Imperial

Imperial Knife Associated Co. was founded in 1947, as a joint effort between Ulster and Schrade. They were headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

IMPC4A, BSA # 1996. This is the classic BSA #1996 camp knife, with four blades: main , can opener, cap lifter/flat blade combo, and awl. The screwdriver blade was longer than later #1996 models, and is longer than the awl. Black, jigged handles, shield shaped BSA shield on main blade end, permanent shackle on end opposite the main blade. Smooth bolsters. Closed length 3 3/4". Manufactured 1949-1955.

IMPC4A

IMPC4A: The first Imperial Boy Scout knife. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4A

IMPC4A: The flat blade screwdriver is longer than the awl in this version. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)
 
IMPC4A Imperial Boy Scout Knife
IMPC4A: Slight shrinkage of the handle indicate the scales are not bone.

(Knife courtesy of New Mexico Scouting Museum.  Photo by Bob Wick.)

IMPC4B, BSA #1052. Same as IMPC4A, but with white pearl handles, and a change of BSA model number.

IMPC4C, BSA # 1996. Same as IMPC4A, but with a plastic shield. Manufactured 1955-1958. Thomas Linton has noticed a difference of thickness between the C and D versions.  "Just handled both the 4C and your 4D at the same time. Turns out the 4C is 21/32" thick and the 4D is only 35/64" thick. Very noticeable. Not too surprising, that is became the tools in the 4C are much thicker."

IMPC4C

IMPC4C: Plastic shield with clear overlay. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4C

IMPC4C: Another example of the classic BSA #1996. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4D, BSA # 1996. Similar to the IMPC4C, but with plastic shield and short screwdriver, and the D is thinner than the C. The screwdriver is shorter than the awl. Made 1958-1962. Thomas Linton has noticed a difference of thickness between the C and D versions.  "Just handled both the 4C and your 4D at the same time. Turns out the 4C is 21/32" thick and the 4D is only 35/64" thick. Very noticeable. Not too surprising, that is became the tools in the 4C are much thicker."

IMPC4D Imperial Boy scout Knife

IMPC4D

IMPC4E, BSA # 1996. Four blades: main, can opener, cap lifter/flat blade combo, awl. The screwdriver is shorter than the awl. BSA logo (First Class badge) is relief molded into the handle. Brown or reddish-brown handles. The handles on this model aged differently, resulting today in many different shades of handles and logos. Manufactured 1958-1962.

IMPC4E

IMPC4E: These are found in different shades of red and brown. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4E

IMPC4E: Same model as the one above, but with darker shield, handles. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4E

IMPC4E: Personal Scout knife, purchased new in 1961 in Ft. Worth, TX. (Courtesy Johnnie Fain)

IMPC4E BSA Knife

IMPC4E: Another shade of red and brown.

 

(Knife courtesy of New Mexico Scouting Museum.  Photo by Bob Wick.)

 

IMPC4F, BSA # 1996. Four blades: main, can opener, cap lifter/flat blade combo, awl. The screwdriver is shorter than the awl. Brown jigged handles, round shield. Manufactured 1963-1965.

IMPC4G, BSA #1045. Four blade camp knife: main, can opener, cap lifter/flat blade combo, awl. The screwdriver is shorter than the awl. 3 3/4" closed. Smooth, black plastic handles, Lanyard ring on end opposite the shield. BSA logo in white on main blade end. Manufactured 1973-1979.

IMPC4G

Rugged but sturdy version of the IMPC4G (Allen McBroom)

 

IMPC4H, BSA # 1045. Same as IMPC4G, but with white handles. Manufactured 1980-1981.

 

IMPC4H
Clean example of the IMPC4G (Allen McBroom)

 

IMPC4I, BSA #1045. Same as IMPC4G, but with brown handles. Manufactured 1982-1985.

 

IMPC4I
Brown handled IMPC4I (Allen McBroom)

 

IMPC4J, BSA #1045. Same as IMPC4G, but with red handles. Manufactured 1986-2007.

 

IMPC4J

 

IMPC4J: Red, smooth plastic nadles on a camp knife. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC4J

IMPC4J: A nice, clean example of this version of the classic BSA camp knife. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)
 
IMPC4J
Another clean example of the red Imperial known as the IMPC4J (Courtesy Allen McBroom)

 

IMPC5A, BSA #1046. Shorter than usual knife, only 3 1/2" closed. Natural rosewood handles, five blades: main can opener, cap lifter/flat blade combo, awl, Phillips screwdriver. No lanyard ring.The Phillips blade drops into a handle notch on the shield side. Manufactured 1952-1962.

IMPC5A 1

IMPC5A 2

IMPC5A 3

IMPC5A 4

IMPC5A: Rosewood handles and a short, five blade knife.  Totally cool, totally utilitarian. (Courtesy Allen McBroom)

IMPC5Ab

IMPC5A: Very nice example of this rosewood handled knife.

(Knife courtesy of New Mexico Scouting Museum.  Photo by Bob Wick.)

IMPC5A Fish

IMPC5A: Beautiful example with box. (Courtesy of Ron Fish)

 

IMPC5B, BSA #1043. Same as IMPC5A, but with white pearl handles. Manufactured dates NA.

IMPC5B

IMPC5B: White pearl handles make a nifty appearance. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC5B

IMPC5B: The nubby Phillips drops into a handle notch. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

 

IMPC5C, BSA #1046. Five blades: main, can opener, cap lifter/short flat blade combo, awl, short Phillips. Brown stag-appearing jigged handles, round shield on main blade end, 3 3/4" long. No lanyard ring. Manufactured 1963 - NA.

IMPC5C

IMPC5C: Five blade Imperial camp knife. (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

IMPC5C

IMPC5C: The BSA Imperial "jack of all trades". (Courtesy Phil Stevens)

 

IMPC5D, BSA # NA. Same as IMPC5C, but with smooth plastic handles. Manufactured 1962-1963.

IMPN1A, BSA# NA. Stainless steel handles and single blade.  National Council logo on handles. Not found in Holbrook or Kerr guides.

IMPN1A Imperial BSA Knife

IMPN1A: Stainless, single blade National Council knife.

(Knife courtesy of New Mexico Scouting Museum.  Photo by Bob Wick.)

IMPW2A, BSA #1066. Two blade knife, both blades hinged on same end. White handles, 2 7/8" long. Etching on main blade. The tang is stamped "Frontier" which was an Imperial mark. No shield. Manufactured 1982-1985.
IMPW2B, BSA # 1066 Same as IMPW2A, but with blades on same end, and no etching. Manufactured 1981.