Wounded Warrior Foundation Auction
The new management team at Queen Cutlery Company has come up with a unique way to introduce a new knife-maker/manufacturer collaboration- they are going to auction this handmade prototype and donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. The prototype is not a typical one-of-a-kind proto but instead a full blown Joe Kious handmade hunter.
The Kious stag handled hunter that is the basis for a forthcoming Queen production version will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the 2013 Blade Show in Atlanta, GA. The total proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Kious has long been regarded as one of the top knife-makers in the world, whose work has been featured in numerous art knife books and knife periodicals. One of his knives is featured in a scene in the 1991 movie, "Exposure", in which a knife seller displaying his selection of combat knives to the star of the film picks up a dagger and says, "Joe Kious, very expensive". The Kious knife will come in a presentation case from Gunboxesusa.com, a division of John P. Scott Woodworking, Inc. Scott produces the presentation boxes for the Medal of Honor winner.
Queen Cutlery Co. sold to Daniels' Family Cutlery in 2012, and the new owners have stated this is the first of a continuing stream of new updated products. Queen also produces the Schatt & Morgan line. The first Schatt & Morgan knives were first made at the same Titusville factory location in 1914, making the Queen factory the oldest continuing knife factory in the United States.
Queen CEO Ken Daniels is a long time knife collector and was active on the knife show circuit for many years before becoming one of the founders of Great Eastern Cutlery. Upon selling his interest in Great Eastern he licensed Tuna Valley Cutlery Co. and produced knives under that trade mark before buying Queen Cutlery in 2012.