View Full Version : Universal L.F. & C ?

03-01-2013, 07:52 PM
So I picked this thing up as a curiosity, only knowing that its old and carbon . The blade is is around 300mm, extremely thin at the tip and crazy flexible (dont know if its a good thing). The blade seems to be stamped with a metal bolster.

Google shows that the company ended up getting sold to GE in the 60's and they made pocket knives and other cutlery. I can't find any thing else on it, so any more information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks !


03-01-2013, 08:14 PM
Nice find! The handle looks like one from a Nogent Sab-different bolster though. Very cool.

sachem allison
03-01-2013, 09:15 PM
landers frary & clark That is a great knife and will take a keen edge. The are probably pewter bolsters and ebony handles.http://www.toaster.org/landers.html you will love this knife. I have one that is 355mm and it is flexible as hell. best used as a slicer.

03-01-2013, 09:29 PM
Thanks, the bolster is something I have seen anything like it, here are some pics of the bolster. :)
As you can see its not welded to the blade.


sachem allison
03-01-2013, 09:53 PM
braised pewter, I have several it was very common from the 1830's on up to the 1920's and just about everyone made them. You very rarely saw a full integral bolster. most if not all bolsters were soldered or braised on.

03-01-2013, 10:36 PM
Can you give us some tip/choil/distal pics?

03-01-2013, 10:37 PM
That bolster is really frickin cool btw...

03-02-2013, 03:14 AM
Can you give us some tip/choil/distal pics?

Sure, please excuse my bad photography skills, the phone doesn't like indoor lighting :)

For comparison the knife on the bottom is the common victorinox 300mm chef

03-02-2013, 03:22 AM
wow nice and thin. awesome knife!

03-02-2013, 03:27 AM
Thanks for the info Sachem. So do you think the bolster as added on after the handle, say the knife was put in a mold and pewter casted over the knife? looking at where the wood joins the bolster its a bit uneven but there are zeros gaps. This knife is getting more and more interesting.

03-03-2013, 06:05 AM
LANDERS FRARY & CLARK (1865-1965), New Brittain, Connecticut.
By 1903, the company became the largest cutlery company in the world, as well as the first manufacturer of small electrical appliances.
From 1914 to 1930, produced and pocket knives.
The company made knives under a lot of brands. It is worth noted first class kitchen / butcher knives labeled «Double Shear Steel» and «Grand Prize / St.Louis 1904» «Universal»
The company was bought and destroyed in 1965 by General Electric
Excellent knife!

03-04-2013, 10:30 AM
LF Chef's
L - 440mm, Blade =310mm, height -55mm, Thinness - (4,0-1,5-0,5)mm weight 235 g

03-04-2013, 10:56 AM
Beautiful knife, how does it cut/sharpen?

03-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Sharpen - fast, cut -very good
It is LANDERS FRARY & CLARK «Universal» too. I think 1950-1960