Who owns whom

Who Owns Who -- Prepared by Tobias Gibson, © 2012, 2014 Blindkat Publishers


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The information below started as a project to determine who makes all those American sounding brand names knives and where they were actually made. I started doing this as an effort not to buy junk knives. It began after hearing numerous brand name knives being sold both online and on television. Initially I wanted to find out what knives being sold Cutlery Corner Network television program were actually Jim Frost trademarks.

The main show competing with Cutlery Corner at the time was the now defunct Smoky Mountain Knife Work's, KnivesLive TV and Tactical Knives TV. As SMKW also produces numerous house brands, I decided to investigate the brands listed at the SMKW web site as well.

The list has grown beyond my original intention and now includes brand names from a variety of sources and online dealerships. The current list provides information on around 200 different knife brands. Still this is not an all inclusive list of every brand name out there.

For the most part the list is not historical in nature. It lists current brands and where the brand is currently being made. While this is not an all inclusive list, it does cover many major production brands that knife collectors will come across. People who collected high-end handmade custom knives will be left wanting, however. Remember, the original intent was to discover who was making all those American sounding brand names and where they were made.

Where possible, trademark/ownership is listed along with place of manufacturing and any relevant notes to help describe the brands. If you see the word global in a description it means either company is located in more than one country or its production occurs in more than one country and is location of production is unknown.

If you would like me to add a knife maker email me at tobias[dot]gibson[at]gmail[dot]com. Please provide any information you have. If you are looking for information on a company not already listed, again email me. I can only promise to do my best. Once verified, I will add the knife maker to the list. If you spot an error, please notify me so I can correct it.


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Brand   5.11 Tactical Owner/TM   5.11 Inc
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Taiwan
Product notes:  5.11 is a US based company producing tactical and out-door extreme weather clothing and equipment. Their knives are outsourced to Blade Tech with production occurring Taiwan. So older or knock off knives may have been made in China.

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Aitor

Owner/TM   Aitor
Country / Place of Manufacture:   Spain
Product notes:  Founded in 1939, Aitor is a Spanish company that specializes in manufacturing knives for consumer and military markets, particularly the Spanish police, army, and security forces. They are well known for their high-quality survival knives.

Brand   Al Mar Knives Owner/TM   Fadden/Mar Co.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Japan (Seki City)
Product notes:   Al Mar is an American based company (Tualatin, Oregon) producing tactical designs in Japan. Al Mar Knives has collaborated with a number of knife makers, martial artists, and military tacticians including Rex Applegate, Nick Rowe, Bob Taylor, Bill Harsey, Jr., and ABS Mastersmith Kirk Rexroat. They are known for their sleek lock-backs

Brand   American Buffalo Knife & Tool Owner/TM   American Buffalo Knife & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Located in Sweetwater Tennessee ABKT owns the Cattleman's Cutlery USMC, Roper, Game Raider Cutlery lines. Most products are modestly priced and globally produced knives. All ABKT knives come with a life time warranty.

Brand   American Hunter Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Global
Product notes:   Higher end products are made in the USA, lower priced material are made in SMKW overseas factories in China and Pakistan.

Brand   Andujar Owner/TM   Several.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Assumed, Spain.
Product notes:   Andujar, Spain was an old steel center, similar to Sheffield, England or Solingen, Germany. Numerous companies, stamp Spanish style knives with the word Andujar. It is is uncertain if the knife is actually made there. No solid information is available at this time

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Antonini Knives

Owner/TM   A.E. Coltellerie
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Spain.
Product notes:  Agriculture, nautical and rescue knives.

Brand   Apache Cutlery Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  One of the many Jim Frost brands of traditional pattern knives.

Brand   Aquila Knives Owner/TM   Aquila Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Indonesia
Product notes:  High quality fixed blade word knives used in Java.

Brand   Arrowhead Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Arrowhead is a line of Rough Rider knives that were a design collaboration between Brian Yellowhorse and Brian Wilhoite.

Brand   Atlanta Cutlery Owner/TM   Atlanta Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Distributor and antiquities dealer. (Global and USA)
Product notes:  Antlanta Cutlery is the North American Distributor for Windlass Steelcrafts as well as other companies. They also import knife making material and deal in antique cutlery and firearms.

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Brand   Barracuda Owner/TM   Test Rite Products Corp.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Economy brand often sold on Cutlery Corner Network.

Brand   Bear & Son Owner/TM   Bear & Son
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Jacksonville, Alabama)
Product notes:   The Company (Bear MGC) formed in 1991. It was bought by Swiss Army Brands, Inc, in 1999 and then bought back by a former owner Ken Griffey. Since 2004 it has been a family owned and operated company. Bear MGC remains a common tang stamp of Bear & Son. With the closing of Camillus, Bear & Son has increased its outsourcing production of other Brand   names, notably Remington, USA.

Brand   Bear n Bull Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:   From what I understand Bear n Bull is an old German TM with products made in Solingen. After bankruptcy, the TM was bought by Frost, and assembly was moved to Pakistan and or China with final inspection occuring in Germany

Brand   Bear Grylls Owner/TM   Gerber
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:   Not an actual brand name but a line of survival knives/gear with the knives being global produced and marketed through Gerber with the endorsement and approval of survivalist/TV personality Bear Grylls. Blades are normally Gerber's 420 HC stainless steel.

Brand   Beaver Creek  Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  One of the many Jim Frost brands of traditional pattern folding knives.

Brand   Benchmade Owner/TM   Benchmade
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Most Bench made knives are made in the USA, however some models are produced in Japan and Taiwan. Red Label Benchmade knives were made in China (PRC).

Brand   Benchmark Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Benchmark is a line of tactical style knives produced by SMKW. These are economy knives that should not be confused with Benchmade.

Brand   Bertram Cutlery (C. Bertram) Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global - Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  An Old German TM it was bought by Frost and began prodcuing globally.

Brand   Bill Dance Owner/TM   Bill Dance
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Unknown
Product notes:  Bill Dance Outdoors is a fishing television series hosted by retired professional tournament angler Bill Dance. He has put his name on a line of knives. As I've only seen the knives sold on Cutlery Corner Network, his products may be a rebranded line of Frost knives. Products tend to be traditional pattern folders and hunters.

Brand   BLACKHAWK! BLADES Owner/TM   Blackhawk Ind. Prod. Grp. Unl. LLC
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Blackhawk! produces folding and fixed blade tactical and military fighting knives

Brand   Blackhills Steel Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:China (PRC)
Product notes:  One of the many Jim Frost brands of traditional pattern knives.

Brand   Blackjack (USA) Owner/TM   Knifeware Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Blackjack knives has a storied past. The current Trademark owner is Knifeware Inc. Before that it was owned by SMKW(Blue Ridge) who bought it from Knifeware Inc. USA made Blackjacks are made by Ken Warner and his team at Knifeware. Even when the TM was owned by SMKW, Warner was making the USA produced knives. The are made in limited numbers and are sought by collectors.

Brand   Blackjack, International Owner/TM   Knifeware Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China, Pakistan
Product notes:  Blackjack International knives are most likely contracted through SMKW global factories. The quality will be similar to other globally produced SMKW brands such as Marbles, Colt, and BW Custom. . Price and value will be signifigantly less than Blackjack knives made in the USA.

Brand   Blademaster Owner/TM   TM: Imperial Knife Association Co. (Taylor)
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China
Product notes:  The TM is part of Schrade. When Schrade folded, all of the Imperial Schrade brand names became the property of Taylor. That included Imperial, Hammer Brand, Schrade, Uncle Henry, and others. All those brands are now being manufactured in China. Many of the old TMs are not not in current use, but Taylor continues to hold the TM.

