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    Barnett Plier Knife or "H.H.H. Knife"
        
    The photo on the right shows the Barnett Plier Knife next to two other plier knives. 

    c1900-1919

    Oscar Barnett Tool Company, Newark, New JerseyUS Patent No. 606547: http://www.google.com/patents?id=lNVaAAAAEBAJ

    A beautifully preserved example of the Barnett Pliers Knife is shown on Bernard Levine's website:http://pweb.netcom.com/~brlevine/barnett.htm

        
    The ads were scanned from a 1905 Logan-Gregg Hardware Co catalog, a 1910 Thomas MFG catalog, a 1914 Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. catalog and 
    a 1917 Montgomery Wards catalog (from left to right). 

        ...

    There's a reference to the Barnet Plier Knife in a 1909 Officer's Manual by Captain James A. Moss.  At the top of page 304, the author recommends that enlisted men carry a combination knife and mentions that the "H. H. H. Knife" by Oscar Barnett, Newark, N. J. is very good.  The book was digitized by Google Books.

     
          

    References:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 292
    Bernard Levine's knife-related links page: includes links to information on knives, knife technology, knife history, and knife law.
    http://www.knife-expert.com/links.htm
    Bernard Levine's internet business card: 
    http://www.knife-expert.com Author, Expert Witness, Identification, Appraisal. 


    Heilrath Pli-R-Nif
     
     

    Pli-R-Nif Co, San Francisco, CA, c1905/1906
    US Patent No. 790432: http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=9a5DAAAAEBAJ

    References:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 293



    Morley Plier Knife
     
    The ad was scanned from a 1915 Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. Catalog.

    W. H. Morley & Sons, Germany, c1915-1920's

    Two additional photos generously provided to The Multi-Tool Museum courtesy of G.L. of New Jersey:
     


    References:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 293



    Valley Forge Plier Knives
    The photos were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by Scott King of cutlerynewsjournal.com.


    The Valley Forge plier knife was patented in 1923 by Charles Undy.  Some of the knives are stamped Boker (which owned Valley Forge) and Case (which had the knives produced on contract).  The first photo shows three Valley Forge knives and one marked H Boker & Co Improved Cutlery (third from the top).  Two Valley Forge knives with etched blades are shown in the other photos.


    References:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 292-3


    String Musician's Knife
     
    The photos were generously provided to The Multi-Tool Museum by an anonymous contributor.

    The wire gauge is marked with notes A, E F, G. There is a folding pliers to manipulate the string and a nail file that is triangular in cross section for notching the bridge.



    Dynamite Knife


    A C4 spike serves as one handle for the pliers. A 2 and 1/3" blade is housed in the other handle. It's just under 5" long and 1/4" thick. It's marked "explosifs luxite" on one side and "Luxembourg-Kockelscheuer" on the other.

    According to Wikipedia: "Kockelscheuer is a small town in the commune of Roeser, in southern Luxembourg. As of 2001, the town has a population of 261. The Fortis Championships Luxembourg are held at the Kockelscheuer Sport Centre, just to the north of the town."

    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition has a section on "Dynamite Knives" on page 294. 




    ABCo Happy Angler No. 300
     
     

    Patented in Germany by A. Bauermann & Co. in 1964. (patent document)



    Seaboard Steel "Pocket Tool Kit"
    The ads were scanned from a 1952 Fortune magazine.

    Seaboard Steel Co. Made in France c 1948 (and atleast until 1952)

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, p. 248




    E. Behrman L'Electric Multi-Tool Pliers




    Hoffritz "Plier Tool Kit"

    The ad was scanned from a 1960s Hoffritz Catalog.

    Hoffritz N.Y. Germany (c 1931-present)

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, p. 130




    Hugo Bauermann Multi-Tool Pliers



    Handy Plier Knife



    Knife-Pliers
    Ad from Boys Life September 1962 digitized by Google Books.



    Abercrombie & Fitch Fishing Tool 

     
     
    The magazine ad from LIFE March 22 1954 was digitized by Google Books.

    c1960s
    http://www.abercrombie.com (previously an outfitter store)

      
    Article from Popular Mechanics April 1967 digitized by Google Books.

    References: 



    Hoffritz Plier Knife

      
    The magazine scan from LIFE March 22, 1954 was digitized by Google Books.



    Hoffritz "Folding Plier Fish Knife"

      
    The ad was scanned from a 1960s Hoffritz Catalog. The magazine scan from Popular Science January 1965 was digitized by Google Books.

    Hoffritz N.Y. Germany (c 1931-present). A similar multi-tool was also marked Bonsa (see photos below).

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, p. 130




    Bonsa Folding Plier Fish Knife

      
      

    "Bonsa" was a trademark of Boentegen & Sabin Solingen Germany c1867-1983. A 1960s Hoffritz catalog shows a nearly identical knife (see scan above).

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, p. 27



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