The Ultimate Guide To American Made Knives

This Made in the USA knife guide covers EDC, hunting, fixed blade and survival knives that are American made.

If You Are Looking For An EDC, Hunting, Survival Or Bushcraft Knife Made in The USA This List Is The Best Place To Start

The US has birthed a lot of great knife companies like Buck, Gerber, and SOG, which have all created iconic American knives, and maintained a certain high reputation as American made. But at some point, all of them have had to cut costs or manage the cost of expansion by manufacturing overseas.

Now days it’s a given that a large knife company will have at least one overseas factory and split their releases along some kind of quality line. In some cases you don’t really have to worry where a knife is made because some company keeps a strict eye on quality control. Spyderco, for example, is pretty strict about their products and from what I understand maintain close relationships with both their Seki and Taiwan factories. But it’s still nice to know where what you’ve got is made, so I decided to start keeping a list of all the major companies that manufacture in the USA and the major designs they keep in the borders.

I’m almost positive these lists are comprehensive for each brand. I spend quite a bit of time with the most recent catalogs of all of them each year when they come out, but there’s always a chance I missed a few knives or mislabeled them. There’s a lot of fluid information around the origin of a knife because companies change things up, or source materials from different countries and then build in another. If nothing else, you can use these lists as a starting reference and I’ll do my best to keep this updated year to year.

If you see a knife on here that doesn’t belong, or don’t see one that does, feel free to let us know in the comments. I appreciate any help that saves me from doing more research. Also, if you’re more of a survivalist type, you might save some time by checking out our American-made Bowie knives blog.

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Bark RiverBear and SonBenchmadeBuck KnivesCamillusCaseDiamond Blade Knives/Knives of Alaska | Emerson Knives | Esee KnivesGerber | Hogue Knives | Ka-BarKershaw | Leatherman | Medford Knife | Spyderco | Southern Grind | SOG | Spartan Blades

Bark River Knives

Bark River makes all their knives in America, and a lot of their knives are semi-production and semi-handmade.

Factory Location: Escanaba, Michigan

This is a pretty well established outdoor knife brand, despite only existing as a company since 2001. They’re interesting because a lot of their knives are semi-production and semi-handmade. It’s a family-owned business full of really skilled people who pay very close attention to each knife. From what I’ve seen, their base blade stocks go some kind of cnc production but all the polishing, handle shaping, and sharpening is done through hand grinding. As a result, all of their knives tend to run around the $200 mark, but their knives earn that price tag. Bark River fixed-blades are pretty widely considered some of the best you can get. They’re also one of the few companies still making common use of the convex grind.

As far as I can tell, they do everything within the USA. Alal their materials are sourced from and put together in the states. They’ve expanded they’re original factory several times to make room for new manufacturing departments like sheath making, which just goes to show how dedicated they are to keeping everything close to home.

Bark River Knives on Amazon


Bear and Son Cutlery

This is family company that started in the early 90’s, and most of their knives are made in the United States.

Factory Location: Jacksonville, Alabama

This is family company that started in the early 90’s. For a while now they’ve been a good source for traditional-style lockback knives. They also make a lot of butterfly, tactical, and one-handed EDCs in a broad range of styles, but I think it’s fair to say that most people associate Bear and Sons with trapper knives.

Since their start they’ve launched some well-themed divisions within their company:

The base Bear and Son Cutlery name covers a lot of ground from traditional lockbacks to butterfly knives to fixed-blade survival knives.

The Bear OPs division is more tactically oriented designs, including butterfly knives, assisted-open knives, and fixed-blade knives.

The Bear Edge division seems to be their budget line, and the only place I’ve seen them use the word “imported”. It mostly consists of EDC folders along with some interesting updates of the trapper design and some stripped down survival fixed blades. This is the only line that has any kind of Chinese manufacturing.

They’re very proud of the fact that every stage of their knife manufacturing takes place in the US. All the washers, scales, steel, screws, and beyond (for most of the their knives) are done in their own factory. I don’t know exactly when they launched their Bear Edge line or the nature of the factory they use for it, but it seems to serve as a good source for hunting knives under the $50 mark.

