Fun fact: According to some investigating by Dennis Ellingsen, who wrote an article in the Oregon Knife Club newsletter, an advertising program conducted by a tobacco company let customers collect coupons from inside tobacco cans to redeem one of three new Ulster Old Timer Knives.The dates for these Ulster knives vary, but the 50OT and 58OT Ulster Old Timer were made as early as 1961.However, the Case dating system also adds to the appeal and collectibility because the knives can be easily identified and dated.
One that was comfortable to hold and that would be practical for whittling and carving, and husky enough to stand the rough treatment by the home handyman.' That story is probably some parts reality and some parts legend, but Schrade was not the first to use the name Old Timer on a knife.
The true origin of the Old Timer is unclear with stories and snippets on how the brand came about coming from many sources, including some that are reliable and some that aren't.
One of the stories reported in the Old Timer Almanac says that Uncle Henry Baer, president of the Schrade Cutlery Corp, or his brother Albert Baer, chairman at the Imperial Knife Associated Companies, desired a good old-fashioned knife and the name Old Timer was a natural fit for a new line of knives that harkened back to the days of old.
In this article, we'll talk about the storied history of Old Timers, give you a quick breakdown of some of the most important Old Timers ever made, and offer up a comparison chart.
Even though the Old Timer brand wasn't created until 1958, its roots date back to 1904 when George Schrade formed the Schrade Cutlery Company in Walden.