Just what is ‘Daka-ware’ anyway?
‘Daka-ware’ was a trade name used by Davies Molding back in the 1960s for a line of moulded phenolic knobs, handles, and ashtrays. That’s right, ashtrays. Like ‘Bakelite’, another phenolic material which found use in electrical fixtures and fittings, Daka-ware can withstand much higher temperatures than ABS or PVC plastics. Today Davies still use machine tools that have the Daka-ware name on them, for example knobs for Effectrode effects pedals are manufactured using Daka-ware moulds. Davies even have a few hundred of the original Daka-ware ashtrays in stock! The photo shows The Harry Davies Company (now Davies Molding) with Bakelite, along with other brands of plastic molding material, advertised outside its doors.