Vintage Multi-Tool Wrenches


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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