom Bone
A history of Rogers and Winterbottom handles products; from cattle bone to space age plastics, and exotic handle materials
Chapter 15: Automatic knives
Automatic knives from George Schrade to Eric Erickson: the Queen "Jet" push button knives and their demise
Chapter 16: Queen Cutlery Salesmen
How Queen Cutlery's knives were sold by salesman
Chapter 17: Identifying Queen Cutlery Markings
Blade etches and tang stamping, and potential hazards for collectors
Chapter 18: A Pretender to the Throne?
Queen's Cutlery's victorious legal jousting with Henry Sears & Son Cutlery over proprietary rights
Chapter 19: Contract Knives: Past and Present
The time-honored American tradition of producing "contract knives" for other knife companies
Chapter 20: Schatt & Morgan Reproductions
The triumphant return of the Schatt & Morgan Mark in 1991 and the ongoing series
Chapter 21: File & Wire Tested Series
The more recent addition of Schatt & Morgan "File & Wire" Series limited production knives
Chapter 22: Ontario Cutlery
A short history of Ontario, its products, and its relation to Queen Cutlery
Chapter 23: Robeson Cutlery
A short history of the ups and downs of Robeson Cutlery and its return in 1995 as part of the Ontario/Queen corporate relationship
Chapter 24: The Queen Family
The Queen Cutlery family in relation to the close and extended families of cutlery in western New York and Pennsylvania
Chapter 25: Queen of (Knife) Clubs
The short history of the two Queen Cutlery collecting clubs
Chapter 26: Recent History
A listing of current series of pocketknives produced by Queen Cutlery ranging from knives handled in pearl to the aluminum handled "Big Chief"
Chapter 27: Conclusion
Remembering and attempting to understand and honor past as a way to understand the present and the possible future
Appendix A: Queen Tang Stamps
Appendix B: U.S. Knife Collecting Clubs