Clarence Risner of Tennessee, one-time NKCA board member, was one of several midwestern and southeastern knife collectors and dealers who had private brand knives made for them by Friedrich Olbertz of Solingen. Risner's brand was INDIAN HEAD 1902
, and he sold these knives in the 1970s.
Other such brands you may run into include:
FIGHTN' ROOSTER (Frank Buster of Lebanon TN);
BULLDOG BRAND (Charlie Dorton of Kingsport TN, bought by Jim Parker in 1992);
"MARBLE'S" (made for Jim Parker c1992);
STIDHAM'S KNIVES, BELPRE OHIO (Rhett Stidham, who now lives in Florida);
R. J. RICHTER (I don't know where Richter lived, but he was an American importer who sold fantasy Nazi pen knives made for him by Olbertz in the 1960s);
HARDIN WHOLESALE (George Smith of Kenova WV).
There were others that I can't think of right now. Please feel free to add to or correct this list
Another was SWANNER CUTLERY Co (Stan Swanner, Fairfield OH).
[This message has been edited by bernard_levine (edited May 29, 2000).]