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 Colonial Knife Mark 1 U.S. Navy deck knife and continues to be manufactured in Rhode Island



February 3-5, 2023

North Conway, New Hampshire


Colonial Knife is again a proud product sponsor for the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest 2023


 Local, national, and international brands bring their latest and greatest to the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest so you can try before you buy.  This year, these companies will set up their product in a local brewery space so that we can have more elbow and breathing room as you try on gloves, jackets, boots, crampons, a backpack or two, and the tools of the trade.

 Cait Fitzgerald photo



Welcome to the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest!
Started by Rick Wilcox and Nick Yardley in 1993, the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest has been the premier ice climbing event in the northeast ever since. The founders were inspired by other events in the country which featured ice climbing clinics, slideshows, and of course beer and a fun community atmosphere (read: a big party of climbers).
Now 30 years in, the party continues this upcoming February 3-5, 2023.
This event is eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering, and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs. MWV Ice Fest welcomes climbers from all different backgrounds.  Whether you are LGBTQIA+, adaptive, POC, we are striving to be an inclusive festival.
The Mount Washington Valley is one of the finest waterfall ice climbing destinations in North America. Each year we offer a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world.
Why Climb with us at Ice Fest?
  • You'll learn from the absolute best!  We have an incredible roster of in-house and guest guides!
  • You'll meet lots of other climbers and maybe a future climbing partner
  • There are courses for all abilities
  • Jaw dropping videos/shows
  • Sample amazing beer from local brewery Tuckerman Brewing Co.
  • Free gear demos from our sponsors!  Try before you buy!
  • Yummy food available at all events!
  • It's action packed and a damn good time!






 Colonial Knife Co.® Established 1926, C.K.C. Continues manufacturing knives, tools, survival kits and flashlights. "Over 90 years and 4 generations, view the art, drama and history of one of the most interesting knife companies in world, Tactical Knives magazine April 2008 issue." CKC a division of CCI

Original 1926 logo shown above in color is still used today

This black and white logo was designed in 2000 the original 1926 logo did not reproduce well in magazines

This is an artist retendering of the Colonial Knife property with Oak Street dividing the press room from the rest of the facility

HOME PAGE For Colonial Knife Inc.® Incorporated in 1926, over 96 years and four generations manufacturing knives, tools, flashlights, survival kits, rescue tools 


Ranger, Colonial, Prov., RI

Old Cutler

Anvil Brand


Master Brand


Collectible rating for the Colonial Cutlery-Knife brand is Very Good
"The Standard Knife Collector's Guide" Third edition


Antique American Switchblades, by Mark Erickson, Identification & Value Guide, published by Krause Publications


 Colonial Knife manufactured five basic models of switchblade in the 1940's and 1950's. They were one of two U.S. companies who were still manufacturing them on a large scale in 1958 when Congress banned interstate commerce and manufacturing for the purpose of interstate commerce, of the knives. How's that for irony? The two companies in the nation who still manufactured switchblades on a large scale, could still legally make them, but could only sell them in the state where they were manufactured and both companies were located in Rhode Island!

Many of the American switchblades have acquired colorful nicknames over the years. Some of my favorites are the ones associated with the Colonial switchblades. In the following list of knives I have included the length closed, tang stamp and nicknames in parenthesis. The eight basic patterns of switchblade knives Colonial produced were as follows:

1. 2 1/4-inch Snappy (fishtail)

2. 2 1/4-inch Snappy (bowtie)

3. 3 3/8-inch Shur Snap (cigar)

4. 4-inch Shur Snap (bowtie)

5. 4 1/8-inch Shur Snap (stubby)

6. 4 1/8-inch Shur Snap (fatjack)

7. 4 1/8-inch Shur Snap (stubby)

8. 5-inch Shur Snap (jumbo jack)

The names Shur Snap and Snappy were introduced in 1948. The 4 1/8-inch fatjack was made with two or more tang stampings besides the Shur Snap mentioned above. Those stamps are "Pronto" and "Jiffy" and these knives must have been made in smaller numbers because they are harder to find than the Shur Snaps. Wirth the addition of these two important variations there are a total of 10 knives that you'd have to collect to have a good representation of Colonials' switchblade lineup.

