Green River Knife

Description (Brief)
John Russell began manufacturing tools and cutlery in 1834 and established a new factory on the Green River in Massachusetts in 1836. His knives rivaled the quality of those manufactured in Sheffield, England, and as settlers moved West in the 1840s Russell's Green River knives moved with them. Green River knives were ubiquitous in the early American West, and the phrase "up to Green River" entered the American lexicon meaning something well constructed or very well done.
Object Name
date made
John Russell Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
horn (overall material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, brass (overall material)
metal, nickel silver (overall material)
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Greenfield
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
American Enterprise
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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