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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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 that starting in 2019 we’re going to see a lot more color variation in their American-made knives, especially with their new releases like the Sprint. 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 no longer the case.

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
  • 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
  • 027 Clearwater Fillet
  • 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
  • 245 Matt Would Go
  • 390 Omni Hunter 10PT
  • 392 Omni Hunter 12PT
  • 401 Kalinga
  • 499 Paklite Guthook
  • 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
  • 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
  • 822 Sentry
  • 830 / 831 Marksman series

 

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
  • 500 Duke
  • 501 Squire
  • 503 Prince
  • 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

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

Bushcrafter Fixed Blade

Choker Fixed Blade

CK-9.5 Fixed Blade

DAGR Fixed Blade

SKOL Fixed Blade

Sword Brand Kodiak Hunter

Case Knives

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.

Spyderco

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

 

Benchmade

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.

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

Gerber

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.

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
  • Order
  • Propel Auto
  • Prodigy
  • River Shorty
  • Safety Autohook
  • Shark Belly
  • Silver Trident
  • Strap Cutter
  • Strongarm
  • US1
  • US-Assist

Ka-Bar / Becker Knife & Tool

Heaer for a list of Ka-Bar and BEcker knives that are made in the USA

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.

 

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”

 

Kershaw

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

 

SOG

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