So short version: despite their pride in American manufacturing, only knives that are Bear and Son Cutlery or Bear OPs are completely US-made. If you see Bear Edge on the knife, it was likely made in China.

Bear and Son Cutlery on Amazon



Benchmade knives that are made in the USA.

Factory Location: Oregon City, OR

They are particular about manufacturing only the USA. Anything that has the butterfly on it will be at the very least put together in the states. They used to manufacture a few lines overseas. Their Red Class, meant to be a budget line, was manufactured in China (I think), and at least some of what they made for HK and the NRA were imported. But they’ve cut all those lines out of their catalogs over the last few years, and now they seem to be an exclusively Made-in-the-USA company.

I’ve had trouble finding information on whether or not they still maintain factories overseas, but if they do they only make smaller parts for their products. On the whole, if you buy a new Benchmade, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re buying American. The main reason I even bothered giving them a spot in the blog is because I’m still kind of waiting for them to announce a new budget line, and I’d like to have this spot ready to update when it happens.

Benchmade Knives on Blade HQ

Benchmade Knives on Amazon


Buck Knives

Buck Knives that were manufactured in the USA.

Factory Location: Post Falls, Idaho

Buck is one of the most iconic American knife companies in history, so it was a special kind of disappointment when they started making knives on the cheap in Taiwan back around the birth of the millennium. That was back when they were still based in California, and money was starting to get tight, but even at the height of their economic trouble they never completely stopped manufacturing in the U.S. Which is impressive since they kept it up while literally moving all their equipment to Idaho. They’ve pulled way back on overseas manufacturing in recent years, but still make around 20% of their lines in China.

A recent-ish update: In early 2018, Buck announced the new Cerakote machine they set up in their Idaho factory. Basically that means you’ll see a lot of wildly colored options om US-made Buck knives. Previously, I would have said that a wide choice in color and designs was a sure sign of Chinese manufacturing, but, for Buck at least, that’s not the case.

Knives on Buck Knives

Buck Knives on Blade HQ

Buck Knives on Amazon


Buck Knives Made in America
FoldersFixed Blade
  • 055 The 55
  • 091 CSAR Responder
  • 095 CSAR-T
  • 110 Folding Hunter (all variations)
  • 112 Folding Ranger (all variations)
  • 183 Alpha Crosslock
  • 279 Folding Alpha Hunter
  • 283 Nano Bantam
  • 284 Bantam BBW
  • 285 Bantam BLW
  • 286 Bantam BHW
  • 288 Quickfire
  • 289 Fluid
  • 290 Rush
  • 293 Inertia
  • 294 Momentum
  • 301 Stockman
  • 303 Buck Cadet
  • 340 / 345 Vantage Select
  • 341 / 346 Vantage Avid
  • 342 / 347 Vantage Pro series
  • 363 Rival SS
  • 364 Rival I
  • 365 Rival II
  • 366 Rival III
  • 395 Folding Omni Hunter 10Pt
  • 397 Folding Omni Hunter 12PT
  • 418 Vertex
  • 425 Minibuck
  • 524 Alumni
  • 500 Duke
  • 501 Squire
  • 505 Knight
  • 550 Selector 2.0
  • 556 / 557 Open Season Folding Skinner
  • 659 / 660 Folding Pursuit Large
  • 661 Folding Pursuit Small
  • 710 Volt
  • 722 Spitfire
  • 726 Mini Spitfire
  • 830 Marksman
  • 840 Sprint Select
  • 841 Sprint Pro
  • 842 Sprint Ops Pro
  • 896 RapidFire
  • 898 Impact Auto
  • 027 Clearwater Fillet
  • 035 / 036 Abyss Filet
  • 035 Abyss Fillet
  • 101 Hunter
  • 102 Woodsman
  • 103 Skinner
  • 104 Compadre
  • 105 Pathfinder
  • 108 Compadre Froe
  • 113 Ranger Skinner
  • 118 Personal
  • 119 Special (All variations)
  • 120 General
  • 124 Frontiersman
  • 135 Paklite Caper
  • 136 Paklite Boning Knife
  • 140 Paklite Skinner
  • 141 Paklite Large Skinner
  • 191 / 691 Buck Zipper
  • 192 / 692 Vanguard
  • 196 Mini Alpha Hunter
  • 245 Matt Would Go
  • 390 Omni Hunter 10PT
  • 392 Omni Hunter 12PT
  • 401 Kalinga
  • 499 Paklite Guthook
  • 503 Prince
  • 536 / 537 Open Season Skinner
  • 538 / 539 Open Season Small Game
  • 541 Open Season Boning Knife
  • 535 Open Season Moose Skinner
  • 536 Open Season Guthook Skinner
  • 543 Open Season Caper
  • 616 Buck Ops Boot Knife
  • 620 Reaper
  • 650 / 651 / 655 Nighthawk Series
  • 656 / 657 Pursuit Large
  • 896 Rapidfire
  • 898 Impact
  • 658 Pursuit Small
  • 684 Bucklite Max II Small
  • 685 Bucklite Max II Large
  • 808 Talon
  • 822 Sentry
  • 830 /831 Marksman series
  • 891 GCK
  • 893 GCK
  • 907 Expert Hunter
  • 981 Dagger