Brand   Blue Grass Cutlery* Owner/TM   Unknown
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global
Product notes:   Blue Grass cutlery seems to be the chief distributor of Winchester's global line of knives, chiefly produced in China (PRC).

Brand   Boker Owner/TM   Boker
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany, Argentina, some globals.
Product notes:  Boker has a long and storied history. They also produced items in the United States during the middle part of the 20th Century. Global production is primarily focused on their Magnum line of knives.

Brand   (The) Bone Collector USA Owner/TM   U.S. Cutlery Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:Pakistan
Product notes: The Bone Collector or Bone Collector USA is a brand of knives often sold on Cutlery Corner Network and should not be confused with the more expensive USA made Bone Collector line of knives made by Benchmade. If the blade, tang or sheath has a man standing over dead deer it is a Bone Collector USA and not a Benchmade Product. The box says it is made by U.S. Cutlery Inc.

Brand   Boone Knife Owner/TM   Rite Edge?
Country, Place of Manufacture:Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Boone knives are produced under license for surviving member of the Daniel Boone family. The knives are either made by Rite Edge or SMKW . Possibilities include SMKW being licensed to produce the knife and have subcontracted with Rite Edge or SMKW recently acquired the manufacturing rights from Rite Edge. Another possibility is that SMKW has recently acquired the Rite Edge line of knives.

Brand   Boone & Crocket Owner/TM   Buck Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:USA
Product notes: Boone & Crocket is a product line of knives produiced by Buck Knives.

Brand   Brian Yellowhorse Owner/TM   Brian Yellowhorse
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA*
Product notes:  Brian Yellowhorse produces customized knives made from USA production knives. Among the brands he is known to use are Buck, Case, and Queen. Other USA production knives have probably also been used. Brian Yellowhorse also collaborated with SMKW to produce the line of Arrowhead knives in the Rough Rider brand.

Brand   Brusletto  Owner/TM   Brusletto 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Norway
Product notes:  The Brusletto factory at Geilo has been manufacturing knives for everyday use and special occasions for the last 100 years. Currently, Brusletto manufactures high quality knives designed for a wide range of hunting, fishing and recreational purposes.

Brand   Browning  Owner/TM   Fabrioque Nationale
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global/USA
Product notes:  All Browning knives are out-source to other makers. Most lower priced models are made in China. Many older models were USA made. Knives are also made Taiwan, Spain, Italy and Argentina.

Brand   Buck Owner/TM   Buck Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Post Falls, Idaho), PRC, Taiwan,
Product notes:  Most Buck knives are currently made in the USA. A small portion are still made in the PRC. Buck has announced plans to move overseas production to Taiwan, Indonesia and Japan.

Brand   BuckCreek Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture: Germany, China (PRC)
Product notes:  BuckCreek was an old German Brand, the TM was bought by Frost. Currently most production is still in Germany, however a few items have been made in China.

Brand   Buffalo Creek Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture: China (PRC)
Product notes:   Another Frost brand. Some earlier models were made in Germany but current production is China

Brand    Bulldog Brand Owner/TM   Parker
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Japan*
Product notes:   Parker produced a lot of knives in Japan. I'm unsure if the Bulldog brand was produced elsewhere.

Brand   BW Custom Owner/TM   Brian Wilhoite
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan
Product notes:  Brian Wilhoite is the house Designer for SMKW. He produces his own house brand of affordable custom knives which are produced in the SMKW Pakistan factory. He has also does design work for other SMKW house brands such as Colt and Rough Rider.

Brand   Byrd Owner/TM   Spyderco
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Byrd is the economy line of Spyderco knives. The knives are made in China (PRC). Some production is taking place Taiwan.

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Brand   C.A.S. Iberia Owner/TM   C.A.S. Iberia
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Spain, Philippines, India
Product notes:  Chiefly make swords, and larger fixed blades such as Kukris.

Brand   Camco (post 2007)  Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  The Camco brand was acquired by United when Camillus went into receivership. (To add to the confusion , the Camillus brand is owned by Acme United) At the time several Camco knives were being made in PRC under contract with the now bankrupt company.. The knives became property of United and were later sold. Most of the knives were in the "Work Horse" series.

Brand   Camillus (post 2009)  Owner/TM   Acme United
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Taiwan, China (PRC), USA.

Product notes:   Camillus was one of many American companies which folded at the beginning of the 21st century. The company name was bought by Acme United, however any association with the old company ends there. Current product lines include" Camillus (fixed and folding), Tiger-sharp, Western, and Yelo-Jaket. Survivalist Les Stroud is associated with a new lines of Camillus knives (Les Stroud Signature Series).

As with many USA knife makers who went out of business at the beginning of the 21st century, much of their old stock was bought by other companies. This stock was in varying degrees of completion. As such, final assembly of knives bearing Camillus, USA tang stamp have been completed by other companies with varying degrees of quality. In some cases the assembly was completed in in China or other countries. Reputable dealers will be up front about this. Be wary of knives being sold as "new old stock" especially if the original packaging is not present. They also do collaborative work with Tops.


Brand   Canal Street Cutlery Owner/TM   Canal Street
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Traditional pattern fixed blades and folders. Out-source for production

Brand   Cannon Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  a lesser quality SMKW house brand.

Brand   Case (W. R. Case & Sons) Owner/TM   Zippo
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Bradford Pennsylvania
Product notes:  Primarily traditional pattern fixed blades and folders, probably the most collected brand name among American made knives

Brand   Case Licensed* Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  W.R. Case & Sons knives produced for Frost Cutlery with final assembly of the scales being done by Frost. Recent production has Corelon handles being supplied and attached by Michael Prater.

Brand   Cat Eye   Owner/TM   Cat Eye
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes: Not to be confused with German Eye. Knives are produced in the same Factory as those that are made by Rough Riders/SMKW. It might have been an SMKW house Brand

Brand   Catalina Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global - China (PRC
Product notes: The Catalina Brand is associated with copies of the Camillus Marlin Spike Knife and a few other pocket knives. The Trademark was not renewed and it assumed that Catalina knives are no longer being made.

Brand   Catamount Knives Owner/TM   Catamount Knife Compnay
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Pitsfield NH)
Product notes: Priimarily modern bushcraft/survival fixed blades made of 1095 Steel. Similar in quality to other 1095 USA made knives. Priced similar to TOPs knives.

Brand   Cattleman's Cutlery Owner/TM   American Buffalo Knife & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Modestly piced traditional pattern folders and fixed blade plus some multi-tools. Their literature states their knives are for using, not collecting.

Brand   Chef Deluxe Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global
Product notes:   Kitchen cutlery produced most likely in China (PRC)

Brand   Cherokee Cutlery Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  

Brand   Chief Owner/TM   RTZ Distribution, LLC -Kodak, TN,
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   Knives are produced in the same Factory as those that are made by Rough Riders/SMKW. It might have been an SMKW house Brand

Brand   Chipaway Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:   A slightly better quality of Frost fixed blades (compared to Frost brand)

Brand   Chris Reeves Knives Owner/TM   Reeve Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:   Custom maker

Brand   Citadel Owner/TM   Citadel
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Cambodia
Product notes:  Mostly fixed blade primitives and hunters.

Brand   Coast Owner/TM   Coast
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Primarily inexpensive tactical style knives 400 Series Stainless, Some Titanium coated.

Brand   Cognet Owner/TM   Cognet
Country, Place of Manufacture:   France
Product notes:   French knife company known as the original maker of the Douk-Douk. They primarily make single bladed folding knives with the Douk-Douk remaining their flagship knife.

