Combined locations in Olean, NY and New Kensington, Pa.
First generation Cutco can be marked with the PA location on it such as chests for the Table Knife Sets. I have spoken to many sales reps and managers from the early days.
Starting in 1949, these products are covered by the Famous Forever Guarantees.Vintage can openers are the only products I know of not covered and can be stamped Wear-Ever or Cutco.Resellers like me charge a much higher price for these knives. Table Knives for this generation remain straight edge, but ergonomic handle with 3 rivets and denoted 57.The 3rd generation denoted by the 1000 series ran from 1960 to 1971. For a short run, it was added to the Paring knife, but dropped after too many customers complained.You will be surprised that it will still make an incision as neatly as it did when new!
Any item from 1952 to 1971 will fit into the old Bakelite trays including the forks.A lot of the information here was provided from them. In fact, during the early days of Cutco, sales reps were allowed to sell competition brands with the belief that the Cutco products would outperform them.Men on leave from Navy bases to satisfied owners were among the earliest sales people.Wear-Ever focused upon restaurant applications where as Cutco was intended for home use.During this brief one year production of 1948, Cutco's famous Forever Guarantees do not apply.Second generation, the 20's series ran from 1952 to 1959.