Buck Knives NOT Made in America
  • 220 Silver Creek Folding Fillet
  • 223 / 225 Silver Creek Fillet
  • 231 Mr. Crappie Folding Slab Shaver
  • 232 / 233 Mr. Crappie Slab Shaver
  • 325 Colleague
  • 327 Nobleman
  • 371 Stockman
  • 373 Trio
  • 375 Deuce
  • 379 Solo
  • 382 Trapper
  • 385 Toothpick
  • 389 Canoe

  • 505 Knight
  • 737 Bow Tool
  • 738 Bow TRX
  • 750 Redpoint
  • 755 Tree Saw
  • 808 Talon FMC
  • 818 Apex
  • 835 Small Folding Selkirk
  • 836 Folding Selkirk
  • 837 Selkirk Firestarter
  • 853 Selkirk Small
  • 863 Selkirk
  • 865 Trigger
  • 870 Bones

Camillus Knives

Cammillus srill makes a few knives in the United States.

Factory Location: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Camillus is not the same company it was before 2007, but that’s not to say it isn’t good. It seems to be benefiting from several innovations that come along with being owned by Acme United, namely the titanium bonded materials they use for handles and blades. They don’t, however, make any knives with those innovations in the US. All their American-made knives seem to be hunting and bushcraft designs with 1095 steel, so I’m guessing all their titanium bonding equipment must be overseas in China or Taiwan.

The Camillus site has a section dedicated to all the knives they make in the USA, which you’d think would make this an easy section to fill out. Their USA knives page doesn’t tell us exactly where their USA factory is, though, and that just seems weird to me. After some digging, I did find that Acme United purchased a factory and distribution center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina back in 2016, and since I can’t find any reference to any other USA factories, I’m going to assume that’s where Camillus makes their American-made knives.

So, unless I find something that tells me otherwise, here’s all the knives Camillus makes in the USA, possibly in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Camillus Knives Made in America

Camillus Knives on Blade HQ

Camillus Knives on Amazon


Case Knives

The American tradition of owning a Case knife is almost as strong as owning a Buck.

Factory Location: Bradford, PA.

The American tradition of owning a Case knife is almost as strong as owning a Buck. There are probably still hundreds of the old Case Trappers riding around in the pockets of fishers and hunters around the country. They are not quite the same company they used to be, though. For one, they’re owned by Zippo now. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up for debate between the nerds who collect them, but either way they’re still making knives in their Bradford factory.

There was some confusion a few years ago when they announced they would be making a few knives in China, because of course people worried (including myself) that meant some Case knife models were being outsourced. It turned out they were just starting a new line of more modern/tactical knives called TecX. So instead of listing out a bunch of individual knives, I’m going to take a shortcut and clarify one thing:

All Case knives are still made in the US. TecX knives, however, are all made in China.

Case Knives on Blade HQ

Case Knives on Amazon


Diamond Blade Knives / Knives of Alaska

The Alaskan made knives are great quality, but hard to find.

Factory Location: Deniston, Texas

This is an odd company (or set of companies). Knives of Alska was founded by Charles Allen, an Alaskan wilderness guide and Texan biologist.

