Ontario Knife Company.

Ontario Knife History and Present

One of the most respected and primitive cutlery item makers across the globe, Ontario Knife Company is widely reputed. The company has a rich heritage of 120 years in America. It is known for its items in perfect quality and amazing artisanship.


The company was set up in Naples, New York in the year 1889. The name of the company comes from the county of Ontario in New York, and not the eponymous town in the city as is commonly confused by people. It made its first knives with a grindstone powered by water, and then locally sold it via the neighboring countryside.

The brand has received awards for a number of years. The Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) has conferred the Gold Award on the company. This award recognized the perfect score of the company in deliveries within time, quality and performance. The year 2006 also witnessed the brand being honored by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) with a Material Readiness Award. This recognized its Aircrew Survival Egress Knife (ASEK) that was designed and manufactured for the army.

Ontario Knife – Its Present

With the growth of the company, the need for more tools and space was felt in order to keep pace with the demand. Ontario Knife Company moved its operations to an ancient sawmill at Cadiz, close to Franklinville. Presently, the company has most of its factories located in Franklinville, New York. Queen Cutlery is one of the companies in the group of Ontario Knife, and it is a recognized maker of superior pocketknives. The company is one of the main sellers of knives and blades from private labels.

The brand is known well as a supplier of knives for the military. Through the years, the brand has supplied the USMC OKC-3S Bayonet, the M9 bayonet, the M1942 Machete, the USAF Survival Knife, the M7 bayonet and more to the military force in the U.S. The brand was also chosen to be incorporated in the Air Warrior Equipment System by the army in the United States.

The company collaborates with the Adventure Training from Randall to manufacture a folding knife line of RAT/OKC, produced by OKC and designed by RAT.

Even today, the brand boasts of one of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive item lines. The company has become reputed for its legacy of high quality components and materials, inflexible craftsmanship and a firm commitment to its manpower.