Girl Scout Knife - Foldable
Girl Scouting has offered official knives from the earliest days. There are two basic styles;
Fixed Blade (one single blade that doesn't move and uses a sheath to cover it)
Foldable Blade (one, two or four blades that fold into the handle)
also known as Pocket Knives and Pen Knives.
Although the manufacture of these knives is not identified in
this 1919 catalog listing the
has been identified as the earliest maker of official Girl Scout knives with the Girl Scout emblem.
The first official Girl Scout knife was seen in the 1925 Girl Scout catalog. The maker isn't identified. Actually, they're selling 2 different knives here; maybe a 4 blade and a 2 blade? Who knows?
Early GS emblem Later GS emblem
1935 Girl Scout Catalog
In 1940 the 11-316 knife was dropped for the new 11-308 Craft Knife. No GS emblem on the body. By 1942 this knife was also dropped. Maker unknown
1943 Catalog Page
Description says the trefoil is on the blade
1943 saw all the familiar knives being dropped with 4 all new knives, 3 are shown here:
another knife that did not have a GS mark (not shown here)
11-311 makes a return!
11-311 has a different look in 1946
1947 only offered 2 knives, both new;
11-310 - very familiar!
11-312 - also very familiar
These 3 knives were the only knives offered through the 1950's until 1973 - a remarkably stable run.
The inventory numbers changed in 1966.
This 1998 GS catalog image (left) appears to show that the Swiss Army knife was also offered in green. The inventory number as changed slightly from 1512 to 15121.