This man apparently came up with a new way of forging knives called “friction folding” which essentially involves an immense amount of pressure applied in a stirring motion along what will become the edge of the knife. It was inspired by the way submarine hulls are welded together. The result is immensely hard knives, supposedly getting edges up to 70 HRC while the rest of the blade usually sits at a lower tool-steel level of hardness. This process is done under the Diamond Blade Knives company name.

Field & Stream has given them a bit of attention if you want to read some good reviews, but they aren’t widely distributed. They don’t seem to have a huge operation as of this writing, so getting one of their knives might take a while, but it seems like anyone who’s gotten one will tell you ecstatically that it’s worth it.

Diamond Blade Knives

Knives of Alaska


Emerson Knives

The philosophy of Emerson Knives is mostly tactical in nature, and they are made in Los Angeles, CA.

Factory Location: Los Angeles, CA.

The Emerson name gets around a lot these days, especially under the Kershaw brand. The Emerson CQC-7 broke the wave on folding tactical knives, and the Emerson factory has kept up a good pace of designing since then.

The philosophy of Emerson Knives is mostly tactical in nature. Earnest Emerson is an avid martial artist who’s been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and has taught classes to various military and law enforcement.

Every Emerson knife I’ve seen personally has been made in the USA, and it’s hard to find anything with his signature that wasn’t. The only knives made under this company’s name that came from overseas seem to be some kind of multi-tool like the multitasker EDC-1 and 2. It looks like all those overseas designs have been discontinued, though, so it’s safe to say that every Emerson knife is a USA-made knife.

Check Price on Blade HQ

Check Price on Amazon


Esee Knives

These fixed blae and folding knives from Esee were made in the USA.

Factory Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

On the whole, Esee only manufactures Esee knives in America. More specifically they have their designs made by their partnered factory Rowen Manufacturing, which is based in Idaho Falls. I suspect the Esee team is too busy running out into the jungle and coming up with new designs to deal with running their own factory, and that’s also probably why all their designs hit it out of the park for survival.

They do license out designs to other companies sometimes, though, and those companies might manufacture overseas. Basically what that means is a knife might have the Esee stamp on it because it’s their design, but all the manufacturing, advertising, and warranty issues are handled by a separate company. So it’s actually easier to just list all Esee knives that aren’t made in America, which is actually only two made by Blue Ridge Knives in Taiwan.

“Esee knives” not made in America

Esee Knives on Blade HQ

Esee Knives on Amazon



Gerber Gear fixed blade and folding knives made in the USA.

Factory location: Portland, Oregon

With Gerber you can usually tell where a knife is made just by checking the steel (aside from looking at the Made in USA stamp, I mean). Generally, if a Gerber knife has a Cr steel like 5Cr15MoV, then it was made in China. If it’s 420HC or (more rarely) S30V or 154CM, there’s a good chance they made it in the states. There are a couple instances of the Chinese Cr blades getting shipped to America and then put together here, but from what I can tell that only happens with a couple models. Now settle in, because Gerber makes a lot of knives, and maybe about half of the products in the new catalog are made here, which actually made me feel the need to separate everything into Folding, Fixed blade, and Multi-tool subcategories. I hope you’re happy, you damn knife nerd.

Knives on Gerber Gear

Gerber Knive on Blade HQ

Gerber Knives on Amazon


Gerber Knives Made in the USA
  • 06 Automatic
  • 06 Combat Folder
  • 39 Series
  • Applegate-Fairbairn Covert (and the Mini, Auto, and Combat versions)
  • Auto 10th Anniversary edition
  • Cable Dawg
  • Center-Drive
  • Combat Fixed Blade
  • Commuter
  • Covert Auto (and Mini version)
  • Crew Served Weapons Tool
  • Crisis Hook Knife
  • Decree
  • Diesel
  • Dual Multifunction Automatic
  • Edict
  • eFECT 1 & 2
  • Emerson Alliance Automatic
  • Empower
  • E-Z Out
  • Fastball
  • Gator Series (1, 2, Gatormate, and Gator Premium)
  • Gator Fixed
  • Ghoststrike Fixed Blade
  • Ghoststrike Punch Knife
  • Guardian Backup
  • Legend MP800
  • LMF II
  • LST (Lightweight, Strong, Tough)
  • Mark II
  • MP400 Compact Sport
  • MP600 Series ( Basic, Carbide, Scout, D.E.T., ST)
  • MP1 Series (MP1-AR Weapons, MRO)
  • Multi-tool
  • Principle
  • Order
  • Propel Auto
  • Prodigy
  • River Shorty
  • Safety Autohook
  • Shark Belly
  • Silver Trident
  • Strap Cutter
  • Strongarm
  • US1
  • US-Assist

Hogue Knives

Two fixed blade Hogue knives and two folding Hogue knives on a white background with the Hogue logo in the bottom left corner.

