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Manufacturers Index - Lancaster Machine & Knife Co.
History
Last Modified: Apr 4 2012 8:54AM by Jeff_Joslin
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This firm was established in 1896 by Andrew Cant of Cant Brothers (Galt, Ontario). Their specialty was, and is, knives for woodworking machinery; they reportedly made machinery in their early years.

Information Sources

  • Mentioned in Planers, Matchers and Molders in America, by Chandler Jones, 1982, as active in 1897.
  • An online history of Lancaster, NY, says, "The plant of the Lancaster Machine Knife Works on Court Street burned to the ground on March 12, 1899."
  • A corner brace (i.e., a hand tool) from this company, with a 1905 patent date, has been seen.
  • New York State records show that the name "Lancaster Machine Knife Works, Inc." was registered in 1925. It is now doing business as Lancaster Knives, Inc.