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Yesterday I was in a Walmart that is one of the locations I am not in very often.  I noticed a sort of end cap rack/display of Ontario Old Hickory knives.  At first I was kind of excited because I have always loved those knives and haven't seen them in a Walmart - or many brick and mortar stores, really - in years.  My initial excitement quickly turned to disgust, however, as I noticed the word 'stainless' printed on the packaging.  What?!  To me the whole point of Old Hickory knives is that they are made of 1095 high carbon steel.  Sure you get a little rust if you don't care for them but these inexpensive kitchen knives have always, to my experience, sharpened and performed better than any stainless kitchen knives at anything near a similar price point.  To see these old favorites defiled by being made of stainless felt sort of like running into an old girlfriend and finding out she had recently had a sex change and now goes by the name 'Bill'.  I just hope it doesn't mean that Ontario is going to stop making real Old Hickory knives in favor of these imposters.

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It kind of looks like they still make the carbon steel knives and the stainless stuff is a different product line outsourced to whomever.

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 First introduced in 1924, the Old Hickory knives are the most venerable product line still in active production. The Old Hickory knives feature a hardwood handle secured with brass compression rivets to high carbon steel blades that are both very sharp and capable of retaining an edge better than most stainless knives. Proudly manufactured with artisan processes for over 90 years, Old Hickory has stood the test of time and is proven to be the best carbon steel kitchen cutlery sold today. 

 

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Ontario Knife Company also features a pair of internationally manufactured cutlery items; the OKC International 10-piece Kitchen Set with butchers block and the very popular watermelon knife. OKC's international cutlery features 420 stainless steel. Globally Sourced Products.

http://ontarioknife.com/cutlery/old-hickoryr.html

 

 

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On 4/5/2018 at 6:43 PM, JAB said:

To see these old favorites defiled by being made of stainless felt sort of like running into an old girlfriend and finding out she had recently had a sex change and now goes by the name 'Bill'. 

Sounds like a bit of touchy history there :biglol:

Even the new carbon ones are not like your grandfather's but are still better than 99% in similar price ranges. 

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42 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:

 

Even the new carbon ones are not like your grandfather's but are still better than 99% in similar price ranges. 

True this!

I have some old Old Hickory kitchen knives I've has since the late 70's and they get razor sharp extremely easily. Minimal effort on my part. I have to make sure we have band-aids in the kitchen for my wife, and warn her, when I sharpen them.

 I picked up a couple of additional Old Hickory's about 8-9 years ago, and while decent knives, they don't hold a candle to my earlier versions.

Jab...I agree, stainless steel Old Hickory's are a blasphemous proposition. But your analogy is a bit troubling... ;)  

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19 minutes ago, prag said:

True this!

I have some old Old Hickory kitchen knives I've has since the late 70's and they get razor sharp extremely easily. Minimal effort on my part. I have to make sure we have band-aids in the kitchen for my wife, and warn her, when I sharpen them.

 I picked up a couple of additional Old Hickory's about 8-9 years ago, and while decent knives, they don't hold a candle to my earlier versions.

Jab...I agree, stainless steel Old Hickory's are a blasphemous proposition. But your analogy is a bit troubling... ;)  

Not as troubling as if it were his old boyfriend Bill, who now goes by Evelyn and he has a date with “her” this Saturday night. 

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Thanks for the reassurances, fellahs.  As for the analogy, I thought it would get the point across and it seems it did but maybe I should have said, "It felt sort of like finding out that Ruger had started making Redhawk and Blackhawk revolvers out of polymer and zamak."

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6 minutes ago, JAB said:

Thanks for the reassurances, fellahs.  As for the analogy, I thought it would get the point across and it seems it did but maybe I should have said, "It felt sort of like finding out that Ruger had started making Redhawk and Blackhawk revolvers out of polymer and zamak."

We would still have found a way to have fun at your expense. Lol it's what we do. :devil:

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