Brand   Cold Steel Owner/TM   Cold Steel
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Taiwan, India, South Africa, China (PRC)
Product notes:   Cold Steel produces a variety of military, survival and tactical knives in numerous locations. Price point is not always going to be a good indication of where the knife was made The brand is known for top notch quality control.

Brand   Colonel Coon Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Knife production is out-source to Queen

Brand   Colonial Owner/TM   CCI
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC), USA
Product notes:  Most products are made in China. The Ranger and Mark 1 USN are made in Providence Rhode Island

Brand   Colt  Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan, China (PRC), USA
Product notes:  Most fixed blades are made in Pakistan Most folders are made in China. Some special editions are out-source to USA companies. Case/Colt comemoratives are made by W.R. Case & Sons

Brand   Columbia River Knife & Tools Owner/TM   CRKT
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC), Taiwan, USA
Product notes:  Lower priced models are made in China. Higher priced are mostly Taiwan. Very few if any USA production.

Brand   Combat Ready Owner/TM   Bud-K
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:   Low quality combat replicas made of 420 SS.

Brand   Combat Ready Knives Owner/TM   SMKW
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:   Not to be confusted with the Combat Ready line offered by Bud-K. The SMKW knives are made with AUS8 stainless and offer a life time warranty through the store. It is an economy line of tactical/survival knives. Most fixed blades feature 550 paracord wrapped handles and a nylon sheath ; folders normally have G-10 handles and no sheath.

Brand   Conaz Owner/TM   Conaz Consigli
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Italy
Product notes:  Makers of high-end Tradtional European pattern folding knives. The company was formed by the partnership of Luigi and Enrico Consigli (brothers) and Marcello Azzini.

Brand   Condor Tool & Knife Owner/TM   Condor Tool & Knife
Country, Place of Manufacture:  El Salvador
Product notes:  Modern style fixed blade hunting and combat knives, machetes, axes. Condor produces globale machetes and knives for some USA companies, such as Ontario and possibly Marbles and other SMKW house brands.

Brand   Crater and Expanse Owner/TM   Leatherman Tools
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Portland, Oregon)
Product notes:  Crater and Expanse if a line of knives made by Leatherman as opposed to their line of multi-tools

Brand   Cripple Creek  Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  SMKW is the current holder of the Cripple Creek TM. The production of the knives is out-source to Queen Cutlery.

Brand   Crowing Rooster Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany/China
Product notes:   This is an old German Brand that was recently resurrected by Frost. Traditional pattern folders made in China using "German Steel" Similar to Ocoee River and other Frost Brands.
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Brand   Daniels Family Knives Owner/TM   Daniels Family Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Daniels Family Knives is a family business making knives in the USA. There lines include Tuna Valley, Daniels' Work Horse, Mama Bear Knives and others. The acquired the Queen Cutlery brand from Ontario in late 2012.

Brand   David  Yellowhorse Owner/TM   David Yellowhorse
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  David Yellowhorse produces customized knives made from USA production knives. Among the brands he is known to use are Buck, Case, and Queen. Other USA production knives have probably also been used.

Brand   Deer Valley Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Hunting knives

Brand   DMT Owner/TM   DMT
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:   Knife Sharpeners

Brand   Double Warrior Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global, primarily China
Product notes:  Another house brand of Jim Frost. Similar in quality to his Steel Warrior line.

Brand   Down Under Knives Owner/TM   Down Under Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Australia
Product notes:  Bowie style fixed blades.

Brand   Duck USA  Owner/TM   Rex Distributors, Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   Marketed through Cutlery Corner.has no affiliation with Ducks Unlimited.

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Brand   E.C. Simmons Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global, PRC
Product notes:  Originally an American Hardware Company. They owned the Keen Cutter Trademark. Simmons was taken over by Shapleigh Hardware who bought the Keen Kutter TM. Shapleigh also owned Diamond Edge. Today Frost owns the TM for E. C. Simmons. These globally produced knives should not be confused with the collectable knive originally carring the Simmons TM made between 1870 and 1939.

Brand   Eickhorn Owner/TM   Eickhorn
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes:  Nautical and military knives, primarily fixed blades

Brand   E K A Knives Owner/TM   E K A
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Sweden
Product notes:  EKA knives feature 12C27 Sandvik steel, mostly hunting fixed blades and pocket knives.

Brand   Elk Ridge Owner/TM   Master  Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Elk Ridge is a line of hunting and traditional folders made by Master Cutlery.

Brand   Emerson Owner/TM   Emerson
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (California)
Product notes:  Primarily large frame high-end tactical folders, since 1979

Brand   Entrek USA Owner/TM   Ray W. Ennis
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Primarily modern fixed blade tacticals

Brand   ESEE Owner/TM   Jeff Randall
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  ESEE is currently owned by Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall. They are USA made. For some time Jeff Randall had knives made by Ontario. (the RAT series) Esee knives are manufactured by Rowen Mfg.

Brand   Extrema Ratio Knives Owner/TM   Extrema Ratio
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Italy
Product notes:  Italian made modern military fixed blades.

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Brand   F. HERDER Owner/TM   F. Herder & Sohn
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes:  F. Herder is a defunct German knife company. much of its remaining stock was bought by other companies and dealers and is often sold for knife making. Some sellers have used of F. Herder stock to make new knives bearing an F. Herder tang stamp. Some sellers are up front about the origins of the post bankruptcy knives while others try to pass off the knives as actual F. Herder products.

Brand   Falcon Owner/TM   Sam Sung - Chino,  CA.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Italy (Maniago)
Product notes:  known for classic lock-back stilettos.

Brand   Fight'n Rooster knives:  Owner/TM   Frank Buster
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany
Product notes:   Started in 1977 by Frank Buster of Lebanon Tennessee, the knives were made at the Olbertz Factory in Germany. They produced traditional pattern knives and were known for the use of celluloid and other classic handle materials.

Brand   Fiskars Owner/TM   Fiskars
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Finland, ( Helsinki) , Global
Product notes:  Fiskars is a truly global company an products are made everywhere. They also own Silva Compasses and Buster Boats. Fiskars primarily makes scissors and gardening implements but they own Gerber

Brand   Fontenille-Pataud Owner/TM   Fontenille-Pataud
Country, Place of Manufacture:   France
Product notes:  Makers of high end Laguiole style picnic knives.

Brand   Forge de Laguiole Owner/TM   Forge de Laguiole
Country, Place of Manufacture:  France
Product notes:  Forge de Laguiole is primarily known as one of the very finest producers of Laguiole style knives. These fine knives are all individual handcrafted. They also make other styles of high-end folding knives.

Brand   Forschner Owner/TM   Victorinox
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Switzerland (Ibach)
Product notes:  Primarily kitchen cutlery. Victorinox has recently decided to market Forschner under the Victorinox brand instead of Forschner.

Brand   Fox Owner/TM   Fox
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Italy
Product notes:  Known for modern military, tactical and survival knives, also combat axes and karmbits. They also make just abut anything that cuts including a small line of hunting knives. Chief distributor in North America is RUKO. Fox is also produces knives for some USA companies, such as Ontario and ESEE.

Brand   Fox-n-Hound Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:  Mostly moderately priced fixed blades (some traditional folders). Many with damascus steel (pattern welded) blades, often with stag handles.

Brand   Frost Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Most Frost brand knives are made in Pakistan or China (PRC). Older models were made in Japan. Parker was at one time partnered with Jim Frost (Parker/Frost). Frost currently owns several trademarks and seems to come up with new trademarks all the time.

