What are the best knife companies?

Whether you are looking for a folding knife, hunter knife, pocket knife as well as knife sharpeners, make sure they are made of quality materials. Check out our list of the best knife companies recommended by our everyday carry enthusiasts and see which brands made it to the cut!

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    Founded by Les de Asis in 1979, the Benchmade was built on a principle of replacing the cheap butterfly knives. From a shop in Clackamas, Benchmade moved to its present location in Oregon. It manufactures custom knife designs too.



    Joseph Hall
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "When buying Benchmade products, make sure they are made in USA. I highly recommend this as one of the best knife companies out there because their blades hold up for a long time, that I don't even need to sharpen it regularly. Grips are lightweight too. Good job!"
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    Based in Colorado, USA, the Spyderco is an American company that specializes in manufacturing cutlery products such as knives, especially folding knives, and knives sharpeners. It was founded by Sal Glesser in 1978.



    José Antonio Camacho
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "Variety and wide-array of choices. These two reasons solidified my claim of Spyderco being among the top knife companies ever built. I recently bought the Para 3 and Paramilitary 2."
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    #3Kershaw Knives

    Kershaw Knives

    Kershaw Knives has its roots in 1974, aiming to design, customize, and produce knives in different forms. It includes pocketknife, hunting knife, and some special collector's items made with expert craftsmanship. 



    James Medina
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "Try Launch 4 and Launch 1. From sport to tactical knives, you will never run out of choices with Kershaw. And I wanna mention that it offers a lifetime warranty. Best value for money too. Cheers."
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    #4Buck Knives

    Buck Knives

    Founded by a young blacksmith from Kansas named Hoyt Buck in 1902, the Buck Knives is an American company first started with its knives made from worn-out file blades during World War II. This company offers a lifetime warranty.



    Austin Wood
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "A lifetime warranty for my 112 Ranger. This knife company has solid foundations in producing traditional brass wood handle while keeping them automatic (automatic lockback)"
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    #5Gerber Gear

    Gerber Gear

    Gerber found its footing in the knives and tools industry in 1939 in Portland, Oregon USA. From its humble beginnings, this American brand has hunters, soldiers, and tradesmen as its primary target market for 70 years and counting.



    Juan Hayes
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "If you are looking for automatic switchblade or manual ones, I suggest you consider Gerber Gear. It reminds me of Kershaw Knives, perhaps because Pete Kershaw, yes the founder of kershaw, was once part of gerber (fun fact from my father!!)"
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    #6Cold Steel

    Cold Steel

    With its birth in 1980, the Cold Steel, Incorporated has taken pride for producing the most durable and sharpest knives  With its cutting-edge technology, it introduced new features like Kraton handles and more.



    Stephanie Snyder
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "My favorite set of knives from their collections is the Espada series. If you are a knife enthusiast, you would be amazed to know the blade is made from Japan. The knives can be clipped on your belt or pocket."
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    #7ZT Knives

    ZT Knives

    With a value proposition of having Zero Tolerance for anything less, ZT Knives is one of the brands under Kai USA Ltd., together with Kershaw, and Kai Housewares. Their products are mostly made of titanium and carbon-fiber.



    Austin Morrison
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "Has anybody actually tried the 0850 knife? If so, please do give me a good review. I am still in the process of deciding which of the knives are worth investing in. I was also surprised that their first products were combat knives. How cool is that?"
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    #8CRKT Knives

    CRKT Knives

    Established in 1994 in the State of Oregon, the Columbia River Knife and Tool, or more popularly known as CRKT is an American knife company known for its distinct design and handcrafted tools for more than 2 decades now.



    Jerry Carlson
    Written on July 15, 2019
    "What is with Oregon that all of these knife companies are based in Oregon??? Anyway, my dad owns a K.I.S.S. It is a folding knife that can be folded as thin as a money clip you can carry inside oyur pocket. In my dad's case, he uses it as a key chain knife."


Best What are the best knife companies
1BenchmadeWebsites 18 Free
2SpydercoWebsites 13 Free
3Kershaw KnivesWebsites 10 Free
4Buck KnivesWebsites 4 Free
5Gerber GearWebsites 2 Free
6Cold SteelWebsites 2 Free
7ZT KnivesWebsites 2 Free
8CRKT KnivesWebsites 1 Free

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