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H.K. Porter, Incorporated

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Introduction

H.K. Porter was founded in 1880 by Henry K. Porter and operated as a maker of bolt cutters and wire cutters.


Company History

H.K. Porter, Incorporated was founded in 1880 as a maker of bolt cutters and wire cutters. The founder was Henry K. Porter, an inventor with numerous patents for bolt clippers and related tools.

The company initially operated in Boston and became well known for their line of "Easy", "New Easy" and "O.K." compound-leverage bolt cutters.

[1893 Ad for H.K. Porter Easy Bolt Clipper]
Fig. 321A. 1893 Ad for H.K. Porter "Easy" Bolt Clipper. [External Link]

By 1890 H.K. Porter was offering the "Easy" bolt clippers.

Fig. 321A shows an ad for the H.K. Porter "Easy" bolt clippers, as published on page 100 of the July 20, 1893 issue of The Iron Age.

A close look at the handle of the clippers shows patent dates of April 6, 1880, January 18, 1881, and August 9, 1881.

[1894 Notice for H.K. Porter Easy Bolt Clipper]
Fig. 321B. 1894 Notice for H.K. Porter "Easy" Bolt Clipper. [External Link]

Fig. 321B shows a notice for the H.K. Porter "Easy" bolt clippers, as published on page 32 of the October 10, 1894 issue of Hardware.

The text claims that over 29,000 bolt clippers had been sold prior to the start of 1894.


The Move to Everett

By 1902 the company had moved to nearby Everett, Massachusetts, with an office and factory at 6 Ashland Street.

An announcement in the May, 1902 issue of The Blacksmith and Wheelwright gave the running sales tally as 77,000 clippers sold.

The Porter-Ferguson Auto Body Division

By 1940 H.K. Porter had established a Porter-Ferguson division after acquiring the Ferguson Auto Body and Fender operations from Trimont Manufacturing of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The Move to Somerville

By 1948 H.K. Porter had moved to nearby Somerville, Massachusetts.

Later Operations


Patents

H.K. Porter, Inc.: Issued and Licensed Patents
Patent No.InventorFiledIssuedNotes and Examples
584,191 H.K. Porter02/10/189706/08/1897 Bolt Clipper
909,663 H.K. Porter08/01/190801/12/1909 Bolt Clipper

Trademarks

H.K. Porter, Inc.: Registered Trademarks
Text Mark or Logo Reg. No. First Use Date Filed Date Issued Notes
"NEW EASY." 153,825 11/01/1893  03/28/1922 Block text.
For bolt clippers.
PORTER'S 246,233 01/01/188105/11/1928 09/04/1928 Text "PORTER'S" in stylized font.
For clippers and rod cutters.
Serial 266,269. Published June 19, 1928.
HKP [stylized] 270,480 11/01/1917  05/06/1930 Text "HKP" in stylized font.
For two-hand cutting tools.
FORESTER 310,125 08/18/1933  02/13/1934 Block text.
For brush cutting, pruning, and trimming tools.
HKP [stylized] 349,385 11/01/1917  08/24/1937 Text "HKP" in stylized font.
For two-hand and single-hand cutting-off tools.

References and Resources

Photographs and observations of particular tools are based on items in the Alloy Artifacts Collection.

Catalog Resources

H.K. Porter, Incorporated: Catalog Resources
Catalog Year Notes
    Catalog No. 303C (1939):
Catalog No. 303C 1939 Copyright 1939 H.K. Porter, Inc. 40 pages.
Available for Download [External Link] from ITCL.
    Catalog No. 530A (1950):
Catalog No. 530A 1950 No copyright, dated 5-50 on back cover. 24 pages.
Company address in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Notes Porter-Ferguson division for auto body and fender tools.
Available for Download [External Link] from ITCL.
    Catalog No. 779 (1958):
Catalog No. 779 1958 No copyright, dated 11-58 on back cover. 12 pages.
Available for Download [External Link] from ITCL.

Industrial Distributors

H.K. Porter tools were available from some industrial distributors. We'll add references as time permits.

Selected Tools


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