Thinking of giving something special to your male employees for Christmas this year? Here are 4 reasons for giving them engraved Buck knives with your company logo on the blade.
Mostly American made. Most of the Buck knives are American made. They have always made the model 110, Folding Hunter Lockback Knife, in the USA since it was introduced in 1964. Some of their knives, like the popular
Buck Nobleman Linerlock Knife 327, are imported, but made to the strict standards of Buck.
Brand Name. Everyone knows the name “Buck”, and associates it with quality cutlery. Of all the engraved pocket knives, the name “Buck” is the most recognizable.
Appreciated. A Buck knife gift is appreciated by all your male employees.
Advertising. The special gift will display your logo. It will also last a very long time, and promote your company to everyone who sees the knife in the future.
We went on our yearly tour of the Leatherman plant in Portland Oregon this year. It’s amazing how fast this company is growing. They had to increase the production area. To do this, they had to move the shipping department to another building 3 miles away. That new location is rented, and it houses the warehouse of the tools, the shipping area, customer service, and the custom laser engraving area.
Back to the main building, the small Leatherman museum is in the front office
and open to the public. Here are a few pictures of the prototypes that Tim Leatherman made in his garage during the birth of his brilliant idea.
You know, necessity is the mother of invention. The Leatherman idea started when Tim and his wife toured Europe in the 1970’s, using a used car he bought there. It kept breaking down, and Tim would fix it himself. He really needed some pliers, but didn’t have any. It would have been nice if he had something like a Leatherman tool. Many months later, Tim perfected some prototypes
in his garage, and started a very successful company. Too bad Gerber Knives turned down his proposal to produce his tools. Too bad for Gerber, but not for Tim.
Here are 2 stories of how a Leatherman tool came to the rescue.
The best knife show in Ohio 2015 had the best pocket knives this year. The Ohio Classic Knife Show was put on by Battle Horse Knives. It was held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Hwy, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. The best pocket knife that I saw was one of the Buck knives. Buck has always been one of my favorites, because of the durability and its reputation.
Here are some highlights of the show. Among the 90 tables were unique displays from “aroundthecabin.com/campfire“. These guys put on an entertaining live program 6 nights a week.
The “Best Display” award went to “Hair of the Bear” owner Moon Munjas from Marietta OH. Moon makes custom knives, sometimes 5 or 6 at a time. His display was colorful and attractive.
Yurco Handcrafted Knives owner Mickey Yurco, is from Canfield Ohio.
He makes custom designs, specializing in self defense knives. He is a member of The Knifemakers’ Guild. Mickey is accompanied by his wife in the picture.
Mickey’s buddy, Tim Roddy, from neighboring Youngstown, Ohio also had a nice display of
custom knives that he made from the finest stainless steel. He specializes in quality fixed blade knives.
Michael J. Balaskovitz, the director of the 2016 knife show, has “Woodlab Outdoors, LLC”, Premium Materials & Servicing. He sells various knife handle materials.
The award winner for “Best Value” in the show was Greg Gottschalk of Carnegie PA. Greg does a beautiful job making hand crafted knives, and is a member of The Knifemakers’ Guild and ABS Mastersmith. Of course, all the custom-made knives at the show are made in the USA.
Valerie Hibbard, of Plain And Practical LLC (Scales & Grip Blanks & More) had a huge display of various hardwoods that she sells to knife makers. She is from Hilliard Ohio, and travels around looking for unique specimens of hardwood which she can bring into her store.
Wayne G. Hensley, and his business, Custom MadeCutlery, had an interesting table. Wayne’s motto is: Materials by God, Crafted by Hensley. Wayne is a member of The Knifemakers’ Guild, Professional Knifemakers Association, and Georgia Custom Knifemakers’ Guild. He is also the vice president of The Knifemakers’ Guild. His picture is missing here.
My nephew, Tim Pike (a camo knife connoisseur) and I had a great day looking at some of the country’s best pocket knives.
Your customers will love a gift of a Gerber Knife. Here are 3 ways it will “strike” them……
The famous brand of “Gerber”. This fine company has a history going way back to 1939 with a mini order of handmade knife sets that were only given as Christmas gifts. Then thousands of retail stores started selling them all over the United States. Then in just 21 years, 1960, this knife company became very trusted as a manufacturer of “collectible legends”. Today, the Gerber name is well known in the knife world, even being sold in our nation’s Walmart stores. For business gifts, engraved Gerber knives with your company logo are available on the internet.
The variety of knives and multi-tools. Gerber not only makes folding pocket knives. They make multi-tools, in the fashion of Leatherman Tools. Key chain multi-tools are the newest addition to their line, with the Gerber Shard Key Chain Tool.
The economical price of Gerber knives. Their knives are reasonably-priced, in the 20 to 30 dollar range. This is due to their global sourcing of raw materials and finished materials. Some assembly is being done in the Gerber Portland Oregon plant.
Do you need some gift ideas for Christmas? You have male employees or customers who already have everything? There’s always room for engraved Kershaw knives in your employee’s or client’s pocket or drawer. I’ve never seen a man turn down a gift knife, even if he has a collection of them. Kershaw knives are USA-made, and some are imported. But even the imported ones are done to the specifications and strict guidelines of KAI-USA Kershaw Knives.
Some new models are the Scallion Camo Knife 1620.
A new color in the Scallion line is the “Olive”, which replaces the green handle color.
Kershaw Scallion 1620 Olive Color Handle
A favorite knife is the Kershaw “Leek” 1660 CKT in black handle and blade.
More models, like the Shuffle, Ember, and Select Fire are available now, and will be added to the website soon.
They design and manufacture most of their knives in the USA. Their website says “Dedicated to innovation and the highest quality”. The history of Kershaw knives goes back to 1907. Then in 1974, they opened for business in Lake Oswego, Oregon and started their no-hassle, lifetime guarantee. When we visited their offices in 2013, We were impressed with all the high quality knives on display.
All the engraved Kershaw knives on our website are USA-made, because we think that is Kershaw’s strongest selling point.
Features that we like:
Speedsafe: This is the name of their assisted open knives. With one hand, you can easily open these knives. This made quick and easy by the Flipper on the back of the blade tang.
Frame Lock: The frame is made in a way that locks the blade in the open position. There is no chance of the knife folding up on you when you least expect it.
Customized: The Kershaw folding pocket knives can be laser engraved with your corporate logo.
You must have a favorite pocket knife. Tell me about it. Is it one of these? See if you agree with me that these are the 5 best pocket knives in the world.
Boker Magnum King Barlow. Boker is a big name in quality knives. They design and produce them around the world, using the best stainless steel. This barlow is a lockback formulated to please the hard core barlow lovers. Its prize features are a real damascus blade and burl wood scales (handles). This knife is the crowning glory of the long history of barlow knives, which originated in the 1600’s.
When someone asks for a Buck knife, this is the one they mean, even though Buck makes a lot of styles of cutting instruments. The 110 was first made in 1964, and just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Case Trapper Knife. Case makes all of its knives in the USA. This Natural Bone Trapper 91445 is the best selling Case knife by a long shot. Hand made, fine stainless steel, pure bone handle, and a lifetime warranty make it a winner.
They make this one in the United States out of the best material. It is a precision piece comprised of assisted opening, closed safety lock, and of course, the popular camouflage design.
Kutmaster Compact Rescue Knife. Popular because of its stylish look, and its usefulness. Black blades command a mysterious look, along with the black handle. The tanto style blade adds to its attractiveness.