Many of SOG's folding knives and multi-tools are made or assembled in the United States, with the higher priced folders being made by G.Sakai in Seki City.
Folders = folding knife, folding pocket knife
> greenbearI was surprised that you know "肥後守 Higonokami". ∑(・ω・ﾉ)ﾉ It seems that there is a little boom overseas as well. I owned a cheap higonokami when I was an elementary school student. At that time, most children owned it.We used it to sharpen the pencil, engraved chopsticks to make rubber band gun, cut out cardboard to make a mask, etc.My father used it for gardening. ( ´ー`)。о（Nostalgic）...But unfortunately I don't know that well. m(_ _)m Maybe you know it better than me.Sorry for not meeting your expectations. I also look forward to someone posting about it. o(^∇^)o
The SpydeRench is made in the USA as well as the SpyderFly.Amanda HinnenCustomer ServiceWarranty & RepairTeam Spyderco820 Spyderco WayGolden, CO 804031 800 525 7770 x255CustomerService@Spyderco.com"Make it a great Day"
I heard that the manufacturing process was first manufactured in the United States, then all parts were sent to Japan and assembled in Japan.Some parts did not combine well and production was interrupted many times. Naturally, the number of arrivals in Japan was extremely small and the stock shortage was repeated.It's a legendary tool.
Great find, Mechanickal! （ ＾ω＾）b Please cherish the mint one. But I am worried, because I heard there is "two is one and one is none" rule.(￣ー+￣)
Beginnings; The beginning dates back 30 years. (* This manuscript was written in 2003.) One day, a young man visited our office. He told me that he was the eldest son of a factory that produces knives for export in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture.He told me that he saw an advertisement for our imported knives in a magazine, then said, “You seem to be importing high-class knives, but we can also make high-class knives in Japan”. He proudly lined up several knives on the table.I think I felt cheeky about this confident young. I said, looking at the knives lined, “These are toys, existing a completely different dimension from the knives we're dealing with. No one think high-class, except you." This young man from Seki City was Yuuhei Sakai, now President of G.Sakai Co., Ltd. This was the first encounter of our company and G. Sakai, and I think it was also the start point of Silver Knight. Mr. Yuhei was surprised at the unexpected answer and didn’t know what to do. I took Gerber and Buck knives from the shelf and explained everything that was different from his knives. I criticized many things very severely without hesitation. Mr. Yuhei listened silently and went home. After that, I forgot the event. One day, Mr. Yuhei came again. He used my critique as a reference, studied a lot, improved his knives, and tried them again. At this time, I started to think that he might be the person who would realize the dream of making high-class knives that I had for many years. I enthusiastically explained to him what needs to be improved, described what high-class knives are, asked him to bring something improved again. To cheer him up, I even said that if he brings a good knife next time, I will buy it. After this, Mr. Yuhei began to make round trips between Seki and Osaka. I had dealt with Gerber for a long time, so I explained to James R. Raske, vice president of Gerber at that time, the excellence of Japanese knives and had asked him to deal them as much as possible. At that time, business in the United States was booming. Production of knives could not keep up with demand. President Pete Gerber was very pride and was not interested in Japanese knives. But he knew that Japanese cameras, watches and TVs were excellent. He might have expected that a Japanese knives would be equally good. Mr. Raske was motivated little by little because I persistently proposed it. Thanks to his persuading the boss, Gerber decided to conditionally import Japanese knives. It was severe condition that if the quality is not as expected, the deal ended immediately. However, after that, this deal will last for over 25 years.
Remembering the A100:the Kershaw that left a legacy in the multi-tool marketIn 1997, KAI USA was in great need of a hit product, inspiring Kershaw designers to conceive their boldest project yet. The result? Kershaw released the groundbreaking “A100 Multi-Tool”.The first, most obvious feature is found in the tool’s pliers. This multi-tool was the first ever to feature locking plier jaws. Users could tighten or loosen the pliers with the tension adjustment, achieving the perfect grip around an object.Being a Kershaw, it’s only natural for the A100 to incorporate a sharp blade. Without opening the handle, A100 owners could easily open the blade from outside of the tool with one hand. The combo edge locked into place with a reliable liner lock.Inside the handle itself, you could take advantage of a screwdriver, a bottle/can opener, a two-sided file, a flathead screwdriver and a replaceable hacksaw blade.The A100 holds a special, unique place in KAI USA history. And even though Kershaw isn’t known for multi-tools, the product is still defined by one word: “quality”.
Koji ( * the third generation president) also introduced new measures for KAI USA, whose business conditions had been deteriorating due to the strong yen at the time. He believed that what’s sold in the US should be designed by Americans, and that it is best to make them in the US. In 1996, a 25-year-old factory manager worked with 10 employees to start developing a multi-tool with an included pocket knife. ( * In the Japanese version, it’s interesting that this part is “to produce a multi tool that incorporates a vise function into a Leatherman tool”.) Through trial and error, the product was finally completed in 1997.
What a great job of cataloging these tools