Bark River Knives 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 Knives 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 Knives 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. Bark River has employed several other Steels in the past years including; CPM 3V, CPM 20CV, CPM 154, ELMAX, and several more.