WWI and Incorporation
Having solidified itself in the firearms business with such inventions as the hammerless autoload shotgun, the first successful high-power slide-action repeating rifle and the success of its Rolling Block Rifle, Remington incorporated in Delaware in 1920. The company began production of pocket and hunting knives, cash registers and household utensils to utilize production factories used during World War I.
Using the Best
With much of Europe in ruins, including factories in Germany and England, the Remington Company recognized the talents of out-of-work cutlery makers from Sheffield, England and Solingen, Germany--areas renowned for high-quality cutlery production--and brought them to its new knife factories in America in 1919 through the early 1920's.
The Bullet Knife
With a highly skilled team leading design and production, Remington ended up with a hit in the form of the bullet knife. Named after the bullet-shaped cartridge on the handle, the knife was a best seller for the company. Early bullet knives are highly sought by collectors.
Following Bullet Knife Success
Remington capitalized on the success of the bullet knife, and between 1920 and 1941 Remington released 20 different variations of the popular blade.
The Modern Relaunch
Over the years, Remington experimented with different knife styles. In 1982 Remington relaunched the popular bullet knife line to promote two new rifles, the Model Four and Model Six. Following the old model, the reproductions were alike in every way except the blade metal and handle material. The new bullet knife now uses stainless steel in a DuPont Delrin handle.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.