Remington Cutlery – Background and Present Status
Remington knives have been there since the 1920’s. Although the brand has gone out from the business of knife and cutlery items production, various newer knives from the manufacturer are still in circulation. Recreations of some older knife patterns have been made on contract by other companies. Many of these are highly valuable and collectable. You can also find many older knives, although these are generally worn well. The knives from this brand are known across the globe for fine construction, superior materials and traditional style.
It was in 1920 that Remington Arms Co. came into the knife production industry. The company created a factory at Bridgeport CT and knife makers were hired from Sheffield, England for supervising the design and creation process. As many as 6,000 knives were being shipped every month in a short while. Later, production reached as high as 10,000 knives every day.
The R1123 Jumbo Trapper began to be produced in 1922 by Remington. However, by 1950, the production of these knives had ended. In 1982, the knives entered the market again, although in a very different way from the 1920’s version. It marked the beginning of the latest Bullet Knife series, and the Bullet Knife of 1982 was a recreation of the actual R1123 trapper. The 1982 knife was developed for promoting the Remington Model Six and Model Four centerfire rifles.
When the company was struck by the Great Depression, it was sold off to the Dupont Company. No changes were made to the knives. However, the cutlery business was ultimately discontinued in 1940. The facilities used for knife production were needed for supplying weapons to the government. Dupont sold off the equipment to Pal Company. The rest of the parts were assembled and used to make a few knives for the military. The equipment was scrapped later in 1950.
Remington Cutlery – Its Present
Remington has generally produced and marketed knives of amazing quality, although some of them have been turkeys. For example, the Vintage Series that was produced in China, were inferior productions with poster art scenes and transparent acrylic scales on the handle.
The modern era witnessed the production of many commemorative knives. Occasionally, a special edition knife comes out from the brand, neither a commemorative nor an annual version. For example, a special trapper pattern knife was the 2015 Remington knife – with its handle being etched with the words “The Second Amendment”.