Benchmade Knives

Headquarters: Oregon, USA
Oregon based Benchmade Knives is one of the top knife producers in the United States that has been producing knives for over 20 years. Founder Les de Asis and his team of employees are passionate about manufacturing knives of a high quality and today their factory is one of the best in the business. They claim the 3 M’s set them apart from the rest: Materials, Mechanisms and Manufacturing.

Boker Knives

Headquarters: Solingen, Germany
Boker knives, otherwise known as the “Tree Brand”, are well known for their high levels of precision, leading-edge design and use of top quality materials. They are based in Germany and have been manufacturing knives for well over 100 years. Most of their knife production is done in Solingen Germany (a famous knife making city) but certain models will be sourced from other countries…

Brous Blades

Headquarters: California, USA
Owner Jason Brous started Brous Blades relatively recently in 2010 while he was in his early 20’s. From the beginning, Brous Blades targeted top-tier materials and manufacturing techniques. Jason’s designs always begin with a simple pencil-to-paper drawing. Nothing fancy. One thing’s for sure, Brous Blades are never cheap, never boring.

Buck Knives

Headquarters: Idaho, USA
Buck Knives is truly one of the world’s classic knife brands, to the extent that today the term “buck knife” refers to any kind of folding hunting knife along the lines originally laid down by the Buck company. The company is credited with the invention of the modern folding hunting knife, but it is equally well-known for the quality of materials and the wide variety of knife types it produces.

Case Knives

Headquarters: Pennsylvania, USA
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company (generally known as “Case” or “Case XX”) have been producing fine quality hand-crafted knives in the US for well over a century. Their knives are highly respected by knife experts and collectors throughout the world and we are continually impressed by the distinct elegance and craftsmanship exhibited by their products.

Chris Reeve Knives

Headquarters: Idaho, USA
Chris Reeve Knives is debatably the single most influential knife brand in the world and is widely considered the Cadillac of the folding knife industry. Chris Reeve and his wife Anne Reeve have created a brand from the ground up that continues to push the boundaries of production knife manufacturing quality and performance.

CRKT Knives

Headquarters: Oregon, USA
Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) is an American knife manufacturer based in the small town of Tualatin, Oregon. The company is well-known for its extensive lines of knives, tools and accessories, although it is primarily regarded as a knife maker, with several interesting and popular innovations to its name.

Emerson Knives

Headquarters: California, USA
Emerson knives were founded in 1996 by Ernest and Mary Emerson. The company is based in Torrance, California, where Emerson had a been a longtime custom knife-maker, creating specialized designs for the collector’s market. Today, Emerson knives are renowned for their quality, unique design features and genuine, field-tested usefulness for military and police applications.

Gerber Knives

Headquarters: Oregon, USA
In 1939, the birth of an enterprise known as Gerber Legendary Blades had made its way into the big business world. Growing from a small batch of handmade cutlery, their products would soon turn into thousands of retail accounts produced around the country. By the year of 1960, Gerber had become one of the most collected, trusted and appreciated brands in the industry.

HEAdesigns Knives

Headquarters: New York, USA
HEAdesigns is a relatively new company in the high-end, low-volume production knife and EDC market. Still a small operation right now, HEAdesigns is setting itself up for a future full of success. The brand gets its name from the initials of owner and creator, Housam E. Abdelrahman, or Sam, as he prefers. With the philosophy of Design Different, HEAdesigns is poised to shock and delight as they grow!

Hogue Knives

Headquarters: California, USA
Hogue Inc. is an American corporation founded by Guy Hogue in 1968. The early success of the business was primarily attributable to handgun grips and rifle stocks and the Hogue brand became synonymous with American manufacturing quality and tradition. Hogue’s first venture into the world of knife making came in 2010 when they collaborated with knife-maker Allen Elishewitz.

