A lot of the information here was provided from them. In fact, during the early days of Cutco, sales reps were allowed to sell competition brands with the belief that the Cutco products would outperform them.
Men on leave from Navy bases to satisfied owners were among the earliest sales people.
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.
Wear-Ever focused upon restaurant applications where as Cutco was intended for home use.
During this brief one year production of 1948, Cutco's famous Forever Guarantees do not apply.
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.
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.
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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.