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Knife companies that are out of business in recent years and Knife Industry News




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The following are knife manufacturers that have stopped production or went out of business in recent years.

Parker Cutlery or Eagle Band knives - 1990

Condor - 1985

Edge Mark Brand

Camillus Cutlery - 2007

Western Cutlery - 2007



Colonial - 1998

United Cutlery - 2006


Most of the manufactures listed above stopped production in the last 30 years. The date by each company is an approximate closure date. If you know of a knife company that is out of business that is not on this list please let us know. There are many older manufacturers that are not listed above because they went out of business more than 30 years ago.

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  • Wall Street Journal article How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business was first published on July 25, 2006. The article is poorly researched, highly biased and inflammatory anti-knife. Read Pocketknives are Tools Used by Millions which shows how undocumented numbers and many selective quotations taken out of context where used in the Wall Street Journal article.

    Then listen to Tom Gresham's nationally syndicated Gun Talk Radio Show featuring a one hour program with two guests Les de Asis - Benchmade Knives and Doug Ritter - United States Knife and Tool Association. Click here to listen to the show in mp3 format as a podcast.

  • Camillus Auction by Frank Trzaska --- A bitter sweet tale of the end of Camillus Cutlery.  Oct. 26, 2007
  • Camillus Cutlery closed for good Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - Syracuse Post-Standard.
  • Chesapeake Knife & Tool files Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006
  • National Knife Museum Opens on Nov. 29, 2006 in Sevierville, Tennessee

Source for some of above knife news: Blade Trade Annual 2007

United Cutlery Corporation Announcement - April 2007

To Our Valued Customers

Thank you for being a valued United Cutlery customer. We are excited to share some new and exciting things happening at United Cutlery. We are now operating under new ownership and in a brand new location in Thomasville, Georgia. The Customer Service and Distribution Center have been updated with innovative technology providing ease of ordering and prompt shipping. We are working on getting a new product catalog out as well as a clearance catalog with some unbelievable bargain pricing. Our new contact information is listed below for your reference. As always you can order using our Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-548-0835.

We are very excited about this coming year at United Cutlery. We will have some outstanding new product lines to offer you, in addition to innovative new items from our current best-selling brands such as United, Kit Rae, Gil Hibben and Tomahawk. Thank you for your patience during our brief transition period. We are very happy to have United Cutlery back up and running. We look forward to enjoying a great business relationship with you.

Chris Keller
United Cutlery Corporation

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