Brand   Frost Family Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:China (PRC)
Product notes:   Frost Family knives a re better quality than the generic Frost brand. They are often touted as having German Steel. The knives are not made in Germany but the steel used for production is exported from Germany to Pakistan or China for finishing and assembly. This is typical of any Frost knife said to be made with German Steel.

Brand   Fury Owner/TM   Joy Enterprises
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:  Inexpensive traditional and tactical knives as well as fixed blade survival and hunting knives.

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Brand   Game Raider Owner/TM   American Buffalo Knife & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:   Modestly priced tacticals, assisted openers, fixed blades, and gun care supplies.

Brand   Genuine British Army Owner/TM   Lewis Int'l
Country, Place of Manufacture:   England, Sheffield
Product notes:  Not really a brand but a line of knives made by Lewis International. The knives made under license for the British Government for the British Army and also sold to civilian market.

Brand   George Ibberson Owner/TM   Fgginton group
Country, Place of Manufacture:   England, Sheffield
Product notes:  Not to be confused with Sheffield knives, Ibberson is a old knife company located in the city of Sheffield, at one time the center of knife production in England.

Brand   Gerber Owner/TM   Fiskars
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, China (PRC), Taiwan, Japan
Product notes:  Gerber was put on the map with its Mark 2 Fighting knife. They now market Bear Grylls line of survival knives which have been received with mixed reviews.

Brand   German Bull Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   German Bull
Product notes:  There is dispute on where German Bull knives are made. They are either made with German Steel provided to Frost's global factory with final inspection and assembly taking place in Germany or they are hand made in Germany.

Brand   German Eye Owner/TM   German Eye
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany (Solingen)
Product notes:  Primarily traditional pattern folders. German Eye is often called Eye Brand

Brand   Gil Hibben Knives Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC), Taiwan
Product notes:  There is a confusing partnership between Hibben and United. Currently Hibben knives are marketed by United and Gil Hibben also produces his own knives. He makes fantasy, movie, combat, throwing blades

Brand   Gränsfors Bruks Owner/TM   Gränsfors Bruks AB
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Sweden
Product notes:  They make high quality axes and hand tools

Brand   Great Eastern Owner/TM   Great Eastern Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Titusville, Pennsylvania.)
Product notes:   Great Eastern produces Great Eastern, Northfield UN-X-LD, and Tidioute Cutlery. They also provide outsourcing other non-house brands.

Brand   Grey Eagle Traders Owner/TM   Grey Eagle Traders
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global Distriibutor
Product notes:   Grey Eagle Traders is not a knife company but an global wholesaler of knives. The are the cheif distributor of M-Tech as well as numerous unbranded knives as well as novelty/fantasy knives and historical replicas from China or Pakistan arrive in the USA through Grey Eagle Traders. The quality of the products varies.

Brand   Grohmann Owner/TM   Grohmann Knives Ltd.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Canada (Nova Scotia)
Product notes:   Grohmann is known as the maker of the original Canadian Belt Knife and D.H. Russel knives.

Brand   Gutmann Cutlery (G. C. & Co) Owner/TM   Gutmann Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes:   American cutlery importer from 1947 until 1997. Most of their knives were made in Solingen, Germany with some from Italy and Japan. Its brands are now owned by a small importer in Washington state. In 1957, Kurt Gutmann of Gutmann Cutlery became the U.S. distributor and exclusive US agent for Puma. The Gutmann tang stamp is G. C. & Co. Solingen.

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Brand   HallMark Owner/TM   HallMark
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes: HallMark is the current owner of Kissing Crane. They also produce tactical and traditional pattern folders.

Brand   Harley-Davidson Owner/TM   H-D Michigan
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes: Most  H-D knives are out-source for production to Benchmade. Some less expensive models may be produced globally.

Brand   Hartkopf Owner/TM   Hartkopf
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes: A Solingen, Germany knife maker known for hand made traditional folders.

Brand   Helle Owner/TM   Helle
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Norway
Product notes: Helle makes traditional hunting knives.

Brand   Hen & Rooster  Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany, Spain
Product notes:  Hen & Rooster were acquired by Jim Frost. German production is out-source to the Boker Factory. Some production is also out-source to a knife maker in Toledo, Spain. Frost also makes a line of Global Hen & Rooster knives but that line is marketed as Hen & Rooster International. It is rumored that some production of German made knives is outsourced to Asia with final assembly, inspection, and packaging taking place in Germany.

Brand   Hen & Rooster Int'l Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  The international line seems limited to kitchen cutlery.

Brand   Hogue Owner/TM   Hogue Machine & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Paso Robles, California)
Product notes:  The international line seems limited to kitchen cutlery.

Brand   Hubertus Owner/TM   Hubertus
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes:  High quality traditional pattern fixed blades and folders including traditional German hunter's swords

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Brand   Indian Head Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  One of many smaller knife brands acquired by SMKW when the the knife industry collapsed in America. Production is out sourced to their factories in China (PRC). The brand is currently inactive.

Brand   Iron Horse Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Mostly traditional pattern folders

Brand   IXL Owner/TM   IXL Brand knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   England (Sheffield)
Product notes:  Mostly traditional pattern fixed blades and folders.

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Brand   J. A. Henkels Owner/TM   J. A. Henkels
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany
Product notes:  Best known in the United States for kitchen cutlery, they are also may high quality traditional folding knives.

Brand   JKR Owner/TM   Cuchelleria Joker
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  JKR. knives are the economy lineof Joker of Spain. They are subcontracted to one or more Asian companies. The quality to price ratio is considered outstanding.

Brand   Joe Pardue Owner/TM   Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Taiwan.
Product notes:  Joe Pardue has lent his name to a line of tactical knives marketed by Ontario. Most of Ontario's tactical designs are out-source to other countries.

Brand   John Deere Owner/TM   Deere & Co.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Knives are out-source Currently most John Deere promotional are made by Case

Brand   Joker Owner/TM   Cuchelleria Joker
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Spain
Product notes:  Manufacturers of a wide variety of high-quality knives including Navaja and Laguiole style picnic knives. JKR is their international brand of knives. These have final inspection and packaging done in Spain with initial production in Asia.

Brand   John Primble Owner/TM   Bluegrass Cutlery Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Current John Primble Production is in China. Older production was in Germany. The John Primble brand has a long and storied past, including the Primble/Belknap Hardware store and John Primble India Steel Works Some older production models were also out sourced to Queen in the USA

Brand   Joseph Rodgers Owner/TM   Taylor Brands LLC
Country, Place of Manufacture:  England (Sheffield) - Global
Product notes:  Joseph Rodgers is a old knife company located in the city of Sheffield, at one time the center of knife production in England. The Trademark is currently owned by Taylor Brands. While many knives are made in England, some lower priced globals are now associated with the brand. Older knives are made in Sheffield, England.

Brand   Joy Enterprises Owner/TM   Joy Enterprises
Country, Place of Manufacture: Global
Product notes:  Joy enterprises owns Fury and Muella of Spain. They also sell numerous globally produced unbranded knives and self defence products. It is a US owned company with global production occuring primarily in Asia. Muella products are made in Spain.

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Brand   Ka-Bar Owner/TM   Cutco
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Olean, New York)
Product notes:  Ka-Bar also produces Globally, with some knives being made in Taiwan

Brand   Kappetijn Knives Owner/TM   Kappetijn Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:  South Africa
Product notes:   Handmade knives and swords, in damascus and stainless steel; including folding and fixed blade hunting knives, as well as classical sword designs.

Brand   Katz Knives Owner/TM   Keith Derkatz
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Spain/Japan
Product notes:   Keith Derkatz, a Canadian designs the knives and has them made in Spain or Japain. The company was formed in 1991. Offers a wide variety of higher end knives.

