The Knife and Gun Shop - 50th Anniversary at Knott's
In 1961, Bob McCoy Sr. opened up The Old Knife Shop at Knot's Berry Farm.
There were no contracts back in the 60s and merely a handshake with Russell Knott sealed the deal for more than 20 years until Knott's began using contracts with its Lessees.
Bob Sr. would handcraft knives made from power hacksaw blades in the Old Knife Shop.
"Steel made to cut steel" he used to say to guests who frequently purchased the aluminum handled knives.
Bob Sr. made these knives for around 10 years until his doctor advised him to quit because of the damage to his lungs caused by the grinding dust from the steel and aluminum.
In the 1970s, the shop then started selling more factory-made production knives.
The original grinder that was used to make Bob Sr's knives is still in use today at The Knife and Gun Shop.
In 1971, Bob Sr. acquired the Overland Gun Shop which had an archery range in the back.
About this time, Bob Sr's wife, Vivian, became involved with the business and she eventually ran the Gun Shop while Bob Sr. ran the Knife Shop.
Their four children, Debbie, Bob Jr, Bill and Sherri would help out at the Archery Range in the summer.
The kids would run and pull arrows from the hay bales and sell arrows to shoot.
The cost at the archery range was 6 shots for 25 cents or 15 shots for 50 cents.
In the mid 1970s, Bob Sr. opened yet another shop, the Coin Shop, with the help of Steve Knott.
The shop was located in the Bank next to the Knife Shop, but it was only open for two years.
In 1989, Bob Sr. and Vivian decided it was time to take some time off after almost 30 years of running both shops.
Although McCoy kids all worked at the park at one point or another and had spent much of their lives at Knott's Berry Farm, it was Bob, Jr. who decided to come back full-time to help run the business for his parents.
The Old Knife Shop and the Overland Gun Shop have seen many changes over the years, but one of the biggest changes was in 1999 when both shops were combined into one, The Knife and Gun Shop, and moved to its present location in Ghost Town.
In April of 2005, when Bob Sr. passed away, his memorial service was attended by many of his Knott's Berry Farm friends, including Steve Knott.
Bob Jr., who has worked at Knott's Berry Farm for over 35 years, continues to run the shop his Father opened so many years ago.
Bob Jr. still finds his Father's old knives being sold at antique shops and knife shows throughout California that are proudly stamped with the Ghost Town logo.
Even today, guests come into the shop looking to buy the old steel knives his father used to make, telling Bob Jr. that they were the best knives they had ever owned.