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Hello and thanks for stopping by. We are hoping that our growing web site will eventually become your your favorite stomping ground for information relating to the history of J.B.F. Champlin and the part he played in the American Cutlery Trade.

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Michael Losicco & Derek Smith

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FIRE !

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in slider posts | 2 comments

In the early morning hours of Friday, August 7th, 2015 the old Cattaraugus factory building in Little Valley, NY, caught fire and went up in flames. Even though the old building has been empty and falling apart for years, news of the fire has been a heavy blow, saddening collectors and many families who have connections to the building’s long and colorful history.   I have taken the liberty to collect and post some of the photographs from the fire that have been flying around the internet. I hope this does not step on anyone’s toes as far as copyrights are concerned. Most of the aftermath photos were taken by Rhonda Hutchison Ellison. She and her husband Barry live in Little Valley and own the building. These photos are used with her permission. Arson is suspected.                                             Here is a link to a news article about the fire. http://www.salamancapress.com/news/article_afbca834-3d15-11e5-a39e-bb0b163dd1f0.html   This is how the factory looked in the 40’s. The original building was only the main section and was used as the W.W. Wilson Butcher Knife factory. Cattaraugus Cutlery purchased it in the late 1800’s as their second factory. The building was added to and...

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Cool Knife Stuff

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in slider posts | 2 comments

Welcome to the page where we discus all the interesting knife related stuff we find!           Here is a very interesting Cattaraugus knife that Mike picked up recently with a saw blade. Notice the early stamp on the tang.  “Cattaraugus” in an arch over “Cut Co.”.  There is no “Little Valley, NY”     Here are 3 Cattaraugus Toenails that were recently acquired from the Scott King collection.  Thanks Scott!         Here are a few photos of an old Cattaraugus clipboard.  These images are courtesy of a long time collector who goes by the handle, Burning Springs. The clipboard is not very big.         A while back, a woman purchased an old tackle box at a yard sale for her husband. This knife was in the bottom of the box and was almost discarded as junk. Magic Mike has a way of attracting fare finds like this. I’m a little jealous.   Here are a couple of Utica knives from the factory collection that are headed Mike’s way....

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Vintage Photos & Paper

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in slider posts | 4 comments

Here are a few vintage photographs and scans of ephemera for your consideration.  (“Ephemera” is a plural term for old items that were not originally intended to last long, such as company invoices, letter head, envelopes, news paper ads, event programs etc.).           This is Cattaraugus Factory No. 1 on Mill Street. This photo came from an old postcard.       Factory workers in front of Cattaraugus Factory No. 2.  (The shadow on the...

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Historic Trade Cards

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in slider posts | 2 comments

In the course of doing his work as a traveling salesman, J.B.F. Champlin left trade cards behind as he called on customers.   These cards were often larger than our modern business cards and usually had an illustration on one side, with printed information about Champlin products and warranties on the other.  Very few of these historic cards have survived.  The illustration on this first card is a bit creepy by today’s standards.     Here are two cards...

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