Little has been written about Kinfolks Incorporated and even less has been written about their contribution to the war effort during World War II. Awarded many contracts during the period from 1939 to 1945, Kinfolks produced a significant number of knives in several different patterns which helped our men in the field and in the air with a quality tool when needed. They, along with many other companies, also suffered when men in the company joined the war effort by enlisting even when they were deferred with required jobs at a cutlery as a specialized skill. J. Elliott Case, son of Dean Case, who went on to become President of Kinfolks Inc. was one who joined the Navy and left the cutlery eventually to return when the war was over.
This article appears in the July 2021 issue of KNIFE Magazine. Premium Online Members can read the whole thing by clicking the blue button below.