The name of the company from the USA - Kershaw - is well known today to all real connoisseurs of elite knives. The established reputation of this company has long been a guarantee of consistently high quality knives. Kershaw Knives is based in Wilsonville, Oregon, USA. The founder of the company was Pete Kershaw, who in 1974 organized a production of cutlery and knives. Kershaw went through a comparatively difficult period as the international markets were flooded with cheap Chinese knockoffs. The decline in sales forced this firm to seek a way out of a difficult financial situation. And the way out was found - the company joined the transnational Japanese concern KAI Cutlery Group. The Japanese retained the Kershaw brand, transferring some of the production to Japan and China.
A historic event in the history of the development of Kershaw Knives happened when Ken Onion took over as the company's designer in the 1990s. His arrival greatly influenced the development of the brand, giving him a powerful impetus forward. Ken's design and tech innovations caught everyone's attention. He has developed and successfully implemented the SpeedSafe quick opening mechanism in many knife models. Knives created by Ken have won the most prestigious professional awards and awards, including the International Knife Award, Overall Knife of the Year, American Made Knife of the Year.
Kershaw today, with the support of the KAI-Group, is leading a large-scale assault on the European market. At the moment, all the cutlery produced by the company is divided into three main brands. This is the Shin brand under which kitchen appliances are produced, and two brands of tactical knives - Kershaw and Zero Tolerance. The design of the Shin-branded kitchen appliances was mainly done by Ken Onion himself. Onion developed knives from the Zero Tolerance series in collaboration with Tim Galian. In addition to Ken Onion, Kershaw, the main brand of the company, was worked by the same Galian, as well as Gavin Hawke, Frank Tsentofante, Ernest Emerson, Lee Williams and a number of other specialists. This list of top-notch knife designers will undoubtedly continue to grow.
True connoisseurs and passionate collectors are well aware of the best knife models produced under the Kershaw brand. Among them, the most interesting are the good old Ti_Hawk, the more modern Sapphire, the Steven Seagal model, in the development of which this unsurpassed master of martial arts participated, and a number of other popular models. Kershaw folding knives, fixed blade pocket knives and Kai professional chef knives made from Damascus steel are also great for everyday wear.