Factory Location: Paso Robles,CA and Henderson, NV.

Gun owners with custom pistol grips should already be familiar with this name, and with the two other companies partnered with the name: SIG Sauer, and Heckler and Koch.

Hogue has been around since the 60’s, but their venture into the knife world didn’t start until around 2010 when they partnered with custom knife designer Allen Elishewitz. Through all their brands, the company specializes in making tough tactical blades, usually with military and law enforcement in mind.

I can’t find any knives under any of these brands that are made overseas, so it looks like all three names are a signal of US manufacturing in their California and Nevada facilities, however they do outsource their MOLLE straps to Mexico and some of their heat treating is done by a third party in California. Other than that, they do almost everything in house, creating the components in California and assembling in Nevada.

Hogue Knives on Amazon

Hogue Knives opn Blade HQ


Ka-Bar / Becker Knife & Tool

Three different Ka-Bar Becker are made in the USA on a white background.

Factory location: Olean, New York

The Ka-Bar Mark II has a similar iconic status in America to the Buck 110 and Bowie knife. It enjoys a long history in war and hunting and a beautifully simple design that gets copied endlessly. Most of the time when you say “Kabar” people assume you’re talking about the Mark II. They have a pretty interesting history where the manufacturing of the knife and the name branding actually precede the company as we know it today by several decades.

Their own journey with importing knives started back in the sixties when it ceased to be a family-owned business. It traded hands between several different corporations that started manufacturing overseas and taking advantage of the Ka-Bar name. It was partially saved from that fate by a few ardent collectors of original Ka-Bar knives, and then completely saved when Cutco purchased it in the 90’s. Since then they’ve pretty much always been manufactured at least in part in the US.

Ka-Bar has owned Becker Knife & Tool since 2007, when the company that had been manufacturing for them went bankrupt. They’ve been collaborating ever since and I believe knives from both companies share factories.

Ka-Bar and BK&T work independently from Cutco for the most part, but as I understand it, any Ka-Bar or Becker knife made in America is made in the Cutco factory in Olean, New York. They also all seem to be fixed blade, which actually gives us a pretty convenient reference point. If it’s a folder, it was probably made in China or Taiwan.

Update: Ka Bar has recently made a similar partnership with Spartan Blades (now under the Pineland Cutlery Inc name), and are now making the Silver Grade knives for Spartan Blades in their New York factory.

KA-Bar Knives Made in the USA
USMC Style Ka-Bar knivesBecker Knife & Tool knivesOther Tactical and Survival
  • Full Size Ka-Bar, Black (straight and serrated edges)
  • Full Size Ka Bar Foliage Green (straight and serrated edges)
  • Ka-Bar 120th Anniversary U.S. Army Edition
  • Ka-Bar 120th Anniversary USMC Edition
  • Ka-Bar 120th Anniversary US Navy Edition
  • Ka-Bar 120th Anniversary Dog’s Head Edition
  • Ka-Bar Neck Knife
  • Mark I, leather handle (straight and serrated edges)
  • Mark I, Kraton G handle (straight and serrated edges)
  • Short Ka-Bar (straight and serrated edges)
  • USMC Ka-Bar (all blade types and presentation grade)
  • U.S. Army Ka-Bar (straight and serrated edges)
  • U.S. Navy Ka-Bar
  • USMC Short Ka-Bar
  • USA Short Ka-Bar
  • Becker Tuko
  • Becker Companion
  • Becker Tac Tool
  • Becker Combat Utility
  • Becker Combat Bowie
  • Becker Crewman
  • Becker Kephart Fixed Blade (BK62)
  • Becker Necker
  • Becker Remora
  • Becker Eskabar
  • Short Becker Drop Point
  • Becker/Reinhardt Kukri
  • Adventure Potbelly
  • Adventure Gamestalker
  • Adventure Parangatang
  • Adventure Wharnstalker
  • Big Brother, Kraton G
  • Big Brother, leather
  • Combat Kukri
  • D2 Extreme
  • Dog’s Head Utility Knife
  • Ek Commando Presentation Knife
  • Ek Model 4
  • Ek Model 5
  • E.W. Stone Knife
  • Fighter
  • Jarosz Choppa
  • Jarosz Deluxe Hunter
  • Jarosz Globetrotter
  • Jarosz Turok
  • KA-Fillet  6”
  • KA-Fillet 9”
  • Short Tanto (straight and serrated edges)
  • Snody Boss
  • Snody Big Boss
  • Snody Snake Charmer
  • Tanto
  • TDI/Hinderer Hinderance
  • Thunderhorse Thrower
  • Zombie “Zombro”

