Fred Fisher Biography

  Fred began collecting Queen knives around 1981.  He looked around at the knives on the market and decided he wanted to collect a manufacturer close to home. He began talking with Ray Goldston ,owner of the Cecil Clark Knife Company, and Jean Clark who set up at Washington Court House and were Queen distributors about wanting to collect something close to home and he suggested Queen due to the proximity and quality of their knives.  He also suggested he attend an NKCA show at Erlanger, Ky where I met Bob Siple and Jim Sargent. and by the knowledge afforded to me by those two gentlemen, I was hooked. By going to the NKCA shows, I met Queen reps Lee Carter, Don Shearer, Dick Hillegas, and John O'brien who helped to further my knowledge of Queen knives.  I decided to begin with the age of Stainless Steel which just so happened to co-incide with my birth year (1946).  So, I started looking for anything that Queen made as a production knife from 1946 on.  I wanted all patterns and all tang stamps that was in the Queen catalogs, no contract knives.  I was also interested in any Queen related items and  literature on the company that I could find, catalogs, advertisements, etc and from there the collection grew.  
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