Kershaw Knives

Headquarters: Oregon, USA
Kershaw is owned by the KAI Group which also includes the Zero Tolerance and Shun Cutlery brands. Like many other knife manufacturers, their primary production facilities are based in Oregon, the USA due to the state’s relatively relaxed knife laws. Kershaw produces a broad range of knives ranging from sporting, professional, pocket and kitchen knives.

Microtech Knives

Headquarters: North Carolina, USA
Microtech Knives is a brand acclaimed for high tolerance levels in construction, high-quality parts, and non-conformist design aesthetics. Many consider the production line-up of Microtech Knives to be automatic OTF (out-the-front) abundant, with manual folders following behind slightly in mass recognition.

Nesmuk Knives

Headquarters: Solingen, Germany
Unless you’re a chef or a connoisseur of fine knives, you may have never heard of the name Nesmuk. Chances are, though, you have benefited from this particularly exotic German knifemaker at the table of your favourite fine restaurant, however, because Nesmuk chef’s knives are the cutlery of choice for many well-known chefs. Nesmuk is one of the top luxury knife manufacturers in Germany.

Reate Knives

Headquarters: Guangdong, China
Reate is a relatively small production knife manufacturer and machining company located in China that has gained international appeal since about 2014. Still, a relative newcomer in the cutlery industry, Reate and owner David Deng have continued to turn heads by creating extremely high-quality products with a reasonably affordable suggested retail price structure like the knife

Rike Knife

Headquarters: GuRike Knifeangdong, China
Rike Knife stands among the latest crop of high end Chinese knife makers hitting the US by storm. They’re still a young operation with the relatively limited selection but plenty to offer in terms of talent and creativity. Aesthetics, machining, and materials are what hold Rike up as a player in today’s production knife game.

Schrade Knives

Headquarters: Minnesota, USA
Schrade Knives began in 1904 as the Schrade Cutlery Company, founded in Walden, New York. Once upon a time, these fine knives were produced with tremendous quality and attention to detail. Unfortunately, for business reasons the Schrade company has changed hands a number of times since first being founded. Today, Schrade is owned by Taylor Brands LLC.

SOG Knives

Headquarters: Washington, USA
SOG Specialty Knives, Inc. is more commonly known as SOG and has established itself as a firm favorite among tactical knife experts. They are best known for their famous reproduction of the military SOG knife. However, the company produces a full line of knives and other tools and is well-respected both for its high quality builds and innovative designs.

Spyderco Knives

Headquarters: Colorado, USA
Spyderco knivespyderco knives is based in Golden, Colorado and has been producing knives since the late-seventies. Their focus is on quality and innovative design – they have been responsible for the introduction of many features found on many pocket knives today such as the pocket clip, serrated blade portions and the hole used for opening.

Victorinox Knives

Headquarters: Ibach, Switzerland
Victorinox, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of pocket knives and originator of the famous “Swiss Army Knife,” was founded in 1884 by Karl Elsener. Victorinox is best known for its small, multi-purpose pocket knives. For decades, Victorinox knives have been widely respected as useful tools for all kinds of situations.

WE Knife

Headquarters: Guangdong, China
WE Knife Company has been producing mid to high-end production knives for the Asian, and predominantly Chinese market for over 15 years. In the USA, consumers started to see knives branded as WE Knife since approximately late 2014. They manufacture knives at a high level in part because the equipment that they use is not only of the highest quality, but the machinery is state-of-the art.

Zero Tolerance Knives

Headquarters: Oregon, USA
Often referred to as “ZT”, this KAI subsidiary produces some of the finest production knives available that money can buy. Often leveraging well-known designers and makers in the knife industry for collaborative efforts, ZT has carved a niche in the ultra-durable and high-end production knife category. A well-respected brand without a doubt.

Mac Knives

Headquarters: Sacramento, CA, USA

Entirely manufactured in Japan, MAC knives are precision tools, shaped, assembled, polished, and sharpened by professional Japanese craftsmen.  Each knife is equipped with a razor-sharp edge, comfortable handles, and great balance.  Popular with professional cooks and cooking enthusiasts throughout the world, and over 25 million knives sold since 1964.