Welcome to The
Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub (THCKK)
mission of THCKK is to educate our members and the general public about
the about the history and functions of the great hardware companies,
including Simmons Hardware, Shapleigh Hardware, Belknap Hardware, Witte
Hardware, Winchester-Simmons Hardware, and others. We want to improve the
ability of our members to add to their collections by meeting on a
yearly basis and sharing both their knowledge and their collections.
is a not-for-profit organization formed in March of 1996. It serves to
distribute information and provide an interactive forum about hardware
companies such as E.C. Simmons, A.F. Shapleigh, and The Winchester
Store (and the popular collectibles bearing their logos and house
brands) and other historically interesting hardware companies.
members are interested in tools, various types of advertising, catalogs
and ephemera, promotional and other related hardware, household and
sporting goods that were sold by these hardware companies. Probably the
most familiar of these logos and company slogans are Keen Kutter "
The Recollection of Quality Remains Long After The Price is
Forgotten.", Diamond Edge , "Diamond Edge is The Quality
Pledge" and The Winchester Store "... As Good as the
Gun". Other tool and hardware company house brands such as Polly
Prim, Oak Leaf, Crusader, "Our Very Best" ( Hibbard, Spencer,
Bartlett & Company), Revonoc, Cruso; Blue Grass (Belknap Hardware)
"The Nation's Standard of Quality" & "Tools of
Honor", Pine Knot, John Primble, Thoroughbred; Stanley Rule and
Level Co, Four Square, etc. will also be included as interest dictates.
Witte- IXL Square Brand; Wyeth, Lee, BBB (Bingham's Best Brand), Van
Camp, Sargent-Very Best Made, etc. are also of interest to many
THCKK has over 200 members representing 38 states. Dues are $20.00 per
year and includes 3 newsletters. " The Winchester * Keen Kutter *
Diamond Edge Chronicles" is the offical publication of THCKK and
features articles, historical items, tidbits, updates on fakes and
fantasy items, and questions about any items related to this field. An
annual Klub Meet (as a part of the annual auction by Simmons Auction
Service) is held in Richmond, Missouri. Usually the 3rd or 4th weekend
in March (Depending on Easter and Indy Advertising Show). This Meet is
open general public. A minimal set-up fee for tail-gating is charged
$20 per member and you have to be a THCKK member to set up. Really Great
TAIL-GATING & SWAP MEET, all day Thursday, both inside the building
and in the parking lot and inside Friday before auction and Saturday in
the parking lot. PUBLIC
INVITED!! ($20 tail-gating fee good for all 3 days, must be member set
up. Can join at Meet. Annual Klub Membership only $20). Plan to
join us for Supper & Socializing Friday night. There is a charge
for the meal. Sign-Up during tailgating or during auction on Friday.
welcome all persons interested in becoming members of THCKK.
is committed to establishing avenues for communication for its members
and providing as much information to collectors of Keen Kutter, Diamond
Edge, Winchester, Simmons and Shapleigh Hardware items as possible.
We have many
members with interests in smaller and lesser known hardware companies.
If you do not see the Brand you are looking for, there is probably
someone else in THCKK who shares your interest. If you would like to
write a description and/or history of your hardware company of interest
please contact The Chronicles
Editor or Webmaster.
THCKK now has
a presence of Facebook.