Fairfield Ct –-(Ammoland.com)- There is a lot of information out there about Camillus and Western knife brands.
Many ask who is Acme United Corporation? We understand.
This then is an effort to briefly set the record straight with a short accurate history of what has occurred and what is currently happening with these fine brands.
Acme United Corporation www.acmeunited.com which rescued, revived and owns both Western and Camillus brands also owns several diversified companies specializing in various types of cutting tools from gardening and construction tools and a line of home, office and auto first aid products. Acme is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and AMEX and manufactures and sells products the world over. Acme is also the largest importer of cutting steel in the U.S.
Since Acme is primarily involved in the manufacture of cutting instruments it took a liking to the potential of these two great old brands and bought both in a bankruptcy auction in September 2007 and launched Camillus in 2009; the rest is history. Acme will continue to import various models of high-tech steel knives as do most major brands.
In addition the Western brand is now back in force and several fixed blade Camillus models are now completely made in the U.S.A..
Acme is not new to cutlery and their management and overall knowledge of (the cutlery) business will make the decisions that should move these two great old brands to a generation of folks who may only know of them from collector and gun shows. The reestablishment seems to be working as both brands are currently the fastest growing cutlery companies in the U.S. and feature incredibly aggressive pricing.
About Western Brand Knives. The original Western brand began business in 1896 as Platts & Sons Cutlery in New York. Founder Charlie Platt was an experienced knife maker who emigrated from Sheffield, England. He spent nearly 3 decades making knives for Northfield Knife Company in Connecticut. Charlie's sons continued the business and in 1911 H.N. Platt bought out his siblings and moved the plant to Boulder Colorado where it became Western States Cutlery. The name was shortened to Western Cutlery.
Western flourished, and even provided special fighting knives to elite military units in WWII and Korea. From the beginning through 1984 Western was run by Platt family members. In 1984 Western was sold to Coleman and in 1991 Coleman sold Western to Camillus Cutlery.
About Camillus Brand Knives.
The short version is it began about 1873 when one of the founders Adolph Kastor began importing German made knives into the United States. Eventually this expanded into manufacturing knives in Camillus New York. While the population of the U.S. was small in 1910 the company still made nearly a million knives that year. Camillus produced many types of cutting instruments from surgical instruments to fighting knives until foreign imports, labor union and alleged management problems caused it to close in February 2007 taking Western with it.
Acme United Corporation
60 Round Hill Road
Fairfield, CT. 06824