Dating and pricing knives
I have organized this guide, so that you can skim through it and/or go directly to your era and read up on what you need to know.Brief History The word CUTCO stands for the Cooking UTensil COmpany and can trace its roots back to late 1800's when skilled cutlery craftsmen began emigrating from England.
To help our collectors identify the various patterns, we developed a unique numbering system. You can find the Case knife pattern number stamped on the tang of your knife’s blade.This number tells you exactly what kind of knife you have.The first number indicates the type of material used to make the handle. The last two or more digits indicate the factory pattern number.Those who settled in parts of New York State and Pennsylvania formed many successful cutlery companies.Cutco began production in 1948 as a new spin off product line of Wear-Ever Aluminum.Combined locations in Olean, NY and New Kensington, Pa.
First generation Cutco can be marked with the PA location on it such as chests for the Table Knife Sets. I have spoken to many sales reps and managers from the early days.
Keep in mind that the dating codes are for internal company uses to help to determine the age of a knife and if free replacement or half price if abused or misused.
Your knife may be missing date code, as missed process during production, a test market knife, or can be professionally over polished, but other marking should be missing too.
Plans for a new can opener have been on the table, but no word of its production potential has been made public. The guide covers the Kitchen Knives which can be used as a general guide for accessories and Table Knives. The general rule is to follow the handle colors below.
Know that manufacturers will continue styles for for many years, so that past customers can order new products that will match the oringal order.
Starting in 1949, these products are covered by the Famous Forever Guarantees.