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Queen City knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Ripcord 82, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    What can you tell me about Queen City Cutlery traditional knives? I found a couple with 1095 steel but not sure about pulling the trigger.
  2. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I have just one. A #10 Jack with the 1937-1945 tang stamp and carbon steel blades. It's a great knife. I've got zero complaints.
  3. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Are you looking at an old Queen City from the 1920s to 1940s, or one of the newer productions? I think Queen sold some under that name more recently.
    The old ones are fantastic.
  4. Der Verminator

    Der Verminator Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 23, 2019
    I had some of the older ones and loved them. Didn't use them a lot, but they seemed like high quality knives.

    Lost them all to a trade for some Remingtons.

    So it goes.
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  5. DrPenguin


    Mar 2, 2005
    I'm not sure what series you are looking at, so I'll talk a bit about the other series of Queen City knives.

    These were from (I'm trying to remember) maybe 2005 and 2006? They were in actuality a forerunner of Great Eastern Cutlery. The same guys that started that company put out a few series of traditional knives with 1095 and nicer jig bone handles. I have all of the canoe versions and a couple of the mini-trappers. There was something like 4 handle materials for each run and 25 or so knives of each material. They were typical Queen quality which is to say they are well made but don't be surprised at a little spring gap or handle/bolster ridge kind of thing.

    They put these out not long after their run of red stag D2 knives. Most of us guessed it as 2nd cut stag in a lot of cases. I have 3 of the 4 or 5 knives in the series. After the 1095 series, Daniels and company left Queen and started GEC. Both of these series had later (and lesser for my money) versions put out. They were mostly a much less expensive knife and in much larger runs. They even had a red bone version of the D2 knives that they called red stag later on. I am pretty sure they never went as far as putting the red stag label on the blades though.

    Hope this helps.

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  6. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    I just took a look and the knife is said to be new for 2017 so I am not sure who made it or the quality of it.
  7. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    I was thinking the same thing. I have a Teardrop that has QCCC on the shield that I picked up some years ago. I thought that the runs at that time were one-time runs. More recently I saw Queen City knives being sold again, but I didn't pay much attention to them. I'm going to tag @knifeswapper to see if he can shed some light on the matter.

    edit: I checked a website that still has some Queen City knives in stock and they say they were made by Queen, but the blade material was 1095 instead of the D2 that was used in the Queen line.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
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  8. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    The Queen built Queen City branded knives from around 8-12 years ago were all 1095 carbon. S&Ms were stainless, and Queen branded knives were D2.
  9. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    There were some small trapper and maybe other pattern SFO's back in the early 90's with the Queen City stamp.
    I got burned on one.
    Live and learn.--KV
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  10. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    The one I am looking at is 1095 and was new for 2017 so wondering if this is some sort of knock off of sorts.
  11. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Just before Queen Cutlery closed they were putting out all manner of things....the Tombstone shield (originally a yearly release with different handles) started appearing on everything...they also put out knives with mixed steel . Got a Queen City from 2012 that has carbon Master and stainless Minor...don't mind as such but it was odd.

    QCCC re-appeared in the early years of this century in special boxes, usually a Stag, 2 jigged bone types and an Ebony. The English Jack, a large knife appeared in the series as did the Teardrop of which I'm lucky to have 3. A Greenbone Peach Seed, Red Winterbottom and Ebony. 2 blades (both carbon ;)) and NS liners. The Greenbone I use as it had issues and came from a shoddy dealer-it had blade play and a chip out of the bone but with use and whacking it's fine:thumbsup: The other 2 inhabit their boxes and have superb F&F. Go for these Teardrops or the English Jack they're very worthwhile users/collectibles.

    Thanks, Will

  12. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I had a green bone teardrop just like Will's, serial number 100, which I've since sold. Excellent quality but for one minor detail . . .
    it literally was as dull as a butterknife, no edge bevel whatsoever. By the time I was done with it, it was shaving sharp, so the temper was fine, they just forgot to sharpen it at all. o_O
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  13. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    I bought a Country Cousin off the bay that came the same way. I plan to send it to a pro to get it sharpened eventually. I can maintain an edge, but don't trust myself to create one.
  14. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Thanks for the information. One correction: I believe you're referring to the "Keystone" shield, not tombstone. Pennsylvania is called as the "Keystone State" :)
  15. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    I have several of the latter-day Queen City Classics, English jacks and teardrop jacks. They are all available if anyone needs one. I have always thought they were of very nice quality. Yes, 1095 steel. Don't know how they cut, as I just keep them in their boxes. I only sharpen knives that I intend to use, and I usually don't do it very well, but I guess that I get by.
  16. NMpops


    Aug 9, 2010
    I had a Queen City Large Stockman, great knife, held a good edge. I gave to my son in law to start his collection a few years ago.
  17. biomed

    biomed Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2015
    I purchased a 2009 Queen City Copperhead in Red Wood from CK a couple of years ago. A very good knife for the price (around $36).
  18. mbkr


    May 20, 2018
    I have this Queen City Copperhead. Its later production and has 1095 steel. Its a very well made knife. Good snap. No blade play in any direction. I'd say its as well made as my GEC's. I like it :thumbsup:
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  19. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    :D Of course ! Thanks for the correction, mental fog seems to hang around me longer than ever...:D:eek:

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