Colonial Knife Corp, a USA Knife Company since 1926
When the Paolantonio brothers founded Colonial Knife and created its first pocket knife in 1926, the three knew it was destined to become an industry standard. Today, Colonial is proud to manufacture the highest quality in precision cutlery--quality that can only come from nearly a century of knife making experience. That’s why Colonial is able to offer a lifetime warranty on all its products. Today, Colonial continues to push the industry to its manufacturing boundaries. Through the use of innovative technologies and breakthrough metal research, Colonial Knife thrives in the outdoor products industry; a feat which requires a powerful position along with creative thinking. It’s the perfect confluence of art and science-the kind of performance you’ll find at Colonial, and the type of ”pushing the envelope“ that has made Colonial an industry leader.
Adapting to Thrive: 90 Years of Excellence in Manufacturing
Colonial Knife manufactures, military knives, Bushcraft knives using 154CM steel, fire/rescue and marine/sailors knives plus,farrier tools, Electrician knives, hunters and rock and ice climbing knives. Colonial Knife Corp also engineered the automatic knife, switch blade, military collector’s knife-Mark 1 navy deck knife, paratrooper knife, marlin spike knives and the Roper Knives™, assisted opening Quick Flick Knives™, known as Cowboy Up™ knives, Tuckerman Ravine Knives™ and the J Hook Rescue Tool, or J knife, are made for the professional. Colonial also manufactures the MC-1 Survival Pocket Knife. All Colonial knives come with a life time warranty against defects in material and craftsmanship New for 2016 Licensed Mossy Oak camo patterns
The Paolantonio Brothers
Colonial Knife was incorporated in 1926 by the Paolantonio brothers; Antonio, Domenic, Fredrick . Prior to the three brothers forming Colonial Knife, they each worked in other occupations which would hone their skills as manufactures and businessmen.
Antonio: upon returning from the First World War where he served as black smith with the U.S. Cavalry he started the A. Paolantonio Cutlery Company where he began making knives for the jewelry industry.
Domenic: worked for the Empire Knife Company, Meridian CT, as a foreman.
Fredrick: worked for the Imperial Knife Company, Providence, Rhode Island as a department head.
The brothers proved they had the skills needed to achieve success. Antonio handling the sales, Domenic the finances and Frederick the manufacturing process. The 20’s and 30’s would prove to be difficult times, but with hard work and determination, the brothers would overcome all obstacles.
When the Second World War broke out, Colonial Knife was engaged in the production of the famous Mark 1 Navy Deck Knife and the Navy Pilot Survival Knife along with a variety of military jack knives. During the, war Antonio served on the war production board in Washington D.C where he oversaw the allocation of steel to the cutlery industry.
Colonial Knife under construction 1930
The Beginning of CCI, Colonial Cutlery International
In 2001, some of the employees of the former Colonial Knife started Colonial Cutlery international (CCI) and began manufacturing the M-724 Switchblades and the J-316 for the military. This new interest in the Colonial brand led to additional customers such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Cooper Tools, Stanley Works, Ideal Industries, and the General Service Administration (G.S.A.).
In 2002, CCI registered the Colonial Knife brand as a division of Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. Today, the Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. brand is the imported line of knives and tools while the U.S.A.- made products fall under the Colonial Knife brand.Together, two great brands under one roof.