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Bear & Son Cutlery - An American Company

Updated on February 29, 2012
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Bear & Son Cutlery – An American Company

Bear & Son Cutlery is an American company. In 1991 Herman McIntosh, Ken Griffey and Greg Cook bought the Parker Edwards knife making facility in Jacksonville, Alabama. The facility was known for producing Damascus steel knives. They started Bear MGC Cutlery. The three men brought experience from W. R. Case, Gerber, and Parker Edwards. Many of the original employees had experience with Parker Edwards, Chicago Cutlery and Gerber. They started with an experienced group and it shows. The new company won many Blade Magazine awards and in 1995 they invented the most innovative multi-tool on the market according to Blade Magazine.

In the following years Swiss Army Brands, Inc bought Bear MGC and Herman McIntosh and Greg Cook retired. Ken Griffey managed the Jacksonville facility for Swiss Army Brands, Inc. They continued to make fine “Made in the USA” Knives. In 2004 Ken Griffey, with his wife and son bought Bear back from Swiss Army Brands, Inc. They renamed the company Bear & Son Cutlery. The new company created and released the Custom Heritage Line, one of the hottest new collectable lines on the market.

Bear & Sons is committed to make the best knife possible. They make an affordable made in America product. The staff at Bear is experienced and dedicated to making a knife that will live up their slogan, “Everyone Respects a Bear”. They use the highest quality material and craftsmanship to produce a knife you will enjoy.

Bear also uses a dated dotting system, which is stamped on the blade, to help collectors determine the year the knife was manufactured. A bear knife is a quality knife. They use High Carbon 440 steel for their hollow ground blades. They hand match the blade and locking bar. Contact points are hand polished to make a smooth operating knife. The bolsters are Nickel silver. The liners are thick brass. The handles are contoured to fit the hand.

Bear makes a fine line of knives they call 4th Generation, which range in price from $27.49 for a peanut with a Yellow Delrin handle to 105.99 for a two blade folding hunter with and red stag handle and a leather belt sheath.

Bear offers Damascus which is made in Alabama, near their Jacksonville, Alabama location. Bear also has a Custom Heritage series for collectors which was started in 2004 and is gaining popularity. Bear is committed to developed new and exciting products such as their new Bear OPS line of tactical and military knives. Bear OPS uses the premium 154cm and COM-S30V steel and are designed and engineered by Bear. Bear & Son has collaborated with David Yellowhorse, a Navajo silversmith and artist, on two new 2011 knives in a very limited edition of 100 each. Using natural materials David creates a handle design that is a unique work of art. Of course Bear still makes multi-tools.

Bear is unique because they make their knives in-house. Other knife manufactures have parts made elsewhere and shipped to them for assembly. Bear makes their knives in the Bear shop. To insure the quality of their knives they build blanking dies, do their own heat treating, grinding, assembly and hand finish each knife. They are committed to make them in America and to make them affordable. You can view their complete line at You will be impressed.


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