The Bark River Knife & Tool Company is a family-owned business. At Bark River the emphasis is on maximum performance of its products. They use a blend of traditional and contemporary designs and styles. Manufacturing methods are also a blend of modern and traditional to gain needed tolerances while maintaining the subtle features that have produced exemplary cutting implements for centuries.
The goals of Bark River Knife & Tool Co. are to produce only the finest semi-production cutting tools available on the market. These products are aimed for use by genuine outdoorsman who need real performance in the field.
The Specialty-High Quality knife market has steadfastly grown over the last 20 years. This growth, that started with mild interest in the late 1970’s and has snowballed into a major segment of today’s market. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate an exemplary cutting tool.
Bark River Knife and Tool employs A-2 steel carbon steel in most if its knives. A2 differs from other high carbon steels because of the addition of significant amounts of chromium and molybdenum. A2 has a favorable reputation among woodworkers for its superior edge holding properties. Owner, Mike Stewart, has found over his many years making knives that this steel offers the best in edge-holding and ease of sharpening qualities using their proprietary heat treatment, and convex blade grinds. The heat treat applied to Bark River knives is complex and time-consuming, involving two different metallurgical companies.