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I want to offer a very heart felt thank you to the many people who have helped me in researching the history of JBF Champlin, his family and endeavors.  Over the years, these people have been very generous in sharing their time, resources and information with me.

You all have my gratitude and  appreciation,

Derek Smith

Members of the Champlin Family

  • Kimberly Champlin Hunter and her parents, Vera Hazard Denny & Jerry B.F. Champlin
  • Faith Henry
  • Shirley & Art Allard
  • Jerry B.F. Champlin Jr.
  • Kay Snyder
  • Charlotte Syran
  • Barry Snyder
  • Robert Simcick
  • Rob & Joni Simcick
  • Francis Simcick
  • Robert Champlin, family historian & genealogist

Museums and historians

  • Patrick Cullen, American Museum of Cutlery, Cattaraugus, NY
  • Sharon Fellows, Cattaraugus County Museum, Machias, NY
  • Carol Ruth, former Cattaraugus County Historian
  • Mary Schabel, 1901 Pan Amercian Exposition
  • Ron Nagy, Lily Dale Museum
  • Chris Bouton
  • Kevin Reiman

Book and magazine authors. 

The amount of research that goes into publishing a book on historical cutlery is staggering.  I appreciate the efforts of these men and want to acknowledge their contribution to our understanding of cutlery history.

  • Mark Zaleski / Knife World Magazine
  • Bernard Levine / Levine’s Guide to Knives and Their Values
  • David Anthony / Tidioute: A Town With An Edge
  • Dean Case / Kinfolks Knives, A History of Cutlery and Cousins
  • Harvey Platts / The Knife Makers Who Went West.
  • Brad Lockwood / The Case Cutlery Dynasty
  • Gerald Witcher / Counterfeiting Antique Cutlery
  • Roy Ritchie and Ron Stewart / Cattaraugus Cutlery Co.
  • John and Charlotte Goins / Goins’ Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings



  • Edward Stevens, Little Valley, NY
  • Scott King
  • Myron Tupa
  • Douglas Growitz
  • Kent Phalen
  • Rhonda Hutchinson and her husband Barry, owners of the old Cattaraugus factory building in Little Valley, NY.
  • The many collectors who have shared endless emails and photos with me over the years.
  • A big “High Five” goes to Art Green for taking so much of Michael Losicco’s money.


Faith H. and Kimberly Champlin Hunter 2005

Champlin cousins, Faith Henry and Kimberly Champlin Hunter 2005