Brand   Keen Kutter Owner/TM   Private/ Val-Test
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Uncertain.
Product notes:   The Keen Cutter TM has a long and storied past. It was first owned by E. C. Simmons, later bought by Shapleigh, and then sold to Val-Test. In 1991 James Frost was granted use of the TM, however the TM is currently listed with Val-Test but is not in use. Keen Kutter knives bearing the E.C Simmons or Shapleigh name as part of the logo are considered collectable. Those clearly made in the USA are also of value.

Brand   Kershaw Owner/TM   KAI Group
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Tualatin, Oregon) /Japan/China (PRC)
Product notes:  Kershaw is known for tactical folders but also makes fixed blades. Ken Onion has designed numerous knives for Kershaw.

Brand   Kissing Crane Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   Older knives were made in Germany. Current production is in China. The Robert Klaas and Kissing Crane brands combined for a while but are not two separate brands both are made in China now.

Brand   Kitzlyar Owner/TM   Kiyzlyar
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Russia
Product notes:  Kitzlyar knives and daggers are hand made using the traditions of gunsmiths from the Caucasus region of Russia.
Kitzlyar began producing edged weapons in 1990 and has quickly established itself as Russia's predominant knife producer. The company makes a range of knives focusing on decorative details like fine engraving with designs that are both traditional and modern. Their knives are highly valued among collectors in Western Europe.

Brand   Knives of Alaska Owner/TM   Knives of Alaska
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Charles Allen owns Knives of Alaska. They are currently headquarter in Texas. Outsourcing of the actual production is unclear other than USA.

Brand   KUTMASTER Owner/TM   Utica Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Global
Product notes:  Older models were made in USA. Their tactical knives appear mostly USA made while traditional work knives seem out-source to China

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Brand   Larry the Cable Guy Owner/TM   Larry the Cable Guy, SMKW
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  A line of kitchen and outdoor grilling knives possibly made by Ontario (Old Hickory) developed by and sold through SMKW under licence by Larry the Cable Guy. All knives are USA. Series includes knives made by Buck and Case.

Brand   Leatherman Owner/TM   Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Portland, Oregon)
Product notes:  Leatherman Tool Group is owned by Tim Leatherman, hence the name of the company. Leatherman is chiefly known for its multi-tools and is often credited as the inventor of the modern multi-tool. They also make a small number of knives marketed in their Crater and Expanse line

Brand   Les Stroud Owner/TM   Camillus/Acme United
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China
Product notes:  Not an actual brand name but a line of survival knives/gear with the knives being global produced and marketed through Camillus with the endorsement and approval of survivalist/TV personality Les Stroud. Stee is a non-sctick 440A Stainless steel.

Brand   Lewis Int'l Owner/TM   Sheffield Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:  England, Sheffield, Global.
Product notes:  Lewis International is part of Sheffield Knives. It produce knives in Sheffield as well as China, Pakistan and other select loactions. Knives manufactured by under contract for the British Ministry of Defense and their civilian alternatives are made in Sheffield, England. Packaging normally specifies location of production however the location of manufacture does not always appear on the knife itself. Genuine British Army Knives are made in England.

Brand   Linder Owner/TM   Linder knives.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Germany
Product notes:  Primarily fixed blade and folding traditional pattern knives. Linder also has some knives assembled in Asia with final assembly, inspection and packaging occuring in Germany.

Brand   Lucky 7 Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:  They are often touted as having German Steel. The knives are not made in Germany but the steel used for production is exported from Germany to Pakistan or China for finishing and assembly. This is typical of any Frost knife said to be made with German Steel.

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Brand   Magnum Owner/TM   Boker
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  The Economy line of Boker knives that are out-source for production in China.

Brand   Mantis Owner/TM   Mantis
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Taiwan, China (PRC), USA
Product notes:   Lower priced knives are made in China. Most md-range and higher priced knives are made in Taiwan. They have a few select patterns made in the USA. They make unique pattern tactical knives.

Brand   Marble's Outdoor Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Global, Chiefly China (PRC), Pakistan, El Slavador
Product notes:   Older production models were made in Gladstone, Michigan. Higher priced stainless fixed blades are out-source for production in the USA. Damascus blades normally come from Pakistan, Most traditional pattern folders are made in China. Modern pattern folders are made in Pakistan and China.Axes are imported from China and Pakistan. Machetes are made in El Salvador

Brand   Marsh-Cat Knives Owner/TM   Tobias Gibson
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA*
Product notes:  Hand made and rehandled knives made from commerically available blade blanks and old broken knives. While the knives are assembled in the USA, the blade stock and old knives are produced in a variety of countries.

Brand   Marttiini Owner/TM   Marttiini OY 96300 Rovaniemi
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Finland
Product notes:  All knives and sheaths are made in Finland. Most have 420 steel blades, some use an unspecified Carbon steel blade.

Brand   Maserin Owner/TM   Maserin
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Italy
Product notes:  Traditional folders and fixed blades plus some modern tactical patterns. Also known for their agricultural and mushroom knives.

Brand   Master Cutlery Owner/TM   Master  Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:   Master cutlery and its associated brands (M-Tech, Elk Ridge and others) are economy kinives made in China, Pakistan and other countries. They make all types if knives and cutting implements including swords and axes. Price point is normally a sign of how good or poorly made the blade will be.

Brand   Maxam Owner/TM   MAXAMCORP Holding, S.L.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC), Global
Product notes:  Maker of numerous low priced knives, many of which are knock-offs of higher price brand names, such as Victorinox, Spyderco, etc.

Brand   Mercator  Owner/TM   Otter Messer
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany
Product notes:  Traditional folders and lockbacks.

Brand   Mercury Owner/TM   Mercury Knives of Maniago
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Italy
Product notes:  Folding knives designed for use in boating, camping and gardening, including mushroom collecting.

Brand   Meyerco Owner/TM   The B & F System, Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Economy tactical and survival knives

Brand   Mictrotech Owner/TM   Microtech
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  High-end tactical knives

Brand   Mikov Owner/TM   Mikov
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Czech Republic (formerly, Czechoslovakia)
Product notes: Very Old knife making company making a variety of traditional fixed blade and folding knives, including Swiss Army Style Pocket knives.

Brand   Moki Knife Owner/TM   Moki
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Japan (Seki City)
Product notes: High end knives with modern styling.

Brand   Moore Maker Owner/TM   Moore Maker
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Texas)
Product notes: Texas based American made Tool and Knife Company. Knifes are out sourced through Queen Cutlery and Bear & Son Cutlery.

Brand   Mora Owner/TM   Mora of Sweden
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Sweden
Product notes:  Hunting and outdoor knives

Brand   Mossberg Owner/TM   O.F. Mossberg & Sons
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Knife production is out-source

Brand   Mossy Oak Owner/TM   Haas Outdoors, Inc
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Knife production is out-source

Brand   M-Tech Owner/TM   Master Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:   Master Cutlery line of low cost tactical, survival knives.

Brand   Mustang USA Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  A line of frost traditional brand knives on par with Steel Warriors.

Brand   Muela of Spain Owner/TM   Joy Enterprises
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Spain
Product notes:  Muela produces traditional and modern pattern fixed blade hunters and folders. Manufacturas Muela knives from Joy Enterprises are handcrafted in Argamailla de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Spain.

Brand   Mustang Owner/TM   Joy Enterprises
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global (primarily PRC)
Product notes:  Mustang is a namebrand of Joy enterprises. The produce outdoor cutting tools (including knives) as well as flashlights and outdoor gear. (Not to b confused with a Frost lines of Mustang pocketknives

Brand   Myerchin Owner/TM   Myerchin
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Japan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Most knives made in Japan. Some lower priced knives are made in China.

