I have been trying to get some information on the New Haven Edge Tool
Company and have not had much luck. All I know for sure is:
1. It is listed as a "former" Sargent Brand in the 1911 Sargent
Catalog, referencing drawknives.
2. No Company by the name of New Haven Edge Tool Co. existed in New
Haven in 1840, 1846, 1860, 1893, 1894, or 1905-1912. This
information comes from the New Haven City Directories and a Yale
professor who has posted all manufacturers in New Haven in 1897
including CEO, products, capital, etc.
So if by 1911, Sargent was calling it a former brand, did they make
chisels and drawknives as New Haven Edge Tool for an extended time
and when would they have started, assuming 1911 was the drop dead
Is the brand listed in any earlier catalogs?
Why would they bother doing this? In 1911 they relabelled NHET Co.
products into the VBM line, so it was not a handyman special or
lesser quality product line.
Someone has previously mentioned that Sargent bought out NHET Co.,
but this is only possible if it was being produced by a differently
named company or NHET Co. was not actually in New Haven, I can't find
any directories for an early enough time period for the surrounding
One other possibility (although I am doubtful): New Haven
Manufacturing Co. was formed in 1850 and made "machine tools". There
is an 1864 Scientific American advertisement off of www.owwm.com that
shows them making "lathes, planers, shapers, slotters, etc.". And
they are in the New Haven directories until 1912 but disappear in
1921 and all following years (there is a gap between 1912 and 1921).
This might be explained by Sargent buying their edge tool production
and them soon folding? The name "New Haven Manufacturing Company"
still exists today but the company under that name does software.
I don't think this is likely, it would be just as easy for them to
put "New Haven Mfg Co" on edge tools, why put something else?
There was also some mention that Jennings actually owned this
company, but as I mentioned, there is no listing for NHET Co. as an
Does the DAT have anything to say on the matter, for those of your
fortunate enough to own a copy?