Automatic Knife Release Form

You must read and fill out this form before Kai USA, Ltd. can sell to you, or ship to you, any Automatic or Butterfly Knives. By electronically signing this online form, you confirm that you are in compliance with the federal statutes shown below as well as any applicable state and local regulation.

By placing an order or receiving a product service (such as warranty repair service) from us, you agree that you meet any or all of the following criteria:


18 U.S.C. § 1716 (G) (2) (1-4) provides, in summary:

Switchblade (automatic) knives can be shipped to civilian and armed forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the federal government ordering or procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with activities of the Federal government; to supply or procurement officers in the National Guard, the Air National Guard or militia of the state or territory of the District of Columbia ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connections with the activities of such organizations; to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any state or territory of any county, city or other political subdivision of a state or territory ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government.

15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides, in summary:

Knives can be shipped by common carrier; that sale, transportation or distribution, possession or introduction into interstate commerce of switchblade knives is authorized if it is pursuant to a contract with the armed forces; or, any member or employee thereof acting in the performance of his or her duty may possess switchblade knives and may have them shipped to him and sold to him or her. The possession and transportation upon his or her person of a switchblade knife or a blade 3 inches or less is authorized to any handicapped individual who has the use of only one arm.


It would be impossible to provide an exhaustive review of the laws that may apply in the various fifty states and in the various counties, parishes, municipalities, and other political subdivisions within each state. By signing this form below, you will be certifying that in addition to complying with federal law, you have determined which, if any, state or local laws apply to you, and that you are acting in compliance with those laws.

No Post Office Box addresses can be used on this form. Item(s) must be sent in going UPS or Fed Ex. No USPS shipments will be accepted. If the address that you have filled out on this form is no longer a valid address, you must contact us and fill out a new form.

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Precision and Craftsmanship

Every Kershaw knife starts with American innovation, American design, and American engineering. It comes to life with precision manufacturing and meticulous quality control—either in our Tualatin, Oregon factory, located in one of the USA’s greatest centers of knife manufacturing, or in our overseas manufacturing facilities. Manufacturing depth like this enables us to build products for every budget and to meet demand throughout the US and worldwide.

Building a million knives each year

While a knife may look simple, it’s actually a complex piece of machinery. And, when it comes to production brands like Kershaw—building a million knives each year—the complexity only gets amplified. From CNC machines, precision grinders, lasers, and a factory-full of specialized equipment to hand assembly and sharpening by hundreds of skilled workers, what it takes to get that knife into your hands is nothing short of amazing.

The process begins

It always starts with function. What kind of knife do the end user, our retailers, and the market want and need? What style of knife should it be and at what price?

Once these questions are answered, our award-winning designers will create dozens of options for each knife. Finally, one is selected.

From design to prototype

Next, each individual part of the knife, from blade to screws must be designed in real dimensions on the computer. The designer ensures the parts fit together precisely, function properly and, based on the knife’s ultimate purpose, chooses the materials we’ll use.

Now, the design is prototyped. Skilled machinists build about a dozen knives by hand. Based on their feedback, we refine the design as needed to make it production-ready.

Becoming production-ready

Next, each part must be translated to programs that interact with our production machinery. The machining and engineering teams write and refine these programs for each part in the “assembly,” that is, all the parts that make up the knife. In addition, the fixtures—the devices that locate and hold the individual pieces during the manufacturing process—must be designed, engineered, and programmed.

Making your Kershaw

If the knife is being manufactured in our Oregon facility, this data now goes to our production team. If it is being manufactured in China, it goes to the Chinese production team. Production begins, with parts manufactured, and assembly underway.

All along the way, Kershaw Quality Control (QC) is in place—from parts inspection to final inspection before shipping. Our China-made products receive additional QC before they leave the factory, then again when they arrive in Oregon.

Manufacturing for quality

From our warehouse facility, Kershaw knives are shipped to Kershaw Authorized Dealers throughout the US and the world. And every single one is backed by our Limited Lifetime Warranty.

We stand behind every Kershaw knife. From high-end, premium-materials knives to value-priced models, every Kershaw provides plenty of bang for every hard-earned buck. Even our budget knives incorporate high-end technology. Because everyone deserves to own a knife with the style and function they really want. We are proud to be able to bring knife users products that they, in turn, are proud to own, carry, and use.


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