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.


It would be impossible to provide an exhaustive review of the laws that may apply in the various fifty states and in the various counties, parishes, municipalities, and other political subdivisions within each state. By signing this form below, you will be certifying that in addition to complying with federal law, you have determined which, if any, state or local laws apply to you, and that you are acting in compliance with those laws.

No Post Office Box addresses can be used on this form. Item(s) must be sent in going UPS or Fed Ex. No USPS shipments will be accepted. If the address that you have filled out on this form is no longer a valid address, you must contact us and fill out a new form.

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Kai USA Ltd—Home of Kershaw Knives, Zero Tolerance Knives, Shun Fine Cutlery, and Kai Housewares

Kershaw makes pocketknives, sporting knives, work knives, and tactical knives that offer their owners next level style, craftsmanship, and performance. Zero Tolerance, our premium brand, enables users to experience the ultimate in advanced materials, innovation, and precision. Shun provides professionals and home cooks alike with the beauty and performance of the finest kitchen cutlery handcrafted in Japan. Kai Housewares offers an exciting collection of kitchen cutlery designed for beauty, function, ease of use, and value. 

How do we do it? We rely on the expert teamwork of the Kai USA family.

Be Part of Our Mission

At Kai USA, we make tools that help people handle their work with confidence. Tools that are trusted companions on every adventure. Tools that spark ingenuity. Tools that can save lives. Tools that can help feed families. We make the tools that people in all walks of life rely on every single day.

Discover Our Benefits

We believe that people are our most important assets and we strive to recruit and retain great employees for long-term success. Kai USA offers competitive pay and excellent benefits for you and your family, including:

  • Family Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription coverage for employees and their dependents)
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • PTO (paid time off)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Purchase Program
  • Company Sponsored Events
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Matching Program
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Be Part of Our Culture

We are committed to longevity, growth, and sincerity in relationships with our employees and with our customers. We believe in hard work, teamwork, and a positive work/life balance. We keep Kai USA strong through community events like team lunches, holiday parties, lunchtime barbeques, and more. As we continue to grow for the future, we are guided by a dedication to innovation and a commitment to quality.

Explore the Opportunities

Kai USA is a growing company offering excellent opportunities for experienced, dedicated people who want to be a part of our team. If you have a proven track record of success and are looking to enhance your career path, Kai USA could be the right career opportunity for you.

Kai USA ltd is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.