November 26, 2014
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West Warwick Resident Publishes New Book
By JustMe

Knives can be dangerous weapons. They can also be works of art, collectables, tools and a way for a family to make a prosperous living. The story of knives is a lesson in history. This is the real story of growing up in a world full of knives. "My Family Business, Colonial Knife" was written by a man who grew up in that world. That man is Robert Anthony Paolantonio.

When Colonial Knife Company closed the doors in 1998 the last great American knife manufacturing company faded into history. Knives produced by the former Providence RI business are still sought after by collectors.

And now, one of the grandson and nephews of the company’s original founders, Robert A. Paolantonio, has written a book entitled “My Family Business, Colonial Knife Company”.

This insider's look tells the story of three immigrant brothers making a dream a reality, the struggle to succeed and growing up amongst the knives. The book pays tribute to the colorful characters that contributed to the success and failure of this American business. The story also addresses how and a failure to modernize can lead to the fall of an American Company. It is simply written as the author takes you on a tour, room by room, of the factory. In detail, the author describes each piece of machinery and the processes used by Colonial Knife to manufacture its’ products. There are many pages containing full color pictures of some of Colonial Knife Company’s creations and memorabilia.

Mr. Paolantonio also shares more of the history of this former American icon via a popular blog myfamilybusinessbook.wordpress.com. The book also has a growing audience at a fan page on Face Book.

Mr. Paolantonio may be reached via email at myfamilybusinessbook@gmail.com


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