✅ SOLVED Knife makers mark?

Older The Better

Bronze Member
Apr 24, 2017
2,285
4,089
south east kansas
Detector(s) used
Whites Eagle Spectrum
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
DD047FC0-5EAE-470B-845F-F725ACAB7898.jpeg

Found this knife on the river, I can’t make out the key word in figuring out the maker it says ————- knife co, inside of a sword with made in the USA underneath, having a surprisingly difficult time finding a collection of makers marks to search in. Does anyone recognize the mark?
0D6E44D7-2010-4F9F-BCD9-13DB96E006CA.jpeg
B7D56417-F60C-4853-B195-EBC48B6095CC.jpeg
8347A15C-734C-4240-A094-06F634F70100.jpeg
 

CoinsAndThings

Jr. Member
Dec 4, 2020
75
154
Utah
Detector(s) used
Tesoro Silver Umax
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Not positive but I believe it says Ontario Knife Company. They've been around a very long time and still make knives.
There's a knife forum called BladeForums that has a sub-forum called "Bernard Levine's Knife Collecting and Identification" That is the place to get a definitive answer. You will have to join if you want to post a question.
 
Upvote 3

callmez

Jr. Member
May 25, 2014
91
141
East Tennessee
Detector(s) used
Equinox 800
Tesoro Vaquero
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
That is indeed an Ontario Knife Company marking. Ontario is still based in Franklinville, NY (since 1889). The Made in U.S.A. marking would seem to indicate manufacture in or after 1965.
Ontario makes the well known Old Hickory brand. Those are deeply stamped "Old Hickory" on the handles.
The narrow blade suggests a boning knife but this would be a pretty short boning knife. Maybe just a utility knife.
I don't believe that Bernard has been active on the BladeForums site for quite a long time.
 
Upvote 3

CoinsAndThings

Jr. Member
Dec 4, 2020
75
154
Utah
Detector(s) used
Tesoro Silver Umax
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
That is indeed an Ontario Knife Company marking. Ontario is still based in Franklinville, NY (since 1889). The Made in U.S.A. marking would seem to indicate manufacture in or after 1965.
Ontario makes the well known Old Hickory brand. Those are deeply stamped "Old Hickory" on the handles.
The narrow blade suggests a boning knife but this would be a pretty short boning knife. Maybe just a utility knife.
I don't believe that Bernard has been active on the BladeForums site for quite a long time.
Thanks for the information about Bernard. I wasn't aware of that.
 
Upvote 0
OP
Older The Better

Older The Better

Bronze Member
Apr 24, 2017
2,285
4,089
south east kansas
Detector(s) used
Whites Eagle Spectrum
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #5
Bingo, you guys nailed it, thanks for the help I was hung up on Cairo or something wouldn’t have guessed that many letters were in there
6B1CA7B5-55BF-4852-99FE-1AF09E90D90A.jpeg

DEAF6AD0-99BB-46AB-82A7-860AA158D047.jpeg
 
Upvote 1

callmez

Jr. Member
May 25, 2014
91
141
East Tennessee
Detector(s) used
Equinox 800
Tesoro Vaquero
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
I hadn't even noticed the lettering above the sword. Looks like you've nailed it!

These knives were and still are made from simple carbon steels -- but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. The heat treatment is pretty good and they are still bargains for the price you pay, even the new ones of today. If you clean your knife up, sharpen and use it, you may be surprised at its performance.
 
Upvote 2

Top Member Reactions

Users who are viewing this thread

Top