Ontario Knife Company - An American Tradition In Cutlery Since 1889

Ontario Knife Company - An American Tradition In Cutlery Since 1889

Posted by Clayton on Oct 29th 2012

If you have been an avid knife enthusiast then Ontario knives is a name you have known for a long time. Why? because The Ontario Knife Company has been around since 1889 and proud to be AMERICAN MADE! It is rare these days to find a product in the United States that is actually produced here but this company is all about American pride and tradition.


It all started over a century ago when 3 men from Naples, NY decided to start Ontario Knives but contrary to popular belief it is not named after the Canadian city but rather the county of Ontario  in Naples, New York. Early on in the production process knife making involved a water powered grindstone and they were sold door to door.

In 1902 after the company began to grow they moved it to Franklinville, NY and officially incorporated the Ontario Knife Company name. After much growth and expansion Servotronics would purchase a now public trading Ontario Knife Company along with their sister company Queen Cutlery Company.

Queen Cutlery manufactures pocket knives for collectors while OKC specializes in fixed blade knives.


OKC is very much involved in the United States Military and has been supplying quality cutlery products since WWI when they supplied machete's. Ontario Knife is not only proud to support and manufacture knives for the military, they are the sole manufacturer for the United States Marine Corps OKC3S Multi-purpose bayonet system.


Field & Stream Magazine's "Best of the Best" is one of the most prestigious awards in the world of outdoor gear. Every year the narrow the newest products down to the best in certain categories, In 2011 they awarded Ontario Knife Company's Blackbird SK-5 as "best of the best" in the knife category. Survivalist Paul Scheiter is awarded for coming up with the design of the SK-5. He also owns Hedgehog Leather Works which is responsible for producing the leather sheath for the SK-5.

Click Here to order a Blackbird Sk-5


Ontario knives are truly works of art and some of the best tactical military knives on the market. They also offer hunting, fishing, camping, outdoor, ranger, survival and machete's.

XM Strike Fighter Series Knives

  • Sold only to the military and law enforcement
  • 154 cm stainless steel blade
  • Auto open with safety and secondary safety lock
Spec Plus Next Generation Knives
  • Designed for military, sporting and rescue purposes
  • 1095 carbon steel blades
  • Kraton handles
Ranger Knives
  • Made to be tough and durable
  • Military grade and Made in the USA
XM Folders
  • XM series folding knives are folders with a heavy duty contruction
  • Tactical fixed blade style handle
  • Light balanced alternative to spring loaded blades
  • No spring assist or spring load for longer life
Camping, Outdoor, Survival Spec Plus Generation II
  • Functional outdoor survival knives
  • Full tang with water jet precision cut
  • Black powder coat for corrosion/rust protection
  • Kraton handles
OKC Machete's
  • I-18 Machete Manufactured under Government specs for over 60 years
  • 12", 18" and 22" blades
Ontario Rat Knives
  • Extremely durable
  • 1095 carbon steel blade
  • 8 options to choose from
Rescue & Multi-tools
  • Strap cutters
  • Rescue folders
Hunting & Fishing
  • Built by hunters and outdoorsmen
  • Fillet knives
  • Sport utility scissors