Ka-Bar Knives on Blade HQ

Ka-Bar Knive on Amazon


Kershaw knives that were manufactured in the USA.

Factory Location: Tualatin, Oregon

So here’s a fun fact: Kershaw is basically the budget line for Zero Tolerance now. Which is weird since Kershaw has been around since the 70’s and the parent company Kai USA didn’t open the Zero Tolerance factory until 2006, but here we are. While Kai makes everything for Zero Tolerance exclusively in America, they spread some of the Kershaw manufacturing around between Japan, China, and Taiwan. Otherwise, Kershaw pumps their stuff out more or less alongside Zero Tolerance blades in Oregon.

Kershaw Knives Made in the USA
  • Bareknuckle
  • Blur
  • Camber
  • Chive
  • Diskin Hunter
  • Dividend
  • Knockout
  • Launch (1 through 10)
  • Leek
  • Link
  • Scallion
  • Shallot
  • Skyline

Kershaw Knives on Amazon

Kershaw Knive on Blade HQ



Two Leatherman multitools in the fanned position on a white background.

Factory Location: Portland, OR

This company is pretty well known as the name behind the pliers-based multitool. They’re so established in that area that even when another company like Gerber makes a multi-tool with pliers, our instinct is to call it a Leatherman.

They started out doing things in Portland, and amazingly they’ve managed to keep their business there since 1983, making their tools in their factory then taking them up into the Cascade Mountains to test them.

This is one of those household names you generally expect to have expanded to make some kind of budget line made in China, but Leatherman has stayed pretty true to form. They’ve been doing everything in Oregon since they started, and now their factory is probably one of the biggest technical marvels in the US knife world.

Leatherman on Blade HQ

Leatherman on Amazon


Medford Knife

Four Medford folding and fixed blade knives on a white background.

According to Medford’s About page, the founder, Greg Medford, is “dedicated to hand crafting and small manufacturing as a part of the new small factory industrial rebirth of America.”

A quick look at their prolific YouTube channel proves the truth of those words. This company does everything in house, including heat treatment of their steels, which is pretty rare for an operation this small. They also source all their steel from American Metal Xchange, which is based in California.

So, USA through and through. It looks like they even make their own Kydex sheaths. There’s nothing I can find that’s outsourced outside the country.

Medford Knife on Blade HQ

Medford Knife on Amazon

Southern Grind

Four Southern Grind knives on a white bacjground.

They make everything in Georgia, and it looks like the majority of their steels are US-sourced, so the majority if not all of the production takes place in the States.

The Southern Grind name should bring up images of the Spider Monkey and Bad Monkey folders. They make some decent modern-style folders that usually sell at a premium, which isn’t to say that don’t make some interesting fixed blade knives, and there’s certainly something to be said for some of the carry systems on their sheaths. When Zack Brown started the company he had the idea to make rugged knives with state-of-the-art materials, so you’ll see a lot of titanium, carbon fiber, and new CPM steels on their designs.

Southern Grind on Blade HQ

Southern Grind on Amazon



The Spyderco knife models that were manufatured in America.

