Standard cutlery was started in 1901 by Elliot Case and his brother Dean Case. Elliot died of typhoid in 1903 closing the business down. Dean joined his brothers in what is now Case knives.
James crowell is a master blade smith and began selling knives in 1980. This is one of his first knives. A really nice guy and one of the best custom knife makes out there.The scroll work around the handle is superb. I contacted jim and this is his response “Dear Dave,
Thanks for writing. Wow that one has been around a while and is in excellent shape. I am delighted you like it.
It is certainly pre-1986 and appears to have been made by the stock removal process. I still make stock removal knives now and again but have a specific mark to differentiate them from forged blades which have been marked with a shooting star since 1986. Stock removal knives are marked with “J Crowell” in script and a small shooting star right after on the same line.
I think you have a little piece of history as I have not seen one like that in a long time. My name was engraved by a jeweler on that one.
Best regards, Jim
This is one of my favorite knives. Estimated value priceless
“Ron Little was a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Game and Fish Commission back in the 70s. He specialized in whitetail deer management and consequently did a lot of work at check stations. From field & stream 1975 “one of the outstanding folder specialist is Ron Little of ring gold Georgia. Little got into the business because he wasn’t happy with store bought knives and decided to make his own.Ron crafts proper pocket size knife of 0-1 or a-2 steels with a rockwell hardness of 58 and 60 respectively.Few sportsmen have had as much experience using a knife on game than Ron Little. Part of his job is working game check stations during anterless deer hunt and removing the reproductive organs for laboratory analysis. On average Ron handles 100 deer a day. Ron says “I work pretty fast ,used two folders and had to stop and resharpen a couple of times, but I got the job done.” Sadly Ron died at a young age in 1977. His knives are highly collectable and hard to find. This knife is mint , fits the hand like a glove, great back spring. estimated value $400
BOB OGG. One of the first custom knife makers in the united states during the 20th century. He made original custom folders and fixed blade knives for more than 60 years, He enjoyed using wood and stag for his handles Bob made his first knives while working on the wood oil rigs, forging his knives from spike. He began selling knives in 1964. estimated value $ 500 . Very hard to find, a great custom knife for any collection.