Automatic Knife Release Form

You must read and fill out this form before Kai USA, Ltd. can sell to you, or ship to you, any Automatic or Butterfly Knives. By electronically signing this online form, you confirm that you are in compliance with the federal statutes shown below as well as any applicable state and local regulation.

By placing an order or receiving a product service (such as warranty repair service) from us, you agree that you meet any or all of the following criteria:


18 U.S.C. § 1716 (G) (2) (1-4) provides, in summary:

Switchblade (automatic) knives can be shipped to civilian and armed forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the federal government ordering or procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with activities of the Federal government; to supply or procurement officers in the National Guard, the Air National Guard or militia of the state or territory of the District of Columbia ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connections with the activities of such organizations; to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any state or territory of any county, city or other political subdivision of a state or territory ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government.

15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides, in summary:

Knives can be shipped by common carrier; that sale, transportation or distribution, possession or introduction into interstate commerce of switchblade knives is authorized if it is pursuant to a contract with the armed forces; or, any member or employee thereof acting in the performance of his or her duty may possess switchblade knives and may have them shipped to him and sold to him or her. The possession and transportation upon his or her person of a switchblade knife or a blade 3 inches or less is authorized to any handicapped individual who has the use of only one arm.


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Cutlery Excellence Since 1908

The company that would become Kai was founded in Japan’s Seki City in 1908. For over 800 years, Seki City has been the center of Japan’s fine blade-making tradition. Kai’s first products were folding knives, each one made with all the quality, precision, and craftsmanship that made Seki City famous. Next, the company expanded into the manufacture of razors and kitchen cutlery. Today, the Kai Group provides over 10,000 products worldwide, ranging from housewares and fine cutlery to pocketknives, beauty care, and medical products.

Kershaw & Kai

In the 1970s, Kai introduced its products to the US market through its acquisition of Kershaw Knives, a sporting knife brand familiar to US customers since 1974. In addition to the hunting knives and pocketknives for which the Kershaw brand was originally known, Kai added quality Japanese kitchen cutlery and other kitchen tools—all under the Kershaw brand name.

Introducing Kai Housewares

When Kai introduced its premium-quality Shun Cutlery brand to the US in 2002, Kai Housewares became an entity of its own, separate from Kershaw. It would offer affordable and stylish kitchen cutlery at a value price. The creation of Kai Housewares also led to an opportunity to introduce other Kai cutlery to the US market, knives that North American consumers had never seen before.

Exciting New Cutlery

The colorful Pure Komachi and Pure Komachi 2 series brought eye-catching color to kitchens across the US—and sparked many imitators. The graceful Wasabi line combined classic Japanese blade shapes with western blade shapes in a series with traditional Japanese styling. These Kai knives also introduced US consumers to the razor-sharp 16º edge and lightweight handling common to Japanese cutlery. This kind of light, ultra-sharp performance was new to most US cooks, who were more familiar with heavier European-style kitchen cutlery. Both Pure Komachi and Wasabi lines remain popular with consumers to this day.

Next, Kai Housewares introduced the Japanese tsuchime, or hammered, blade finish to the US. Tsuchime is a traditional finish that helps food release more quickly from the blade. PRO, Luna, and Inspire brought this practical blade finish to consumers, along with extremely comfortable handles and Kai’s razor-sharp cutting edge.

Going PRO

In 2018, Kai Housewares developed a knife series designed to deliver professional-level performance to both home cooks and professional chefs. Named Kai PRO, it offered NSF Certification, making it ideal for use in commercial kitchens, as well as high-quality blade steel, a comfortable, durable POM handle, and a hammered blade finish for quick food release.

Since 1908, Kai has been making innovative products, delivering unmatched customer service, and building a recognized name. Kai Housewares makes these quality products available to consumers in North America, adding beauty and practical performance to their daily lives.