Factory Location: Golden, CO

Spyderco actually started out making knife sharpeners (and they’re still making some of the best sharpeners you can get these days). They’ve been making folding knives since the 80s, and were actually one of the first companies to experiment with one-handed open pocket carries. They had their first folder, the Worker, made in Japan, but now most of the blades for Spyderco knives are made and shaped in the Golden, Colorado factory because they’re really particular about how the blade should look and cut. And since they almost always use very hard, premium steels (usually something like VG-10 or S30V), they have to laser cut all their blades rather than stamp them, which requires fairly specialized equipment that is both expensive to buy and train for.

That being said, Spyderco’s other factories in Seki, Japan and Taichung, Taiwan are not in use for cost reasons. Spyderco is too obsessed with performance to make such a drastic economic decision. They make stuff overseas partly because they needed to spread the workload around, and the blades they’re making over there are still top notch.

Spyderco Knives Made in the USA
  • Autonomy 2
  • Autonomy Coast Guard
  • Lil’ Native
  • Manix 2
  • Manix 2 XL
  • Manix Lightweight
  • Manix 2 Maxamet
  • Military Model
  • Mule Team parts (handle and sheath)
  • Native 5
  • Native 5 Salt
  • Native Lightweight
  • Paramilitary 2
  • Para 3
  • P’Kal
  • P’Kal Trainer
  • Pygmy Warrior
  • Respect
  • Shaman
  • The Foundry
  • UK Penknife
  • UK Penknife Lightweight
  • Waterway
  • Wolfspyder
  • Yojimbo 2
  • Yojimbo 2 Trainer

Spyderco on Blade HQ

Spyderco on Amazon


SOG fied blade and folding knives that are mae in the USA.

Factory Location: Coopersville, MI and Lynnwood, WA

SOG makes most of their knives in China, Taiwan, and Seki, Japan, and mostly focus on more urban tactical designs. They did start pushing hunting and survival designs back in 2014, but they’re still known better for their assisted open and multi-tools than anything.

Over the last couple years they’ve released a handful of knife designs made in their two factory locations in the States with a promise to release more eventually. They put a premium on all of them. I don’t think any run below $150, probably because they’re all sporting S30V or S35V steel, so they seem to be pushing the idea of high quality domestic manufacturing. They didn’t roll out any new designs in the 2018 catalog, so maybe they’re still feeling out the waters with this thing. Either way, we’ll keep an eye out.

Right now, a general rule you can follow is that if a SOG knife is sporting S30V steel, it was put together in their American factories. With something like AUS8 or VG-10 you’re probably looking at Taiwan or Japan, and of course any variation of 8Cr13MoV steel is very likely from China. There are some exceptions to that rule like the Zoom, which has an S30V version made in Taiwan, but the steel still serves as a helpful reference point.

SOG Knives Made in the USA
  • Banner
  • Huntspoint Skinning
  • Pillar
  • Powerlock EOD w/ V-Cutter
  • Strat Ops Auto
  • Tac Ops Auto
  • Twitch II

SOG Knives on SOG’s Official Site

SOG Knives on Blade HQ

SOG Knives on Amazon

Spartan Blades

Three Spartan Blades fixed blade knives at an angle. This American company was started in a mule barn in 2008.


Factory Location: Southern Pines, NC

Spartan Blades was started by a pair of retired Green Berets working out of a mule barn back in 2008. As they’ve grown they’ve kept that production to pretty much the same area. They opened a larger factory in Southern Pines in 2014 and continued their rise, although they always seem to insist on prioritizing quality over quantity, which tends to put their knives on the pricey side of the industry.

Now, though, they’ve started a new umbrella company called Pineland Cutlery Inc. which partnered with Ka Bar to release three new series of knives: Elite, Pro, and Field (or Gold, Silver, and Bronze). These provide designs in a wider range of prices in order to make their knives more accessible. According to the owners, the Gold Series Spartan knives will still be made in the same North Carolina factory, the Silver will be made in New York by Ka Bar, and the Bronze series will be made overseas. There isn’t much information on where exactly overseas the Bronze series is being made, but the partnership with Ka Bar would suggest they’re using the same places based in China and Taiwan.

