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
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"
 https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/aerial-alligator-purina.jpg

Aerial Cutlery Co., c1920s

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




Robeson Radio Electrician's Knife 
  
The photos above were generously provided to the Multi-Tool Museum by G.L. of New Jersey.

 
c1920s

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




1930s-1950s Multi-Tool Wrench
Magazine scan from Popular Mechanics April 1930 digitized by Google Books.

The 1957 ad generously provided by Charley Cioffero.

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

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.


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


Hoffritz 3" Midget Wrench Knife
The ad was scanned from a 1960s Hoffritz Catalog. 

https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1968-Hoffritz-5201.jpg  
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1977-Hoffritz-19119.jpg
The 1968 and 1977 Hoffritz ads were generously provided by Charley Cioffero.

Hoffritz 4 1/2" Wrench Knife
   https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1977-Hoffritz-19089.jpg
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1968-Hoffritz-5192.jpg 
The 1968 and 1977 Hoffritz ads were generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


PIC Precise Imports Co Wrench Knife 
Scan of 1958 PIC Precise Imports Co catalog generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


Hoffritz Wrench Knife
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1974-hoffritz-wrench-knife.jpg  
The 1974 and 1979 Hoffritz ads were generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


Hoffritz 5" Multi-Tool Wrench
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1968-Hoffritz-50015.jpg
The 1968 Hoffritz ad was generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


Hoffritz 5" Wrench Knife
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1968-Hoffritz-5200.jpg 
The 1968 and 1977 Hoffritz ads were generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


Hoffritz 6 1/4" Wrench Knife
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1968-Hoffritz-5193.jpg 
The 1968 and 1977 Hoffritz ads were generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


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

 
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/1960%20Consortum%20of%20makers%20in%20Maniago.jpg
Scan from 1960 Consortum of Makers in Maniago generously provided by Charley Cioffero.


Klein Wrench Knives
https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/klein-wrench-knives.jpg https://sites.google.com/a/multi-tool.org/museum/vintagewrenches/klein-wrench-knives-springs.jpg

 
 



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