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Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when Knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. In 1998 the main production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon; due to growth, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003. Current manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin (main factory).

The current company is named KAI USA Ltd, and has three lines of products; the original Kershaw Knives name, Shun Cutlery, which sells kitchen cutlery,[3] and Zero Tolerance, a new line of combat knives. The Zero Tolerance line represents joint designs between custom knife makers Ken Onion, Tim Galyean, and Strider Knives; a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each knife is donated to the Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund for the Paralyzed Veteran's of America.

Ken Onion is Kershaw's best-known designer, who has won numerous awards for his designs with the company since 1998, such as his Speed-Safe opening models. Shun Cutlery offers knives designed by both Ken Onion and Food Network personality Alton Brown. Kershaw has also collaborated with custom knife makers Grant and Gavin Hawk and Frank Centofante.

In 2002 Kershaw released a model which was a collaboration between custom knife maker Ken Onion and Stephen Seagal featuring actual stingray leather on the handle.[9] In 2004 Kershaw developed a multi-tool for the National Geographic Society with National Geographic filmmaker Bryan Harvey. Kershaw has also released models in collaboration with Jeep, Orange County Choppers, the American Professional Rodeo Association, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

  2007 - The legend continues.
  Kai USA Ltd., in proud partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, introduce ZT (Zero Tolerance) Knives, a NEW division focused on the research and development of combat-ready knives designed to meet the rigorous demands of the military and law enforcement.

ZT’s “Mudd” knife, model 0500 wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Most Innovative American Design” award. Kai USA Ltd. wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Publisher’s Award” for its partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Shun Elite 10” Chef’s knife, model SG0405 wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Kitchen Knife of the Year” award. Kershaw’s E.T. (External Toggle), model 1900 wins IWA “International Knife Award”. Kai USA Ltd. wins the Sur La Table “Vendor of the Year” award.
  Kai USA Ltd. (Kershaw Knives and Shun Cutlery) sweep Blade Magazine’s Blade Show with an unprecedented 4 awards! The E.T. (External Toggle), model 1900, wins the “Most Innovative American Made Knife of the Year” award. Kershaw’s OffSet, model 1597 with its technologically advanced “MIM-HIP” (metal injection-molded blade and 3-D machined handle) wins the “Overall Knife of the Year” award. Shun’s Ken Onion 8” Chef’s Knife, model DM0500
wins “Kitchen Knife of the Year” and the Spyderco Spyker, model C96 wins the “Knife Collaboration of the Year” award.

Professional Bull Rider Guilherme Marchi sponsored by Kershaw Knives wins the PBR World Finals Average Champion title and finishes the season ranked second in the world.
  Kershaw’s “National Geographic” Carabiner Tool, model 1004 with it’s patented features wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Most Innovative Import Knife of the Year” award.

Kai USA Ltd. moves it divisions (marketing, manufacturing, R&D, warehousing and shipping) to a new state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. facility located in the beautiful Tualatin valley just minutes south of Portland, Oregon.
  Kai USA Ltd., expands its marketing presence in the United States by introducing the “Shun” line of cutlery and establishes a Housewares division to compliment the exploded growth of Kershaw Knives. The Shun Classic 8" Santoku, (kitchen knife) model DM0718, wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Kitchen Knife of the Year” award.
  Kershaw introduces Ken Onion’s Leek with SpeedSafe®, model 1660VIB, the first knife with a (Rainbow Finish), wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “Overall Knife of the Year” award.
  Kershaw’s Ken Onion designed Black Chive, model 1600BLK with SpeedSafe® wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “American Made Knife of the Year” award.
  Kershaw’s Ken Onion designed Boa, model 1580 with SpeedSafe® wins IWA “International Knife Award”.
  Kershaw introduces the first Ken Onion designs with SpeedSafe®. Random Task, model 1510 wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “American Made Knife of the Year” award.
  Kershaw introduces the first Ken Onion designs with SpeedSafe®. Random Task, model 1510 wins Blade Magazine’s Blade Show “American Made Knife of the Year” award.
  Under the direction of Mr. Koji Endo, CEO of Kai Corp., Japan, Hiroshi (Jack) Igarashi of Kai Corp, Japan is appointed Executive Vice President of Kai USA Ltd. dba Kershaw Knives.

Kershaw Knives expands Wilsonville facility to include manufacturing, marketing and warehousing. One of the first products to be manufactured in the USA by Kershaw Knives was the Multi-Tool, model A100C, with its unique, adjustable pliers and thumb-stud one hand opening knife blade.
  Alaskan Blade Trader model 1098AK, with its patented gut-hook skinning blade was added to Kershaw’s ever expanding product line.
  Two new series added to Kershaw’s product line; Liner Lock series and the unique Lever Action series.
  Kershaw’s ever popular Blade Trader series receives a new handle design, and the line is expanded to include a Hunter’s Blade Trader and Fisherman’s Blade Trader.
  Kershaw’s limited-edition Scrimshaw originals by renowned artist Walter Alexander, expands to include hunting dogs, African wildlife, waterfowl and North American wildlife.
  New series added to the Kershaw product line; American Hand-Crafted Stag, Saber Tooth folders, Maniago work knives, and a new line of dress knives and accessories.
  D.W.O., the biggest selling small knife inspires bold new colors. Taskmaster Shears introduced.
  In memory of Delley Wade Officer (1960-1984), the D.W.O. model 3000 was added to the Officer Ranch Series.
  Kershaw moves into its new facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.
  Kershaw expands its market into Europe, as Kai Cutlery Europe.
  Kershaw expands the line of Field knives, Folding Pocket knives, and introduces its Floating Fish Fillet knives.
  Kai Cutlery Co. Ltd. purchases Kershaw Knives and creates Kai USA Ltd. (marketing), Kai Cutlery Hong Kong Ltd. (marketing).
  Kai Cutlery USA Ltd. (marketing).
  Kershaw Knives opens for business in Lake Oswego, Oregon with its no-hassle, lifetime guarantee.

European Liaison Office, Düsseldorf, West Germany.
  Kai Cutlery Center Co., Ltd. (research and development).
  Endo Cutlery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (kitchen cutlery manufacturing).
  Sanwa Cutlery Industry Co., Ltd. (nail clippers, scissors and cutters manufacturing).
  Sanwa Precision Works Co., Ltd. (manufacturing and machinery).
  Kai Razor Co., Ltd. (razor and blade manufacturing).
  Sanwa Cutlery Co., Ltd. (marketing company established).
  Endo Manufacturing Co. (manufacturing and Marketing).

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