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Best Knife Brands & Makers
1. Benchmade Knife Company USA
The Benchmade Knife Company is an American knife manufacturer run by Jon De Asis, son of Founder Les De Asis, in Oregon City, Oregon. Its products are sold to numerous markets, such as everyday carry, outdoor sporting, cutlery, rescue, law-enforcement, martial-arts, and military. Benchmade are well known for their popular models such as the Griptillian, Crooked River, BugOut, Osborne and Anthem.
2. CRKT - Colombia River Knife & Tool
CRKT® (Columbia River Knife and Tool®) was founded in 1994. From day one, they put innovation and integrity first. They made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. CRKT collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®. CRKT make a wide range of knives and tools such as axes, knives, machetes and pocket tools. Their most popular models are the Pilar Folding Knife, CEO Folding Knife and Carson M16 knife.
3. Morakniv of Sweden
Arguably one of the most famous survival and bushcraft knife brand in the world. Morakniv knives have been crafted in Östnor for over a century. Once they were made in every home by local craftsmen who passed down their skills from generation to generation. Today those skills are all under one roof. It's unbelievable how inexpensive these knives are, yet regarded as the highest quality blades in the world. Morakniv most notably produce the Companion Spark, Garberg and Kansbol.
4. Gerber Legendary Blades
When Joseph R. Gerber described his young knife company, Gerber Legendary Blades, as the, “birth of an enterprise that grew into big business,” it was true, but it was an understatement for sure. What had started out in 1939 as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets given as holiday gifts had turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. By 1960, Gerber had quickly become one of the most trusted, appreciated and collected names in knives.
5. Victorinox Swiss Army Knives
In 1884, Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz. At this time Switzerland was still one of the poorer countries in Europe. In the early years Karl Elsener worked to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of emigration. In 1891 he supplied the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army for the first time. He went on to develop the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife – now the iconic Swiss Army Knife – in 1897, creating the foundation for a flourishing company that would be able to hold its own on the world stage.
6. KA-BAR Knives
Ka-Bar is the contemporary popular name for the combat knife first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in November 1942 as the 1219C2 combat knife, and subsequently adopted by the United States Navy as the U.S. Navy utility knife, Mark 2. Although Ka-Bar Knives, Inc., currently makes a wide variety of knives and cutlery, it is best known for the Ka-Bar Fighting/Utility knife, which has traditionally used a 7-inch (17.8 cm) 1095 carbon steel clip point blade and leather-washer handle.
7. Cold Steel Knives
Cold Steel folding, or pocket knives have a reputation throughout the world for being strong, sharp and extremely reliable when put to hard use. Featuring the Andrew Demko engineered Tri-Ad™ lock, Cold Steel folding, or pocket knives have been tested against many other folding lock mechanisms and none have been able to come close to the strength and durability of the Tri-Ad™ lock. When you purchase a knife from Cold Steel, you're buying more than just "a knife", you're adding a reliable tool for everyday use to your arsenal. Cold Steel knives are used by military, law enforcement Special units, emergency services personnel, self defense professionals and martial artists alike. Try a Cold Steel folding, or pocket knife yourself and feel the difference.
8. Spyderco Knives
Spyderco is an American cutlery company based in Golden, Colorado, producing knives and knife sharpeners. Spyderco pioneered many features that are now common in folding knives, including the pocket clip, serrations, and the opening hole.
9. CIVIVI Knives
From a history of providing a steady stream of successful products, WE Knife Co. Ltd. (WE) has earned the reputation for always delivering innovative designs manufactured with consistently high quality. As a result, WE has established itself as the largest Chinese manufacturer of quality cutlery.
Reacting to the needs of the market, in 2018 WE introduced the CIVIVI brand to specifically focus on offering a functional, utilitarian, EDC product line at more affordable prices.
10. Boker Knives
The famous knives with the world-renowned tree-brand have been handmade in Solingen since 1869. Since the foundation, no knife has left our manufactory without this sign of quality. The long history of Boker has been affected by eventful times. But one thing has always been the same in 150 years: Our passion and enthusiasm for extraordinary Knives.
The Boker Knife Manufactory has thus developed into a global innovation leader and the largest manufacturer of sports knives, professional knives and collector's knives in Europe.
11. Marttiini Knives Finland
It all began in 1928 at the land of dark Arctic winters and the midnight sun, when a blacksmith Janne Marttiini decided to establish knife factory to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. With the user in mind, he began to create beautiful, high quality utility articles to be used in the harshest conditions imaginable. Today, Marttiini knives are a combination of generations of craftsmanship and modern technology that create knives that are not only sharp, but also perfectly represent the beauty and toughness of the North. They're called "puukko" – the Nordic knife.
12. Kershaw Knives
You can always look to Kershaw for everyday carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.
13. Condor Tool & Knife
Condor Tool & Knife was founded in 1787 - the quality of the swords, military knives, agricultural tools, and household cutlery they manufactured made Solingen the cutlery capital of the world. Over the generations, the world’s largest manufacturer of swords and knives found it necessary to expand operations to other countries to better serve its customers. They provide a wide range of excellent bushcraft & survival equipment such as knives, machetes and axes.
14. Real Steel Knives
Does the overcrowded knife industry still need a new measuring mark? Realsteel Knives answers this with innovations and a company philosophy resounds a firm ‘Yes’. Since the establishment in 2013, RSK have been developing Real Steel Knives into a leading manufacturer of high-quality folding knives. They have earnestly listened and utilized the knowledge of our engineers and the more than 15 years of production experience of their Yulin factory to bring innovative and high-quality products to the market.
15. SOG Knives - Studies & Observations Group
SOG Specialty Knives, Inc. is an American knife and tool manufacturing company famous for their reproduction SOG Knife from the Vietnam era. SOG manufactures a variety of knives other than the original military inspired designs, many designed for everyday carry. The company also produces its own line of multi-tools.
16. Ganzo Knives
Ganzo Company for more than 20 years of existence has grown into a brand of international level, well-known far beyond the borders of China: the US, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and many other countries. This widespread acceptance the company achieved because the strategy of its development was properly merged on own engineering design and best achievements of international companies. Naturally, only high-quality materials are selected for the production: 440C stainless steel with high carbon composition, durable and resistant to various effects plastics, diamond and abrasive surfaces of the grinding stones.