Kershaw knives opened for business in Lake Oswego, Oregon U.S.A. in 1974 with its no-hassle lifetime guarantee. The KAI Cutlery Corporation of Japan purchased Kershaw Knives in 1978 and created Kai USA Ltd. The KAI Corporation has been Japan’s premier blade producer for 100 years. The KAI tradition of fine blade manufacturing goes back even further. KAI factories are located in Seki City, Japan’s famous samurai sword making center. In 1985 Kershaw moved to a new facility in Wilsonville, Oregon and in 1997 expanded the facility to include manufacturing, marketing and warehousing. In 2004 Kershaw moved its facility to the Tualatin Valley just south of Portland Oregon. The majority of knives in the Kershaw range are manufactured in Japan or China. Regardless of whether your Kershaw knife is manufactured in the USA, Japan, and China, these products are guaranteed for the lifetime of the original owner to be free of defects when received from the factory.
Buck In the search for a better blade, Hoyt Buck produced the first Buck knife in 1902. By 1947 Hoyt and his son Al set up a shop in San Diego, U.S.A., H.H. Buck and Son. Al Buck revolutionized the knife industry in 1964 with the model 110 Folding Hunter. The folding ‘lock blade’ knife made Buck a leader. Buck have been making well-crafted, reliable tools for more than 100 years, and for over 100 years Buck have stood for reliability. A Buck knife is designed for a purpose. There are knives for opening boxes, and cutting twine. Knives for backpacking, hunting and fishing. Knives for when your survival is on the line. And knives for collectors.The Buck Knife Forever Warranty is pretty much what is says, if for some reason your Buck is defective due to materials or workmanship you can return it, no matter where you bought it. Some of the Buck range are manufactured in China to the same high standards expected by their customers.