Louis, Missouri in The name was adopted as a trademark by Simmons Hardware Company in and was used on their highest quality tools and cutlery. Shapleigh Hardware Company was known for their premium brand Diamond Edge. After Shapleigh acquired the Keen Kutter trademark it was modified by replacing the "E.
Simmons" in the top of the logo with Shapleigh's Fig. Shapleigh continued to use the trademark on products until they went out of business in After several years the Keen Kutter trademark was sold to Val-Test Distributors of Chicago, Illinoisa wholesale hardware buyers group. Val-Test allows smaller wholesale hardware companies to order goods.
The orders are combined with orders from other hardware companies allowing for quantity discounts from manufactures. After Val-Test acquired the trademark they removed the "Shapleigh's" leaving the top of the logo blank Fig.
Val-Test discontinued the Keen Kutter line of goods during the s. Also during the s limited use of the Keen Kutter trademark was authorized for a line of pocket knives distributed by Frost Cutlery Co. Items bearing the Keen Kutter trademark are considered collectible.
There were numerous items produced which have cross collectibility. Pocket knives, hand tools, railway locks, and advertising items from Keen Kutter are of interest to many collectors. Jerry and Elaine Heuring, authors of Collector's Guide To Keen Kutterhave documented current values and general information in their books. The Hardware Companies Kollector's Klub founded in is another great source of information for Keen Kutter collectors.
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