The knife industry has changed a lot in 40 years. But ever since Kershaw started, the brand has maintained a commitment to quality.
PETE KERSHAW STARTS HIS COMPANY
Kershaw’s founder, Pete Kershaw, knew the importance of guaranteed quality. The outdoorsman often used knives for hunting and fishing. In the late 1974, he decided to start his own knife company at a cement plant in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
During that time, the company mainly created hunting knives. To guarantee top quality, Pete searched for a premier supplier to produce the product.
A PARTNERSHIP IS BORN
On the other side of the world, Kai had been crafting bladed tools for over 65 years and was known for its quality. Then-president Saijiro Endo II was focused on exporting Kai products to other countries, including the American market. Kershaw and Kai’s paths converged, and the two have been linked since.