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    C.P. Wrench Knife

    The photos were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by G.L. of New Jersey.

    c1908

    The C.P. Wrench Knife, manufactured by C.P. Wrench Co. of Bristol Tennessee, combined a knife and screwdriver with a quick adjusting wrench.  Both the wrench knife and the quick adjusting wrench were patented by Charles C. Fields (U.S. Patent numbers: 888795 and 706042).

    references:
    American Wrench Makers 1830-1930, p. 86
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 295



    Unmarked Wrench Knife
    The photos were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by G.L. of New Jersey.


    Cattaraugus Wrench Knife 
    The photos were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by Scott King of cutlerynewsjournal.com and elephanttoenails.com
     and G.L. of New Jersey.

    There were several versions of the Cattaraugus wrench knife.  In the first photo, the original Cattaraugus wrench knife (top) is shown next to the 1-W (middle) and the 3-W (bottom).  The original wrench knife combined an alligator wrench and a screwdriver, a wire stripper, and a punch .  The example shown below is a salesman's sample and it is marked "12" on the blade. 



    original


    In the 1920's, the alligator wrench was replaced with a crescent wrench and the folding tools were replaced with either a knife and punch (1-W) or a knife and a combination screwdriver and cap lifter (3-W).  There were two variations of the 3-W which differed in the style of the combination screwdriver and cap lifter.  The variation of the 3-W shown in the photos is from the 1920's.  A photo showing 3-W knives from both the 1920's and 1930's is shown in Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 294.  



    1-W


    3-W (c1920s)


    References:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 293-4
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings, p. 53



    Aerial D399 "Alligator Special"

    Aerial Cutlery Co., c1920s

    references:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 294




    Robeson Radio Electrician's Knife

    c1920s

    references:
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 294




    1930s Multi-Tool Wrench
    Magazine scan from Popular Mechanics April 1930 digitized by Google Books.


    Coricama Wrench Knife


    Seaboard Steel "Pocket Auto Kit"
      
    The first two ads were scanned from a 1952 Fortune magazine.  The third ad was digitized by Google Books from Popular Science December 1951.

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

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings p. 248



    Hoffritz N.Y. Germany Multi-Tool Wrench
    (Photo)

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

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings p. 130



    Klein Multi-Tool Wrench


    Lunawerk Multi-Tool Wrench

    Lunawerk (c 1928-1948) by A. Feist & Company

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings p. 171


    Magazine scan from Popular Science November 1952 digitized by Google Books.


    Hoffritz "Midget Wrench Knife"
     
    The ad was scanned from a 1960s Hoffritz Catalog.

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


    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings p. 130



    Monkey Wrench Knife
     
    The advertisement from Popular Science Feb 1951 was digitized by Google books.

    c1950s

    Similar monkey wrench knives were marked Griffon, Hoffritz and Lamplough Cutlery (Germany). Levine's Guide has a photo of an Italian-made monkey wrench knife on p. 295.

    References:
    Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings p. 114
    Levine's Guide to Knives and their Values 4th Edition, p. 295



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

    Ad from Boys Life September 1967 d
    igitized by Google Books.



    Adventure Cutlery Multi-Tool Wrench

    Made in Japan



    Tiny Multi-Tool Wrench





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