Great Eastern Cutlery

Great Eastern Cutlery Knives

Great Eastern Cutlery is filling a niche in the renaissance of the fine pocket knife market by producing premium pocket knives without a premium price. Founded in Titusville Pennsylvania in 2006, Great Eastern Cutlery has quickly gained a reputation for producing the finest classic cutlery in the U.S.A. Their hands-on manufacturing approach requires over 200 individual processes and is reminiscent of the way pocket knives were produced 75-85 years ago. Their classic styled knives are made using cattle bone, exotic hardwoods, stag antler and synthetic materials for the handle scales and high-carbon steel and stainless steel for the blades.

Bill Howard, Great Eastern Cutlery's owner, was previously the chief knife designer for a knife company and has decades of experience in knife making. He has a great eye for designs and is a stickler for quality which the resulting products demonstrate.

If you are looking for a premium quality collector and/or user pocketknife, choose one from the Tidioute Cutlery, Northfield Un-X-LD, Farm and Field or Great Eastern Cutlery lines... all produced by Great Eastern Cutlery.


Tidioute is a small town located along the Allegheny River, not far from Titusville, PA. Many do not know the significant knife history of this town from the 1890’s to the 1930’s. During this time, five cutlery manufacturers made knives that are sought after today by collectors who covet the high quality and rare Tidioute brand knives. Ninety years later, Great Eastern Cutlery has brought back the Tidioute name with the Tidioute Cutlery branded classic pocket knives.

Like the original Tidioute Cutlery Co., the Great Eastern Cutlery Tidioute line feature blades made with high quality American made 1095 carbon steel. The scales are made from a variety of materials which include North American cattle bone and ebony wood.

The Tidioute Cutlery brand knives are classically styled and of superb craftsmanship and quality. They are nice enough to collect but are designed with performance and function in mind rather than aesthetics. They have deliberately been made for those who need a tough and durable pocket knife to carry and use on a daily basis. We feel they are the best buy of any traditional pocket knife made in the USA.


The original Northfield Knife Company was based in CT from 1858 to 1926. Their UN-X-LD brand pocket knives were known for their quality and are desirable collectibles. In 2006, Great Eastern Cutlery revived this legacy and began making Northfield Un-X-LD pocket knives.

Only the finest of Great Eastern Cutlery's knives receive the UN-X-LD branding. These classic, yet new, Northfield knives feature all the detailed tooling and finishing you would expect to see on a finely crafted early 1900’s era pocket knife. All Northfield blades and springs are made solely with 1095 carbon steel. The blades also feature forged straight nail pulls, cut swaging, and are finished to a mirror polish.

Handle scales for these finely crafted knives are made in house at the GEC Bone Works and include exotic materials such as Indian Stag Antler, Snake Wood, North American Cattle Bone, and Cocobolo Wood. These new Northfield knives compare with the originals in craftsmanship, materials, and rarity. Because of this, these knives have become the most sought after and collected factory made knives today.


Great Eastern Cutlery takes pride in making classically designed and traditionally inspired pocket knives. In order to more closely recreate traditional pocket knives, 1095 carbon steel is used on all Tidioute Cutlery and Northfield UN-X-LD knives. 1095 steel has many great qualities including excellent edge retention, the ability to take a keen edge and take a very high polish.

While many knife owners enjoy the labor of love in taking care of carbon steel, there is a demand for a high quality stainless steel alternative. The Great Eastern Cutlery knives are made with 440c stainless steel blades while still being designed and built with the same craftsmanship and quality as the other brands. 440c is a very traditional blade steel with a proven track record and certainly meets Great Eastern Cutlery's highest quality standards.


Great Eastern Cutlery strives to create the highest quality pocket knife by using old school hands on processes and the Farm and Field Tool line of work knives are no exception.

Farm and Field Tool knives are designed primarily for those who want a tough, durable and affordable pocket knife. These knives offer full steel construction and feature rugged delrin, acrylic and micarta handles. They are made with 1095 carbon steel blades and springs as well as reinforced pins for the most demanding of cutting tasks.

Farm and Field Tool knives combine afford-ability with the quality of a 100% American Made knife. So whether you are on the farm or in the field, your pocket is a great place for a Farm and Field Tool pocket knife.