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May 27, 2015

Case Knives Makes the Cut as an American Icon

When W.R. Case and his three brothers began selling their knives to small villages along an upstate New York wagon trail in 1889, it’s doubtful they realized the indelible mark their cutlery would leave on American history.

Photo credit: wrcase.com

Photo credit: wrcase.com

Innovative design, fine craftsmanship and a dedication to quality brought them success. By 1905, the recently incorporated Case Brothers Cutlery Company had become one of the most respected names in American cutlery. That year, the growing business found a permanent home in Bradford, Pennsylvania, where it remains today.

Case answered the nation’s call for assistance during hard times, producing knives for U.S. servicemen and women during both World Wars. In 1965, the astronauts onboard NASA’s Gemini 3 mission to space each carried a specially designed Case knife.

Unlike many knife manufacturers today, Case knives are produced exclusively in the U.S. Each knife is stamped from domestic steel and hardened with a proprietary heat treatment method. Since the late 19th century, the company has marked each knife with a unique stamp that has made Case one of the world’s most collectable brands. Today, Case regularly manufactures knives under license agreements with a number of American icons.

W.R. Case & Sons, as it is known today, has expanded from the back of a covered wagon into a spaceship orbiting Earth, all while staying true to its roots. For more information, visit wrcase.com.

May 21, 2015

Meet the Maker of America’s Most Iconic Flags

The American flag wasn’t yet 50 years old when Alexander Annin began sewing and supplying them for merchant ships in his New York City sail-making shop in the 1820s. Recognizing an opportunity, Alexander’s sons, Benjamin and Edward Annin, officially founded Annin Flagmakers in 1847. Today, the business is the oldest and largest maker of American flags in the United States.

Annin Flagmakers has supplied the flags for some of the most iconic events in our nation’s history. Union troops carried them during the Civil War. An Annin flag flew at President Lincoln’s inauguration, and another draped his casket on its journey from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. U.S. soldiers raised one at the top of Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Buzz Aldrin planted an Annin flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

Photo credit: annin.com

Photo credit: annin.com

The company has weathered lean times during the Great Depression and Vietnam War era – and rose to meet surges in demand during World War II and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. But they have always remained a proudly American business.

Today, Annin Flagmakers employs more than 500 Americans. It is a founding member of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, promoting the manufacture of U.S. flags in America by Americans with domestically made fabric.

For this, as well as the part you’ve played throughout the story of our nation, we salute you. Get more information at annin.com.