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20 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide To American Made Knives”

  1. Good choice ‘n stuff, but I think you missed out on one of the major USA made knife brands: Ka Bar. I’ll be honest, I’m Canadian but I love made in US because it’s gonna be great! A Ka Bar is a better choice for a survival knife than a SOG, hands down. Better steel, heat treatment, and ergonomics. I love Spyderco knives, and for a folding EDC knife I think the PM2 is the best choice. Just saying, not trying to be bigoted. Keep it up ‘Merica

  2. Holy crap, I forgot Ka Bar. I knew I was missing something.

    I agree, Lone Wolf. Ka Bar is better than SOG by a large margin, and I like the look of their designs a lot better. I have to give SOG props for their ingenuity though. They make some neat looking stuff, and I have high hopes for new releases from their American made line.

    I’ll update this blog with Ka Bar info as soon as I have the time. Thanks for the suggestion, Wolf.

      • It’s funny you’d ask, because we actually wrote a blog about the best brands for tactical knives. We talk a bit about rescue knives in there.
        But it really depends on what kind of “rescuing” you mean.
        If you’re thinking of some kind of wilderness situation, it’s hard to beat Esee or TOPS Knives (especially the BOB);
        The Spyderco Waterway handles rope really well, and could probably cut a seat belt if you needed it to;
        The Ka Bar TDI Hinderance carries easy and takes a sharp enough edge that it would do pretty well with first aid kit materials (I mean the TDI Hinderance specifically, because the base TDI knife is made in Taiwan);
        There’s also the Gerber StrongArm, which also has softer steel that can take an edge, a nice rubber handle, and a striking pommel that could probably break a window.
        Of all those companies, though, Ka Bar/Becker Knife and Tool probably make the most rescue-style knives within the states that I would actually rely on. You’ll probably find the widest selection of decent rescue knives with them.

    • That’s true. For some reason I thought they had shifted to China, but a quick search shows they’re pretty much all US made now. Thanks, Doug. I’ll put Case knives in here as soon as I have the time.

  3. Bark River in my opinion has the best quality fixed blade knife mfg made in Michigan USA they use some of the best quality steel, handle materials on the market with a fit and finish anyone would be proud to have in there wheelhouse with price points to fit any budget

    • Agree, I’ve found that to do any better than a Bark River you have to go custom. I’ve put together a pretty nice collection of Bark River’s, they sell out of them quick. These days I’m focusing more on the bone or horn handles, I know the steel is going to be high quality regardless. My favorites are the Elmax and I have a CruWear I’m warming up to, but the A2 is excellent, as well.
      I also have a couple of Randall’s, and a special order Randall on the way (five year wait), and they’re not included on this list.

    • We’re in the middle of updating the list right now, so it’ll be getting much much longer here soon. But I also have a vague criteria of only listing companies that do mass manufacturing on a certain scale, so there are some custom shops that probably won’t show up here.

  4. All knives are not equal while most are made for a certain task these days and shopping is risky on the interweb. I recently bought at a gun show the Spyderco Tenacious pocket knife I did not have my glasses with me. That said the blade has China in print on it so does the box I decided to keep the knife has it feels perfect in the hand & once I got it home on the bench it took a nice edge. The Tenacious is a little heavy EDC but for the money I intend to give it a work out and see what happens. To this day collecting knives from as far back as 1930 my favorite is a inexpensive Gerber folder the EZ Skeleton Out made in America. I have carried this blade for EDC 14 years and it has never let me down. American made knives are harder to find in chain stores and now even local hardware stores seem to have Made in China on most of the inventory for sale.
    Take a good look at local venues when you see made in America step up it might be old have some wear and need a little love, you will be glad you did.

  5. Wow, you didn’t even get close to the best brands in this article. I can take Hogue, but the rest of the list is junk. Randall Made Knives and Chris Reeve Knives are far better quality and hold their value even after use when well taken care of.

    • Hi Bryan,
      We appreciate you swinging the shadow of your massive knife opinion over us. Your overcompensating generosity has made us rethink not only the contents of our pants, but our understanding of the point of this article in the first place. We’d just like to thank you for enlightening us about two whole other US companies and congratulate you for winning at knives.

  6. Any reason Ontario Knife Company is missing from the list? They have made many fine USA made military and outdoor knives for many years (e.g. Spec Plus, 499 Air Force Survival, ASEK Survival, and fixed blade RAT models).


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