Brand   Mykel Hawke Owner/TM   SMKW
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global (China)

Product notes:   A line of Tactical knives made in partnership with survivalist Mykel Hawke and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Knives use AUS 8 stainless steel.


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Brand   Northfield UN-X-LD Owner/TM   Great Eastern Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Titusville, Pennsylvania)
Product notes:   Product notes:   Great Eastern produces Great Eastern, Northfield UN-X-LD, and Tidioute Cutlery. They also provide outsourcing other non-house brands.

Brand   Novelty Knife Co.  Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   Novelty traditional pattern knives, promotional knives and miniatures

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Brand   Ocoee River Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   A line of frost traditional brand knives on par with Steel Warriors.

Brand   Old Hickory Owner/TM   Servotronics/Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Work and kitchen knives made by Ontario with 1095 carbon blades and hickory wood handles.. Also a few traditional pattern folders. It appears the line has been discontinued and is now sold under the Ontario Knife banner.

Brand   Old Timer Owner/TM   Taylor Brands
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:  Old Schrade brand name, currently produced in China.

Brand   Ole Smoky Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan
Product notes:  Traditional and modified traditional pattern fixed blades and folders

Brand   Ontario Knife Company (1967) Owner/TM   Servotronics
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Global
Product notes:  Knives stamped with the Ontario tang stamp are USA made. They also offer lines with different names made in USA, Taiwan, and Italy.

Brand   Opinel Owner/TM   Opinel
Country, Place of Manufacture:   France
Product notes:  Mostly fishing and outdoor fixed blades

Brand   Outdoor Edge  Owner/TM   Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corp.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Outdoor Edge produce traditional and modern pattern fixed and folding hunting adventure knives. Knives are assembled in China with quality control and final packaging done in the USA.

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Brand   Painted Pony Owner/TM   Michael Prater & Co.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA*
Product notes:  Painted Pony knives are customized knives made from USA production knives. A large portion of the Painted Pony knives seem to be W. R. Case & Son knives.

Brand   Paragon Owner/TM   Paragon Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Japan
Product notes:  Modern folders and fixed blades.

Brand   Parker Eagle Owner/TM   Parker
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Japan
Product notes:  Traditional pattern folders, the line is defunct Parker brand knives have an association with Frost.

Brand   Pride USA Owner/TM   TM: Garry Yokom
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:   Small batch knives similar in style quality to Frost traditional pattern folders

Brand   Proguide Series Owner/TM   United
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   A series of modern styled hunting knives offered by United.

Brand   Puma Owner/TM   Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany, China (PRC)
Product notes:   Traditional and modern folders made in Germany. Some lower end products are out-source to China. (Chinese production seems to be increasing. Puma is best known for the White Hunter Fixed blade.

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Brand   Queen Cutlery (post 1969) Owner/TM   Daniels Family Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Titusville, Pennsylvania)
Product notes:  Queen knives are made in Titusville, PA. They also produce the Schatt & Morgan, Colonel Coon, and several other brands. The company was owned by Ontario Knife company for many years before being sold to Daniels Family Knives in the latter half of 2012. Daniels Family has announced that they will continue making Queen And Schatt & Morgan but other knives formerly made by queen are up in the air at this time.

Brand   Quicksilver Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Modern style hunters and tactical knives

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Brand   Rada Cutlery Owner/TM   TM: Rada Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   UK/ Global, Chiefly China, PRC
Product notes:  American Distributor of Sheffield and Lewis Int'l knives.

Brand   Raging Bull Owner/TM   TM: Garry Yokom
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Small production line of inexpensive knives made in the same factory as Rough Riders

Brand   RanchField Owner/TM   TM: RanchField
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  A small tool company based in Sweden. Knives are outsourced to China and are made with 420, 3Cr13, 5Cr13 Stainless Steels.

Brand   Randall Made Knives Owner/TM   Randall
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, (Florida)
Product notes:  

Brand   Randall’s Adventure & Training (RAT) Owner/TM   Jeff Randall
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Randall’s Adventure & Training (RAT) is a discontued product line or Ontario Knife Company.

Brand   Ranger Series Owner/TM   Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Ranger Series is a product line of Ontario Knife Company. The Ranger Series. Justin Gingrich is associated witht the Ranger line of knives. The Rangers Series shouldn't be confused with the discontinued RAT series formerly offered by Ontario.

Brand   Rapala* Owner/TM   Rapala
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Finland, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Mostly Fillet knives. About 50/50 of production between Finland and China. Most big box store knives are made in China. Knives made in Finland may have sheaths made in other countries. Good quality control regardless of production location

Brand   Remington Owner/TM   Remington Arms
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Pakistan, China (PRC)

Product notes:  For years, the USA made knives were normally made by Camillus (until 2007) The current USA production is believed to be done by Bear & Sons. Global production appears to be done in in the off shore factories used by SMKW and/or Schrade. Remington, Bear & Son, and SMKW will neither cofirm or deny this production information.


Brand   Renegade Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:Pakistan, China (PRC)

Product notes: A Frost brand Trademark that came on the market in 2014. Currently the brand is limited to knock of Remington Bullet Knives but it may expand.


Brand   Ridge Runner Owner/TM   BUD K & Worldwide Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global. Primarily China (PRC) and Pakistan
Product notes:  Economy work, traditional pattern, tactical and survival knives. Bud-K is suspected of being the owner of the brand.

Brand   Rite Edge Owner/TM   Rite Edge
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global. Primarily China (PRC) and Pakistan
Product notes:  Economy work, traditional pattern, tactical and survival knives, principally folders.

Brand   Robert Klaas Owner/TM   Hallmark (Hall, TN)
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Robert Klaas knives recently split from Kissing Crane. Current production appear to be in China.

Brand   Robeson Owner/TM   Servotronics/Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Titusville, Pennsylvania)

Product notes:  Robeson has a long and storied past. The TM is currently held by Ontario and production consists of Kitchen Cutlery.

The TM was owned by SMKW for a short while. During this time a small number of pocket knives were made by Queen Cutlery under license for SMKW. Shortly before Queen was sold to Daniels Family, the Robeson TM was picked up by Ontario.


Brand   Roper Owner/TM   American Buffalo Knife & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:   The Roper Brand features slightly better blade steel and better finishing than ABKT Cattleman line. Prices are slightly higher. Some fixed blades are serialized.

Brand   Rough Rider  Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global, Chiefly China, some Pakistan and El Salvador
Product notes:  Rough Rider is the house brand for SMKW. Several Rough Rider lines fall under the brand name including Stoneworx, Man Knives, Support the Cause and Arrowhead to name a few.

Brand   Royal Crest Owner/TM   MAXAMCORP Holding, S.L.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global, chiefly China (PRC)

Product notes: A line os Swiss Army style knives currently produced by Maxam. Earlier Royal Crest knives were made in Japan but they are now made in China.

I've seen the the knives of the exact same quality and pattern as the Royal Crest multi-blades made for Winchester, Myerchin, Sheffield, and other well known names. Most of the souvenir multi-blade knives share the same blades but usually have wood handles. I suspect all are made through the Maxam factory in China but cannot confirm this.


Brand   Rowen Mfg. Owner/TM   Shon Rowen
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Rowen is not a brand per-se but a knife manufacturer. They make knives for ESEE and TOPS. Almost all knives made by ESEE will be stamped "ROWEN" on the reverse side. TOPS knives are normally not stamped.

