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Overview

We are KA-BAR or more formally, KA-BAR Knives, Inc., a subsidiary of Cutco Corporation. You may know us from our high quality military, hunting, sporting, all-purpose utility, and outdoor survival knives.

We offer more than 100 quality cutlery products and accessories sold through independent retailers, distributors, mail order catalogs and our online knife store.

KA-BAR History

KA-BAR History

We've been making knives since 1898 and each knife undergoes our unique manufacturing processes and testing to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.

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Our Most Famous Knife

Our Most Famous Knife

The USMC KA-BAR is an icon and a legend in the world of knives. It was one of the general issue knives to the United States Marine Corps in World War II and quickly gained popularity. This knife remains the first choice for many men and women of service who carry it as their personal option knife still today.

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Our Parent Company - CUTCO Corporation

Our Parent Company - CUTCO Corporation

CUTCO Cutlery is the largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories in the United States and Canada. Vector Marketing is the exclusive marketer of CUTCO products, which are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada by authorized sales representatives. Both CUTCO Cutlery and Vector Marketing are subsidiaries of CUTCO Corporation.

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How KA-BAR Got Its Name

How KA-BAR Got Its Name

Our name dates back to the early 1900's from a fur trapper testimonial. He wrote that while trapping, his gun jammed leaving him with only his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. He thanked us for making the quality knife that helped him to kill a bear, but all that was legible was "K a bar". Honored by the testimonial, the company adopted the phrase KA-BAR as their trademark.

Our Visitors Center

Our Visitors Center

The CUTCO/KA-BAR Visitors Center showcases the growth of CUTCO and Vector Marketing Corporation - the exclusive marketer of CUTCO - and portrays the rich heritage of KA-BAR knives. Learn how products are made and sold. View antique kitchen cutlery, military and pocket knives, as well as historical photographs and documents.

Visitors Center Hours
(Memorial Day through Christmas)
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

CUTCO/KA-BAR Visitors Center

1040 East State Street
Olean, New York 14760

Phone (716) 790-7000