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    Username Post: Imperial Prov RI USA        (Topic#373202)
    leroyt
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    03-27-04 07:26.30 - Post#373202    



    Hi, I have a pen knife given to me by my grandfather years ago. On the blade is stamped Imperial Prov RI usa. It has a second blade which is I believe a car key. I t is aprox. 5 inches open, 2 and three quarter inches closed. I believe that the scales are plastic that looks like pearl. Anyone have any info on this knife? Thanks in advance, LeRoy
     
    tmh
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    03-28-04 12:51.36 - Post#373915    


        In response to leroyt

    They were give aways, if I'm not mistaken they were given away by the car dealerships with the cars, I have one that's an advertisement for an auto dealer from the 50's with a blank uncut GM key, picked it up on EBay for about $8.
    The Mad Hungarian


     
    Bladez211
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    03-28-04 16:25.43 - Post#374005    


        In response to tmh

    They were (still are) a knife company in Rhode island, most of their knives were low end pocket knives, sold cheap in drugstores, hardware stores and the like. They are decent beater knives with little or no value.
     
    El_Lobo
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    03-29-04 01:04.51 - Post#374132    


        In response to Bladez211

    I believe that TM (Imperial) is now part of the Imperial Schrade Knife Company. If I remember correctly, if it's marked Imperial, it is now probably made in the Imperial Schrade facility in Listowel, Ireland. I think that Imperial and Schrade were consolidated in the mid 80s, with all U.S. operations in Ellenville, New York. The old Imperial Knife Company was quite large, and famous for inexpensive pressed sheet metal handles, colorful celluloid handles, and brands like Jackmaster, Hammer, and Kingston.

    Bill


     
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