Who Lives Near KA-BAR

Jsega51

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I don’t collect KA-BAR knives but I’ve owned a few over the years, mainly carry the Dozier lock backs in the truck and tackle box, plus I’ve given some to friends. I‘m wondering if any members that frequent here are from the area. Not sure why, just general curiosity I guess as I’m reading other areas of the forum.
 

eveled

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If I may expand on your question.

If you live near the factory. Have you ever been there? Is it worth visiting? Tours? Retail shop?
I know the guys who live near the Buck factory get some great deals on limited runs.

Thank you.
 

Don W

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I dont live near there, but I have been to Olean and the area many times. There are no factory tours. There is a small museum with retail space for Kabar/Cutco. It is about 30 minutes away from Case/Zippo museum and retail space as well. Everything seemed to be full retail the times I went.
 

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No factory tours, but there is a Visitor Center with a very small museum and items for sale. The KA-BAR building itself serves as a warehouse and office space and is about eight minutes from the factory where many of the knives are produced.
 

gunsil

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There is no KA-BAR factory so there cannot be any factory tours. The big blue building with the big KA-BAR sign is just offices and warehouse and shipping. KA-BAR is basically a marketing firm, their American made fixed blades are made by Cutco of which KA-BAR is a division of. The Cutco visitors center does have a small collection of older KA-BARs, Alcas, and the Case knives that were made by Cutco. Pitiful collection actually. (no disrespect intended Joe) The best local museum is the American Cutlery Museum in Cattaraugus but it is pretty small and they do have some amazing Cattaraugus knives on display as well as some other knives. It is a great area for cutlery history though, with Case in Bradford a short distance SW and Little Valley, Springville, and Cattaraugus a short distance to the NW.
 

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We did enjoy the Visitors Center and dropped a few bucks also!! 👍😎👍
John 🤠
 

Jsega51

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The KA-BAR building itself serves as a warehouse and office space and is about eight minutes from the factory where many of the knives are produced.

I could possibly shoot some water balloons over 86 with a 3 man slingshot if it’ll help cool you off over there. I hate this weather and my snow shovel is ready for action.
 

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Hey Jake, I still make it to Olean a couple times a year; mainly quick trips to see grandma for the holidays. I don’t really collect KA-BARS either, but can’t pass up a good deal on anything stamped Olean, NY.
 
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