Sunday, June 12

History of Silver Knitting Machines

The Development of Silver Knitting Machines

Aug 1984: Model MJ-3 the first portable model in this field, was put on the market and gave motivation towards portable models in the industry.

Aug 1956: Moving needle type model SK-5 "Chidori" was put onto the market and joined general popularity. It contributed much to solidifying the company's step into this field

Feb 1957: The company name of Silver Knitting Machine was changed to Silver Knitting Machine Sales Co Ltd and its office moved to Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

Dec 1966: Silver Kaikan Building, the centre of the Silver Knitting Institute was completed

Sep 1967: Put on the market cybernetic "punch card" knitting machines. They constituted a revolution in the knitting field

Jun 1968: Punch card knitting machines were awarded a Good Design mark. It was awarded for four consecutive years, a first in this field.

Sep 1969: "Knit radar" was put on the market which made it unnecessary to calculate the division of the stitches

Mar 1970: "Knit radar" was awarded the Invention Recommendation Prize at the Tokyo Invention Exhibition

Jul 1970: Succeeded in developing "punch lace knitting" which completely modified the conventional lace knitting

Aug 1971: The latest punchcard knitting machine "Kantan" was put on the market

Sep 1971: The "Kantan" knitter was award the Blue Ribbon Grand Prix in England, and at the same time was authorised to be permanently displayed in the Science and History Museum in London

Jun 1973: Put on the market the punch card model "Kantan UP" incorporating the Knit radar as a definite part of the punch card machine

Oct 1973: Put on the market the latest rib knitter, the "pile rib knitter"

Nov 1973: Put on the market an epoch-making electric knitting stand the "Family Auto-Knitter".

Feb 1974: Pile rib knitter and Auto Knitter were awarded the Invention Recommendation Prize at the Tokyo Invention Exhibition

For specific models, see here

Taken from Mary Weaver's Japanese for Machine Knitters

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