Kearney & Foot

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I had bought an old file from "Fairly Honest Mike", my favorite secondhand and junk store last week. The file has Kearney & Foot KF, Made in the USA stamped on the tang. I did a search on the internet to see if I could find any information on the brand with no luck. Anyone ever heard of them? I'd like to get an age on the file and possibly what steel was used. Thanks!
 

Jason Fry

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I saw a K & F file in a pawn shop the other day, but I didn't know anything about it either, so I passed.
 
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William T. Nicholson founded this company after inventing a file cutting machine, but in actuality was its agent Vice President. A series of buyouts followed, including the New American File Co. in 1890, the Great Western File Co. circa 1893 and the McClellan File Co. circa 1898. After 1900, numerous other companies were acquired, including M. Buckley & Co.; Eagle File Co.; Kearny & Foot; Arcade File Co.; J. Barton Smith Co.; Globe File Mfg. Co.; Mechanic's Star File Mfg. Co.; Toronto File Works; and G&H Barnett Co. Some of the company brand names persisted after the buyouts. Nicholson acquired file patents on 22 September 1864, 10 January 1865, 11 September 1866, 12 June 1877, 12 February 1878 and 4 June 1878. 18 February 1876 was patent-marked by the company ( later declared invalid) and 1 January 1878. In 1972, the company was bought out by Cooper Industries, though the brand name persists. (DATM)

Ray, I also have one by Kearney & Foot. Looks like they are in this list of co's purchased by Nicholson. I went through my drawer of old files when you asked and hadn't payed any attention to it until now. I also have one made by Keen Kutter (big file). I might make a knife out of it and leave the name and logo on.

Ramsey
 
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Ramsey, Thanks for the information! I was pretty sure it was an old file. I'm still not sure what steel it is.
 
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