Quoting from "Levine's Guide To Knives And Their Values - 4th Edition" by Bernard Levine...
In 1883 John Chatillon & Sons Co. of New York City, a half-century old maker of scales, acquired the Foster Brothers Cutlery Co. of Fulton, New York, founded in 1878 by Frank and Allie Foster. Chatillon expanded the Foster Bros. line to over 500 items. During World War II Foster made 250,000 cleavers for the military, plus thousands of bolos and other knives. Chatillon closed Foster Bros. in the 1950's, and sold the name to the Columbia Cutlery Co.
Quoting "Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings" by John & Charlotte Goins...
Foster Bros. & Chatillon Co.
c. 1835 - present
John Chatillon Company made scales when it was founded in 1835. Eventually, they began making butcher knives, cleavers, and steels. In 1885, they became sole agents agents for the Foster Brothers line butchers' tools.
In 1896, the firm purchased the Phoenix Knife Company of Phoenix, New York. They then merged it with the Foster Brothers & Chatillon Company. This added hundreds of patterns of of jack and pen knives to their line.
They continued dealing in pocket cutlery as late as 1937. The firm is still in business, dealing in butchers supplies.
Yes, I know about the site (in fact, I have been sending Russian/Ukrainian speakers there for a wile) and know the person whose site it is. He is a knife enthusiast from St. Petersburg, Russia and he is a member here.
The site is great - lots of pics and lots of information on knives and knife use.
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My name is Andrey, I am from Saint Petersburg, Russia. I am the owner the site
www.cookingknife.ru with the photos of Foster Brothers knives.
There are not only photos - http://www.cookingknife.ru/iView.aspx?id=38 at this site, but the article about Foster Brothers and other american cutlery companies (19-20 century) Sorry, it is in Russian, but there are a lot of photos - http://www.cookingknife.ru/aShow.aspx?id=44
Thank you very much for good words about my site
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Hi Andrey and welcome to the forum .
your site is great .
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