Here is an interesting new development in the history of the Gearhart Knitting Machine Company. After a 37-year manufacturing run of the Gearhart Knitting Machine, which ceased production in 1925, it looks like we’ve got an brand-new version of the Gearhart Knitting Machine in the works.
I’m very intrigued about this, and very happy that their company is in the USA. Its great to see that parts of the US manufacturing industry is still humming along after all the turmoil of recent years.
That’s a pretty long gap, 85 years, between the 1925 model and the 2010 model, and I am surprized that its hasn’t been attempted previously. If fact, I was considering doing this myself, but of course just about everything has come in at a higher priority since originally considering the idea about 5 years ago.
The Erlbacher Gear and Machine Works looks to be doing a pretty good job so far. They’ve just started work, so be sure to follow their progress if you are interested in this. From emails with Grayson Erlbacher, the estimate is that they are about 60 days away from a complete prototype.
If I had to guess, based on the photos and description from Grayson’s blog at www.gearhartreproductions.blogspot.com, the reproduction will be very nice since they obviously have all the right machinery to manufacture parts with precision.
I still have the Gearhart Knitting Machine Company incorporated, so even though they would not have a company with the same name, there are many, many other options. Personally, I would be honored and happy to see the word “Gearhart” somewhere on the machine. And I think it would be very good marketing-wise as well. After all, the Gearhart Knitting Machine is favorably known amongst the Circular Sock Machine crowd.
I’ll pass on extra details depending on how things go. Meantime, have a look at the cylinder below and be sure to stay tuned-in to their blog.