This thorough article explores the origins of the iconic knife, the company's impact on the world, important collaborations, and much more.Have you ever wondered how a company can survive for more than 100 years? dates back to April 29, 1897, when a group of 38 men formed a limited partnership in New England known as the Tidioute Cutlery Company to make and sell cutlery.This article is within the scope of Wiki Project Brands, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Brands on Wikipedia.
Picked up the knife in the photo below at a local garage sale yesterday. Cole, or the reprint by Mike Silvey, it is shown in there.Some years later, in 1909, the company was renamed Union Cutlery. The story behind that name is that at the turn of the 20th century, a fur trapper had sent a letter to the company.In the letter, he told them how his gun jammed while he was trapping a bear.The Ka-Bar name was established during the 1920s, and that name was (and is still currently) used on the company’s knives.But our story begins before then, back in 1898, when Ka-Bar was originally known as the Tidioute Cutlery Company and they began to sell cutlery in and around Pennsylvania.