Brand   RUKO Owner/TM   RUKO
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global
Product notes:  RUKO is not a knife maker but a wholesale importer and distributor with locations in Canada and USA. While they also import and distribute cutlery marketed under their house brands (RUKO, Outfitter) they are also a major North American Distributor for Fox of Italy and Muella of Spain. The Ruko house brands are normally made of 420 or 440A steel depending on pattern.

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Brand   Sawmill Cutlery Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:   Inexpensive, traditional pattern hunting knives.

Brand   Schatt & Morgan Owner/TM   Servotronics/Queen
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Production is handled by Queen Cutlery in Titusville Pa.

Brand   Schrade (post 2007) Owner/TM   Taylor Brands
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:  Schrade knives are currently produced in China. As with many USA knife makers who went out of business at the beginning of the 21st century, much of their old stock was bought by other companies. This stock was in varying degrees of completion. As such, final assembly of knives bearing Schrade USA tang stamp (or other Schrade trademarks) have been completed by other companies with varying degrees of quality. In some cases the assembly was completed in in China or other countries. Reputable dealers will be up front about this. Be wary of knives being sold as "new old stock" especially if the original packaging is not present.

Brand   Sheffield* Owner/TM   Sheffield Knives*
Country, Place of Manufacture:   England (Sheffield), Global
Product notes:  Not all knives Bearing the Sheffield tang stamp are made in Sheffield. If the price seem low for the pattern of knife check the packaging or blade tang. Some knives are made in China (PRC). knives bearing "Genuine Military" or Sheffield, England Tang stamps are made in England. Knives marked "China" are made in PRC. Most of the big box or hardware store knives sold in clam packaging are made in China. Check the packaging.

Brand   Sheffield Military Knives Owner/TM   Sheffield Knives*
Country, Place of Manufacture:   England (Sheffield),
Product notes:  Unlike Sheffield knives which may or may not be made in England, Sheffield Military Knives are knives made for the British forces and are made in England. They are also produced for the civilian market. The knives are made under contract and may come from any of the knife companies still operating in the United Kingdom.

Brand   Shun Owner/TM   KAI Group
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Japan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  

Brand   Silverhorse Stoneworks Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  A line of Frost knives with synthetic stones, and genuine pearl and abalone accents.

Brand   Smith & Wesson Owner/TM   Taylor Brands
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  S&W make primarily modern tactical and survival knives. Production is in China. Many people consider the line one of the better quality economy lines of tacticals.

Brand   SOG Owner/TM   SOG Specialty Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Taiwan, Japan (Seki City), China (PRC)
Product notes:  SOG makes modern fixed blade military as well as tactical and rescue folders.The name is based on a knife employed by The United State convert organization that operated in South East Asia during the Vietnam War, known as MAC,V - SOG or Military Assistance Command, Vietnam -Studies and Observation Group.

Brand   Spartan Owner/TM   Spartan
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  High-end tactical knives If you need to ask how much, you probably can't afford them.

Brand   Spec-Plus Gen II (Spec-Plus) Owner/TM   Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Ontario product line for a new generation of Military fighting knives that blend tradtional patterns with new manufacturing techniques and materials.

Brand   Spyderco Owner/TM   Spyderco
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Taiwan, Japan, China (PRC)and USA
Product notes:  Spyderco is often credited as creating the modern tactical folder. They're knives are easily recognized by the round thumb hole in the top of the blade. While spyderco is known for its tactical folders they do make some fixed blade knives as well.

Brand   Steel Stag Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:  Primarily fixed blade knives with handles using stag or stag accents. similar in style and quality to some SMKW Fox & Hound knives.

Brand   Steel Warrior Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Frost's flagship line of economy traditional pattern folders and fixed blades. Also some tactical/rescue knives.

Brand   Stoneworx Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Stonewox is not a brand but actually a product line of Rough Rider knives with synthetic stones, and genuine pearl and abalone accents.

Brand   Strider Knives Owner/TM   Strider Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:   Tactical/survival folders and fixed blades Strider Knives makes folding knives and fixed-blade knives, using metals such as ATS-34, CPM S30V steel titanium, stellite, beryllium, damascus steel, and BG-42 for the blades. Strider fixed blade knives utilize either parachute cord or G-10 fiberglass for the handle material. Blades receive the proprietary Paul Bos heat treatment.

Brand   Superknife Owner/TM   Unknown
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Knife production is out-source, chiefly to China (PRC) The line might be owned by Rite Edge.

Brand   SureFire Owner/TM   SureFire
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Fountain Valley, California)
Product notes:  They are known more for laser sighting equipment and optics but produce a line of high-end tactical knives as well. Some people like to refer to low-end assisted opening tactical knives as sure firing or fast-fire or fast & sure fire. Don't be duped. Sure Fire knives are well over $100.00. You're not going to land one for $7.00

Brand   SZCO Owner/TM   SZCO
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global Distributor
Product notes: SZCO is not a knife maker but a wholesaler located in Maryland. Among the brands most closely associated with SZCO are: : Watch Fire, Rite Edge, CS Series, Frontier Series. They also carry blade blanks, normally made in Pakistan and are known for marketing low priced replicas of historical knives and fantasy knives

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Brand   Tac-Force Owner/TM   Master Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  May also be produced in Pakistan. An economy line of tactical style folders and fixed blades.

Brand   Tac-Xtreme Owner/TM   Frost
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  May also be produced in Pakistan. An economy line of tactical style folders and fixed blades.

Brand   Tates Creek Owner/TM   Garry Yokum/Raging Bull
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   Products are normally marked Tates Creek and Kentucky Designed. While the products and packaging are not marked as such they are made in China. Products are of similar in quality and design as Raging Bull, knives made by Garry Yokum
Brand   Taylor Brands Owner/TM   Taylor Brands LLC
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Primarily China (PRC)
Product notes:   Taylor Brands LLC is the current owner of numerous cutlery trademarks including Smith & Wesson, Taylor, Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry, and Imperial. It is suspected they also were the cheif supplier of Chinese Made Boy Scouts of America Knives.

Brand   Tec-X Owner/TM   W. R. Case & Sons
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:   A line of Tactical knives produced by Case According to the press release: "Due to the vastly different manufacturing process required for Tec X, this assortment will be sourced from China, from a Case approved factory where the same quality standards set for the core Case products will be applied, and the same warranties will be offered. This was a carefully considered decision by Case and was taken so as not to disrupt the traditional hand-crafted manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania, which will continue to be fully operational."

Brand   Tidioute Cutlery Owner/TM   Great Eastern Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA (Titusville, Pennsylvania)
Product notes:  Product notes:   Great Eastern produces Great Eastern, Northfield UN-X-LD, and Tidioute Cutlery. They also provide outsourcing other non-house brands.

Brand   Timberline Owner/TM   Great American Tool Company, Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Knife production Lois out-source, chiefly to China (PRC)

Brand   Tomahawk Trading Co., LLC. Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  Economy tactical and modern fixed blades, some fantasy knives.

Brand   TOPS Knives Owner/TM   Mike Fuller /G.M.I. Manufacturing, Inc
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Post Falls Idaho), Italy
Product notes: TOPS = Tactical OPS, USA  
Most Tops knives are made in the USA by Rowen Mfg. There are also numerous collaborative efforts with Buck Knives, however these are marketed and stamped Tops/Buck. A select number of tactical folders are made in Italy, most likely by Fox. TOPS is famous for the Tom Brown Tracker and for serializing and issuing Certificates of Authentication with every knife they produced.

Brand   Trademark Global Owner/TM   Trade Mark Globals
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global Distributor
Product notes:  Trademark is probably most known for its "As seen on TV" products. They import globally produced knives as well as the Whetstone brand. They are the distributor of officially licence products for such TMs as the NHL, NCAA, NBA, Budweiser, Top Chef, Miller, Happy Camper, and Coca~Cola. So if you see a knife with those brands on it, it was probably licensed through TM Global.

