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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Celebrating Over 111 Years

Dedicated to innovation, quality, and our customers

For over 111 years, Kai has been making innovative products, delivering unmatched customer service, and building an internationally recognized name. Today, Kai and its core consumer brands are expanding across the globe, touching the daily lives of people worldwide.

Founded in 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.


The company’s philosophy is summed up in its corporate motto: “To more people, better products.” Kai strives toward this goal every day, producing products designed to help improve the daily lives of its customers. Whether it’s the perfect kitchen knife for preparing a family meal, a work-tough pocketknife to accomplish on-the-job tasks, or the extreme precision of a life-saving surgical blade, Kai products are a part of their customers’ lives.

110 years is just the beginning

The Kai Group’s North American business is Kai USA Ltd. Established in the 1970s, Kai USA provides its customers with the best in sporting and every day carrying knives, tactical and professional knives, and fine, high-performance kitchen cutlery. In its state-of-the-art factory in Tualatin, Oregon, Kai USA manufactures over one million pocketknives annually for its Kershaw and Zero Tolerance brands and employs almost 300 local Oregonians in manufacturing, logistics, sales and service, and research and development. All Zero Tolerance knives, and many Kershaw knives are produced locally. Shun Cutlery is exclusively handcrafted in Japan, while Kai Housewares products are produced in Kai facilities throughout the world.

As the Kai Group continues to innovate and provide a wide range of high-quality products, it will continue to earn both the trust of its customers and a bright future.

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