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Geneva Cutlery Co Manufacturer

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Manufacturer: Geneva Cutlery Co. (est. 1900)[1].

Other Names:
Genco, Geneva Cutlery Corp., Geneva Cutlery Inc.

935 Gates Ave. Geneva, N.Y., U.S.A (1902-1935); Bradford PA

Dates in Production:
Geneva Cutlery Company (1902-1935)(GCC), Genco (W.R. Case & Sons) (1936-1965?)(WRC)
Starting as Geneva Cutlery Company. Bought by Ekco in 1934 and split up in 1935. Genco razor brand purchased by WR Case and Sons. Production (and a few employees) moved to their Bradford PA facility by 1935 (approx). Ecko continues to operate the Geneva facility but eventually shuts down and moves equipment to Chicago (their headquarters).

Some models carried over, and some like "Easy Aces" were new to the WRC lines. Believed to have ceased production in 1964 or 65.

Motto: "Makes good or we do"

Production Type:
Straight Razors, Cutlery, Shears


  • Army Navy (GCC) 5/8" and 6/8" "extra full concave" "half or quarter round point" "Recommended for the man with a hard stiff beard"
  • Colonel (GCC)
  • De Roma (GCC) 4/8" 5/8" "extra full concave" "Barber, half or quarter round point"
  • Easy Aces 6/8" (WRC) "full concave"
  • Expert (GCC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "extra full concave" "Barber, half or quarter round point" "Designed especially for those who can handle an extremely flexible blade"
  • Forge Mark (GCC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "extra full concave" "Barber, half or quarter round point" "Forge markings on tang"
  • Fluid Steel (GCC)
  • Gold Seal (GCC) (WRC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "extra full concave" "Barber, half or quarter round point"
  • Gold Seal Jr. (GCC)
  • Grant (GCC) (WRC?) 5/8" and 6/8" "hollow ground/special concave" "half round or quarter honed point"
  • Head Barber 6/8" (GCC)
  • Henry's Triumph (GCC)
  • Henry's X 9/16" (GCC)
  • Henry's XX
  • Henry's XXX (GCC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "3/4 Concave" "half round or quarter honed point"
  • Heavy (GCC) "half concave" 5/8 and 6/8" "half round or quarter honed point"
  • Honor (WRC)
  • Jessop
  • Lincoln (GCC)
  • Master Barber (GCC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "Extra full concave" "half round or quarter honed point"
  • Master Barber Jr. (GCC) "full concave"
  • Master Cutler (GCC) "special concave"
  • Next (WRC)
  • No. 35 5/8" (WRC)
  • Nubak (GCC)
  • Old Dutch (GCC) 9/16", 5/8" and 6/8" "Extra full concave" "Barber, half or quarter round point"
  • "President"
  • Red Cross (GCC)
  • Registered
  • Safeedge (GCC) 5/8" "hollow" "Notch in tang was to fit edge guard"
  • Safedge Model B 11/16" (WRC)
  • Seneca Chief (GCC) 5/8" and 6/8" "full concave" "half round or quarter honed point"
  • Vanadium (GCC)
  • Washinton (GCC)
  • Wedge 5/8" (WRC)
Geneva Cutlery
  • Half Hollow 5/8"
Geneva Cutlery Co.
  • 7 Pyramid 6/8"
Geneva Cutlery Corp.
  • 7N Pyramid 5/8"
Most model info.[2]
B&B Related Threads:
  • Tang Stamps[3]
Notes of Interest:
  • The city of Geneva is home to many manufactures past and present, mostly due to its inclusion in the Erie canal system, which makes shipping products a cinch.
  • Interesting reading; meeting about proposed tariff reduction which the head of Geneva Cutlery attends(pg.1360-1364)[4].
People of Interest:
  • David H. Henry - President[5].
  • Dr. Charles D. Vail - Vice President
  • Horace L. Henry - Secretary and Treasurer, Manager
  • Walter Althoff - Superintendent
Timeline: *Notice: This chronology may not be all encompassing, there may be items/events missing.
  • 1900-Geneva Shear Company founded[6].
  • 1902-Unsuccessful shear company reorganized by William and Walter Althoff to produce straight razors and pocket knives.
  • 1912-Geneva Cutlery Company becomes largest U.S. manufacturer of straight razors, and puts out more razors per day than any other manufacturer in the world.
  • 1928-Company reorganizes to form Geneva Cutlery Inc.
  • 1934-Ecko (Edward Katzinger Co.), purchases Geneva Cutlery Inc[7].
  • 1935-W.R. Case & Sons acquire razor production contingent of Geneva Cutlery Inc., and market these razors under the name Genco. [8]


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