The Jumbo Jack and Stubby knives all have large round buttons. The fatjack knives, including Pronto and Jiffy, all have a smaller button with some being flat and some slightly rounded. The buttons on the rest of the Colonial Shur-Snap knives help to tell us at what stage of production they were made; early, middle or late. I like to refer to these times differences as generations, and there are four total.Those knives with the large brass buttons are the oldest. I call them first generation and they were made in the late 1940's and early 1950's. A large button other than brass would be second generation from the early 1950's. Small rounded buttons are the third generation from the mid 1950's, and small flat buttons are fourth generation and were made in the late 1950's. For the record the handles on these knives were NOT made of celluloid as many collectors think. I wanted to be sure so I did a fire test on several handles. Celluloid is extremely flammable and will ignite immediately upon contact with flame, while plastic will smoke. Also, the odors are very different. The Colonial handles are some sort of plastic, not celluloid. Interestingly, all of the Colo that can be seen of the bottom stamp is "USA". Durinnial switchblades have the brand name over the "Colonial" over "PROV USA" stamped on the front tang, but on most of the fishtails, jacks and Snappy's allg the manufacturing process groves must be cut into the tang of the blade for locking purposes and most of the time these grooves were cut right through "PROV", usually obliterating it, though sometimes part of it is still visible.

Fishtail with green swirl plastic handles and no bolsters. Knife has the small flat button, clip and brass liners. Mint condition value: $265

Fishtail with blue swirl plastic handles and no bolsters. Knife ahs small flat button, unusual flat clip blade (similar to Edgemaster) and brass liners. It is very late production and harder to find. Mint condition, value $275.00

Bowtie with black imitation stag plastic handles and time bolsters with finder guard. Large button, sabre ground blade and brass liners. Mint condition value $240.00

Fishtail with black imitation stag plastic handles and tin bolsters. Large button, sabre ground blade and brass liners. Mint condition value $240.00



I just got my returned knife in the mail.  I would like to say thank you.
 I have NEVER had a company been so helpful with their product.  While I did not expect a new knife (I would have been happy with my old one), you sent a replacement.
 To say I am speechless, is an understatement.  Thank you very, VERY much.
 In my opinion, you have a very excellent product in any metric you wish to use......quality, craftsmanship, customer service, warranty.
Thank you again.
Deepest appreciation, 
Robert Shaw

 February 1, 2019
Mr. Paolantonio,
In return, I also hope this finds you well and your family also. I received my repaired knife in the mail today.
I am very pleased that it is in such beautiful condition and I will treasure it always. As much as I am pleased with the knife, I am even more pleased to have made your acquaintance.  It is very heartening to find that you and your family have maintained the integrity and customer service that you have rendered.  Thank you and I wish you continued success in all you do.
Leonard Nelson
              107 Tactical Knife, One Of Several From The Ranger Series®


Military Issue Knife General Purpose Model 2205


Shackle Key tool for boaters

Shur-Snap oxygen tank key and one hand operation Switchblade Knife




Survival Kit NEW 

Colonial Knife Corp® 9 decades under the control and management of the Paolantonio family is the longest running knife company in the United States still operated and managed by the same family, Colonial Knife Company incorporated in 1926 by Antonio Paolantonio and his two brothers Domenic and Fredrick, 93 years and 4 generations later, the company continues the tradition of quality knife and tool manufacturing. 

Why purchase the Colonial Knife brand? The Collectible rating for a Colonial Knife brand is very good along with being a knife that is made for being used everyday, the primary purpose of a knife is to cut, crappy steel or exotic, makes no difference if not properly hardened. At Colonial Knife, we are methodical about blade hardness, our grandfathers understood the importance of hardening steel and how to achieve the proper Rockwell hardness, the measuring of the blade strength through hardening of the steel. Our standards require Colonial Knife to achieve 58-60 C hardness, over 60 C and the cutting edge is prone to chipping, under 58 C, and the blade won't hold it's edge. A proper blade Rockwell Hardness ensures the customer is receiving the very best in their knife.