HQ: Tualatin, Oregon, USA
Owned by: Kai Group
Kershaw was founded in 1974 and its aim was to design and manufacture tools for knife users including pocketknife, collectors’ editions of knives, or even a precision kitchen knife, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship.
The Kershaw company pioneered many of the techniques and materials that are now used as standard across the knife industry. For instance, their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. Also, they introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders and recently, their Composite Blade technology that combines two steels into one blade which gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling them to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine.