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    Username Post: Winterbottom        (Topic#791926)
    Master Member KnifeNut!
    03-27-07 11:54.16 - Post#1191397    

    What is winterbottom,and why is it called winterbottom?
    Thanks Much


    Master Member KnifeNut!
    03-27-07 12:09.20 - Post#1191408    

        In response to hey

    Short answer, Mr.Samual Winterbottom set up a bone jigging company in Egg Harbor New Jersey 1889. The style is named after him just as Rogers bone is named after Rogers. The WB jigging is similar in effect as if someone pulled a 3 or 4 tanged rake through sand, long slightly curved jigging lines that run the length of the bone handle. I'm sure someone will post an example for you. Have fun.
    Master Member KnifeNut!
    03-27-07 13:24.29 - Post#1191476    

        In response to DavidKrauss

    Thankyou much for the info.

    Master Member KnifeNut!
    03-29-07 15:02.35 - Post#1193173    

        In response to hey

    You are welcome. The world of cutlery is always fascinating for me as there is always something new to learn. Glad to share the little bits I know. Have Fun.

    Master Member KnifeNut!
    03-31-07 09:31.03 - Post#1194484    

        In response to DavidKrauss

    This is winterbottom jigging on this Delrin scaled Queen #49.

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    Edited by Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe on 03-31-07 09:31.35. Reason for edit: No reason given.
    Master Member KnifeNut!
    04-01-07 01:30.37 - Post#1194874    

        In response to Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe

    Thanks Bear Claw. Pretty clear example of the style.
    Master Member KnifeNut!
    04-01-07 10:17.23 - Post#1195146    

        In response to DavidKrauss

    I gotta admit, that Forest Edge Winterbottom Jigged Delrin has grown on me since I got it!
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    Journeyman KnifeNut!
    04-01-07 11:29.46 - Post#1195205    

        In response to Bear_Claw_Chris_Lappe

    Here is a little bit more information on Winterbottom bone I had stashed back in the files. Hopefully its not too repetative or boring.


    One of the distinctive features of many Queens is their "Winterbottom Bone" handles -- called by Queen, "genuine Frontier bonestag." Winterbottom bone was made in Egg Harbor,
    New Jersey, at the eastern edge of the Pine Barrens.

    "A thumbnail history would start somewhere about 1885 when Samuel
    Winterbottom left Sheffield for Philadelphia, leaving his wife and
    three children behind. Sam's first job was peddling window glass in
    the streets and glazing windows. One of his fellow peddlers
    [supposedly] was Henry Disston, who was selling saws from a
    wheelbarrow. In later years they joined forces and made special
    circular saws for cutting bone. Some time before 1890, Samuel
    Winterbottom moved to Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, and sent for his
    "In 1890 he set up his first shop ... Winterbottom Carter. S.W. was
    the craftsman, Carter the desk man (book keeping). As time passed,
    Samuel's four sons entered the business: Harry, Jack, Ernest, and Fred
    (born in the U.S.).
    "When the U.S. entered World War I [April 1917], the factory began
    making handles for knives and bayonets. Carter, being of Quaker
    belief, would have nothing to do with war materials and left the
    company. Up to this time, most of the work was done by hand. Orders
    were so heavy the brothers designed and hand built machines that kept
    125 men working six days a week. After the war, the brothers
    continued to make handles from bone, wood, celluloid, and other
    materials for almost everyone in the cutlery industry. ... Some of
    our customers I can remember were Schatt & Morgan (before 1920),
    Queen, Imperial, Camillus, Cattaraugus, and Ka-Bar. There were 10 or
    12 more, but I can't think of them right now.

    "The first [bone] stag of the [Winterbottom] type came to life
    during this period. It was all done by hand, and I had many blisters
    to prove it. Fred decided we had to have a machine to do this job.
    As you know, every piece of real deer-horn stag is different. To make
    a machine that would make different patterns was quite a chore.
    "Finally it was made, and we thought we had the industry sewed up.
    But some fellow smarter than we were bought up some knives [with our
    handles], pulled off the handles, made molds, and cast [copies of] our
    handles in plastic. This, combined with U.S. Department of
    Agriculture restrictions on foreign bone, and with a Brazilian embargo
    on rosewood, made things so expensive, that [our operation] could no
    longer survive. In 1968 I sold the business to one of our customers,
    who makes wood and plastic handles for their own use."
    A biography of Samuel Winterbottom in the 1924 volume, South Jersey
    -- A History, provides a little more accurate information on the early
    history of the Winterbottom family and firm.
    "John Winterbottom, Mr. Winterbottom's father, was born and died in
    Sheffield, England, and was a bone-cutter by occupation, his trade
    linking his name with the world famous cutlery manufacturers of that
    city. The family had followed similar lines of activity in England
    for 130 years. ...
    "Samuel Winterbottom was born in 1857 ... and early in life became
    employed as a bone-cutter and manufacturer of handles of all kinds for
    knives, in association with his father."
    According to this book, Samuel worked in the paper industry in
    Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Egg Harbor until 1891, when he set up
    in the handle and novelty business. He started with one employee. A
    year later he had four, and moved to a larger building.
    By 1924 Samuel Winterbottom had 100 people on his company's
    payroll. Amber and tortoiseshell handles were a specialty. His
    eldest son, Harry, born in Sheffield in 1880, was then the firm's
    business manager. His second son, John, born in 1885, was factory
    superintendent. His third son, Ernest, born in 1886, and his
    youngest, Frederick, born in New Jersey in 1898, were both factory
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    Master Member KnifeNut!
    04-01-07 12:39.35 - Post#1195271    

        In response to sunburst

    Thanks SUNBURST
    Ask and yea shall receive!

    Journeyman KnifeNut!
    04-01-07 20:09.12 - Post#1195502    

        In response to sunburst

    Thanks for the excellent history. Wouldn't it be neat to see what that "Winterbottom Machine" looked like?
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