Brand   Trail Blazer Owner/TM   Trail Blazer Quality Outdoor Products
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Canada, possibly Global
Product notes:  Trail Blazer knives have a blade etch that reads Trail Blazer Quality Outdoor Products. They should not be confused the Fury Trailbazer line of knives. Location of manufacture is unknown at this time. Their tactical line features 440 Stainless blades an GFN scales.

Brand   Tramontina Owner/TM   TRAMONTINA S.A., Cutelaria
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Brazil

Brand   Trophy Hunter Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:  Exotic and old school stag handled hunting knives

Brand   Trophy Stag Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Pakistan
Product notes:   Exotic and old school stag handled hunting knives

Brand   Tuna Valley Knives Owner/TM   Daniels Family Knives
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:   High-end hand made tradtional pattern slip-joints.

Brand   Turtle Man Owner/TM   SMKW
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China
Product notes:  Hunting fixed blades and tactical folding knives made under license by SMKW for Turtle Man, Ernie Lee Brown Jr., star of reality TV show Call of the Wildman. Series also includes USA made Trappers from W. R.Case & Sons.

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Brand   U.S. Army Owner/TM   Taylor Brands
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC)
Product notes:  A defunct line of inexpensive tactical & rescue knives. The knives are not made for the U.S. Army.

Brand   U.S. Classic Owner/TM   Three D's Inc. (Defunct)
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Small defunct label said to have been designed in Salt Creek, Kentucky, Production to place in the same Chinese factory used for Rough Rider knives.

Brand   Unbranded Owner/TM   Gray Eagle Traders*
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  While not all unbranded knives are made by Gray Eagle Traders or TM Global, they are two of the largest exporters of cheap goods from around the world, especially Pakistan and PRC.

Brand   Unbranded Owner/TM   Trademark Global
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  While not all unbranded knives are made by Gray Eagle Traders or TM Global, they are two of the largest exporters of cheap goods from around the world, especially Pakistan and PRC.

Brand   Uncle Henry Owner/TM   Taylor Brands LLC
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Uncle Henry knives are currently being made my Taylor Brands LLC. In the past, the line was made in the USA by Schrade Walden.

Brand   Uncle Lucky Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  Better quality frost knives similar to their Steel Warrior Line.

Brand   United Cutlery Owner/TM   United Cutlery
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global/USA
Product notes:  United is an umbrella organization which produces a variety of cutlery in every pattern. The line includes fantasy and movie blades replica, low-end and mid-range quality swords and knives. Some knives and swords are "show only, especially their low-cost stainless steel swords. Most production is in China (PRC) but they also produce items in Taiwan and Spain as well as other countries. Being an educated consumer will vastly improve your chances of enjoying a purchase from United cutlery.

Brand   USMC Owner/TM   American Buffalo Knife & Tool
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Global
Product notes:  Modestly priced military style fixed blades, tacticals, and multi-tools.

Brand   Utica Cutlery  Owner/TM   Walco
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA/Global
Product notes:   Among other things, they make traditional pattern folders. Today, most of their cutlery is under the brand name KutMaster. In the past they were famous for making Girl Scout knives, especially those with Green celluloid handles. They also made the Iroquois brand

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Brand   Victorinox Owner/TM   Victorinox
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Switzerland (Ibach)
Product notes:  Maker of the Original Swiss Army Knife, the company also owns Wenger, the Genuine Swiss Army knife and the Forschner brand of kitchen cutlery. They are the sole provider of combat fixed blades for the Swiss Army and own the patent rights for the current German and Danish Armies folding knives. They are also the chief supplier of folding knives to the Danish and German Armies.

Brand   Viper Owner/TM   Tecnocut
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Italy
Product notes:  Viper knives are hand-made in Manaigo, Italy. Manaigo is the undisputed center of fine knife making in Italy. Founded in 1987 and since then they have been producing high-end sporting knives and tactical folders, including in-house wire Damascus blades.

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Brand   W.R. Case & Sons Owner/TM   Zippo
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA, Bradford Pennsylvania
Product notes:  Probably the most collected American made knife. Case has announced it will produce a line of tactical knives (Tec-X) with production out-source to China. Case also produced a small number of knives in Germany in the mid-1980s.

Brand   Weidmannsheil Owner/TM   Diefenthal, Josef, Solingen*
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany (Solingen)
Product notes:  

Brand   Wenger Owner/TM   Victorinox
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Switzerland (Ibach)
Product notes:  Maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife. Now owned by Victorinox. Victorinox announced an end of Wenger Brand knives in 2014.

Brand   Whetstone Cutlery Owner/TM   Trademark Games, Inc.
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global
Product notes:  Whetstone is a global importer of cutlery. Among brands that may be assoicated are Fury and Maxam

Brand   White River Knife & Tool Owner/TM   White River Knife & Tool 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  USA
Product notes:  Independent company. producing Tactical/survival knives.

Brand   Whitetail Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Traditional hunting knives. Damascus knives and some stainless are made in Pakistan. Most other stainless knives are made in China.

Brand   WidowMaker Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:   Traditional pattern folders.

Brand   Wild Boar Owner/TM   Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Country, Place of Manufacture:  Global, Pakistan, China (PRC)
Product notes:  Economy line of traditional pattern folders and fixed blades.

Brand   Wild Turkey Cutlery Owner/TM   Frost Cutlery 
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC)
Product notes:  

Brand   Wilson Tactical Owner/TM   Wilson Combat
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA (Berryville, Arkansas)
Product notes:   High-end fixed blade modern military fighting knives, hand made by Bill Wilson

Brand   Winchester Owner/TM   Fabrioque Nationale
Country, Place of Manufacture:  China (PRC) and USA.
Product notes:  Most Winchester knives are out-source to PRC however some higher priced models are out-source to USA makers. You can usually tell by the price. American made Winchester knives approach $100 in MSRP.

Brand   Windlass Steelcrafts Owner/TM   Windlass Steelcrafts
Country, Place of Manufacture:   India
Product notes:  Makers of the Kukri used by the Ghurkas. They also make high end replicas of historical and movie knives. Antlanta Cutlery is their USA Distributor.

Brand   Woodman's Pal Owner/TM   Pro Tool Industries
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:  Makers of the Woodman's Pal brush clearing tool as well as camping and bushcraft fixed blades.


Brand   Wustof Owner/TM   Wustof
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Germany
Product notes:  Wustof makes high-end Kitchen cutlery.

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Brand   XM/XR series Owner/TM   Ontario
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Italy
Product notes:   XM/XR series are tactical knives out-source to Italy.

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Brand   Yukon Knives Owner/TM   Barry Drury
Country, Place of Manufacture:   Canada (Yukon Territory)
Product notes:   Hand-crafted hunting and fishing knives plus some folding knives.

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Brand   Zero Tolerance Owner/TM   KAI Group
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA
Product notes:   High end tactical knives.

Brand   Zippo Owner/TM   Zippo
Country, Place of Manufacture:   USA, Bradford Pennsylvania
Product notes:   Zippo is owner of W.R. Case & Sons. Occasionally they have knives made with a Zippo markings. They are made by Case.

Brand   ZK (Zombie Knives) Owner/TM   Ka Bar
Country, Place of Manufacture:   China (PRC) USA, Olean Ne wYork
Product notes:  A line of knives made by Kabar. Older knives were made in China with SK-8 Steel. Later USA prodction uses 1095 Cro-Van steel.

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