Knife Manufacturer Specific Resources & Research
AAPK has information & resources for many of the most popular knife brands organized into sub-sections. Below is an alphabetic list of links to most sub-sections along with a short write up about each brand. We try to add information regularly.
Benchmade Knife Company
The Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. is a relatively new organization. It was founded in 1988 in California as a manufacturer of Bali-Song (butterfly knives). The business was moved to Oregon in 1990 where the company’s dedication to quality and customer service enabled it to grow rapidly and expand its product line. In the early 1990’s the Designer series was introduced, which laid the groundwork for what Benchmade has become today. Much of the company’s success comes from the design methods adopted to create this series. Contemporary designs and unmatched innovation has been the norm at Benchmade by bringing together the knowledge of many of the world’s top custom knife makers with its state of the art facilities and manufacturing expertise. In addition to the design processes, Bemchmade continues to make knives better with the use of non-traditional materials and modern manufacturing methods. The people at Benchmade are truly setting the standard for quality and innovation.
Camillus Cutlery Company
The Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the United States with roots dating back to 1876. The company manufactured Camillus branded knives and was a prolific contractor for other knife brands up until its last days in 2007 when the company filed for bankruptcy.
Case Classic Brand Pocket Knives
There were 37 knife patterns manufactured in the early to mid 1990s that make up the Case Classic line of knives. They are the product of Jim Parker’s realization of a dream to replicate classic knives of many years past.
Canal Street Cutlery
Former Schrade President Walley Gardner and principal Joe Hufnagel joined with nine master cutlers to form a group of US craftsmen with over 300 years of combined knife making experience. The company they created is located in upstate New York where a long and rich tradition of quality knife making dates back to the 19th century.
Cattaraugus Cutlery Company
The Cattaraugus Company was started by John Champlin and his son Tint in 1882. It was first incorporated under the name J.B.F. Champlin and Son as a wholesale distribution company based in Little Valley, New York. The business proved to be a successful endeavor, and it soon branched into a knife production company named Cattaraugus.
Colonel Coon Cutlery Company
Colonel Coon Knives were made by Adrain A. Harris, Mr. Harris started making fixed blade knives as a hobby in the 60’s, in 1976 he became the only authorized field repairman in the U.S. for Schrade, a few months later he became the only authorized repairman for Kissing Crane and J.A. Henckels in the United States, in 1978 he founded Tennessee Knife Works Inc. in his home town of Columbia, Tenn. and began making Colonel Coon Knives the old style a true bench made or handmade pocket knife. In 1988 he sold his manufacturing processes to W.R Case & Sons and retired.
Great Eastern Cutlery Company
GEC specializes in highly collectable and premium quality usable pocket knives. The company’s USA manufactured knives have quickly proven to be a big hit with both collectors and users who seek quality American craftsmanship.
Queen Cutlery Company
The Queen Cutlery Company has been manufacturing knives in Titusville Pennsylvania for over 100 years. The company opened its factory in 1902 and continues to produce knives in the same way now as they did in their earliest years.
Remington CorporationThe Remington Corporation and the knives that they built have influenced the U.S. cutlery industry more than nearly any other manufacturer. From the time America was settled, to the end of WWI, American knife companies struggled to compete with Britain and German imports, but events that occurred during and after the First World War led to a great change in this phenomenon. Unprecedented opportunities arose, and Remington stepped up to seize the moment. In the process, they created some of today’s most prized collectables. In an ironic twist, the next World War played the greatest role in ending the company’s domination of the industry.
Schrade Cutlery company
Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
The W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has a very rich history that began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning their knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. The company has produced countless treasures and it continues to do so as one of the most collected brands in the world.
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