Kershaw is an American company based in Oregon. Their designs shown here are not tactical, but more accurately described as “modern”. All their knives are well-constructed, and the opening and locking mechanism works extremely well.
CRKT is the newest, but most innovative folding pocketknives company in the USA. This knife manufacturer and designer was “hatched” in Oregon in 1994. Some unique examples are shown below of their stainless steel knives. They have a world-wide staff of professional designers. That’s what makes their line so special.
Now, they offer laser engraved pocket knives with your corporate logo. All they need is your art file, and they can email you a virtual proof for your approval.
I’m in the knife business, and I examined many knives this year. These are undoubtedly the best pocket knives 2016.
Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620. A beauty of a knife.
Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620
The finest 420hc stainless steel and the design make this one of my favorites. It’s made in the USA by Kershaw in Oregon. The mechanism works very well, including a firm locking in the open position, and a safety latch that keeps it from accidentally opening. The full color camo design is a high resolution image embedded on the scales. The bead-blasted blade has a beautiful satin finish. It comes sharp and stays sharp. The Speedsafe assisted-opening system makes the blade pop open when you need it fast. It’s great as a gift since it comes in a genuine Kershaw gift box. Size: 3 1/2″ closed. It has a removable pocket clip.
Buck® introduced a new camo pocket knife in 2016. The Bantam BLW Muddy Water Camo Lockback 285MW.
Buck Bantam BLW Muddy Water Camo Lockback 285MW
The handle looks different from knife to knife. Made in the USA, this “medium size” pocket knife is a collector item and an EDC (every day carry) for all knife enthusiasts. The size is 4 3/8″ closed. The thermoplastic handle adds to the strength and economy of the weight of this favorite knife.
Kutmaster® is one of the biggest knife makers in the Eastern United States. It’s quality equals that of Buck®, but it’s prices are lower.
A super popular Kutmaster knife is the Compact Rescue Knife 95-1832L. Rescue knives are real popular because you can save someone’s life by breaking a window and removing their seat belt after a car accident. This knife is rugged, and made of quality 420 stainless steel. It features a pocket clip, razor sharp seat belt cutter, liner lock, and a glass breaking point at the end of the handle.
Kershaw Knives started in 1974. They planned to design and manufacture quality pocket knives. Their focus was “every day carry” or EDC knives. Knives that you would actually use, and keep in your pocket for emergencies. Not knives that would stay on a shelf, or in a drawer. They instituted the Limited Lifetime Warranty. Their knives are guaranteed against defects in material and workmanship for the life of the original owner.
Their use of advanced material and superb design has earned awards for Kershaw. Recently they have developed a 2-steel technology which puts 2 kinds of steel into the blade. One for the edge, and one for the spine for strength.
Kershaw is owned by Kai USA Ltd, part of the Kai Group of Japan. Kai has been a quality maker of blades in Japan for over 100 years. They concentrate on research & development, marketing, manufacturing, and distribution. Kershaw’s USA plant is located in Tualatin, Oregon (next to Portland), but it is not open for tours. Some of the knives are made there, and some are made in China and Japan.
Engraved Kershaw Knives are pocket knives with your own corporate logo laser engraved of the blade or handle. They are a great corporate gift idea for Christmas or any time.
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.
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.
Is laser engraving included in the price? Some online knife companies charge you extra, over $6 per knife for that service. Reputable knife engraving companies always quote you the price that includes free laser marking. Some companies do electro etching instead of laser engraving. Electro etching is a good way to apply your logo, but is considered semi-permanent. Why settle for anything less than professional permanent laser imprinting.
Is online ordering easy to do on their website? Do they give you an option to call in your order instead of typing it into the shopping cart? You may prefer to do it one way or another. Some people like to talk to a human being. Some enjoy reacting with their computer, and like to automate their ordering. Easy online ordering is characterized by a neat-looking, attractive, and well-organized website. It is a website that makes it easy to find your product, and to add it to a shopping cart and check out. Most people don’t want to “register” and “enter a password”, and have someone else’s computer “store” their credit card number for future use.
Do they offer “personalized service”? Can you talk to the same person each time you call in, or do you get a different person each time? You would probably like the same friendly person handle all your questions each time you call or email.
The history of Kershaw goes back
to 1907. Then in 1974, they opened for business in Lake Oswego, Oregon and started their no-hassle, lifetime guarantee. Today their product line includes the finest USA-Made and imported knives in the industry. That’s why Kershaw knives is a household name. Every Man Wants a Kershaw.