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WKW . . . First, the inventors . . . now, the innovators.
Wisconsin Knife Works is the leader in tooling and production ideas as
well as precision manufacturing of woodworking cutting tools. "Engineers
to the Woodworking Industry" is not as much a slogan at WKW as it
is a hard earned tradition.
|On June 25, 1929, WISCONSIN
KNIFE WORKS obtained United States Patent number 1,718,325 for the Lock-Joint
Grooving Head . . . known today as fingerjoint cutterheads. This product
met with great success, particularly in the automobile industry. Both the
automobile bodies, and the steering wheels were made up of short pieces
of wood that had been fingerjointed together. Even now, WISCONSIN KNIFE
WORKS still provides a two-winged cutter for use in authentic automobile
In 1950 the company continued to expand its operation through both internal growth as well as by outside acquisitions. These acquisitions included many well-known names in the knife industry.
In 1965 WISCONSIN KNIFE WORKS built a new manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin.
|On December 28th, 1970,
WISCONSIN KNIFE WORKS became a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Decker.
The acquisition of WKW included its three divisions, Sterling Cutter, Stercal-Oceana
and Anderson Knife.
1971 saw Sterling Cutter and Stercal-Oceana being consolidated into the Beloit operations along with another Black & Decker acquisition, Carbide Router Company.
In 1977, The Anderson Knife Works operations were moved to the Beloit manufacturing facility.
1994 brought new owners for WISCONSIN KNIFE WORKS, Bruce and Alice Swing purchased WKW from Black & Decker on June 30.
1995 WISCONSIN KNIFE WORKS
moved into a new manufacturing/corporate headquarters located in a new industrial
park. From here we service many of the woodcutting tooling requirements
of the secondary woodworking industries with products which include knives,
router-bits, fingerjoint cutters, saw blades, milled-to-pattern bits and
standard and custom cutterheads.