Getting Ready For The Kershaw Warehouse Sale

Kershaw Warehouse Sale

I hate going shopping the day after Thanksgiving. For years I thought ‘Black Friday’ referred to the horror and misery of shopping on the most offensive and unpleasant faux-holiday of the American calendar. It still does for me, and I usually go shooting instead. We call it Black Rifle Friday.

I’m saving my shopping pennies for next Friday, because there’s one consumer event coming up that absolutely kicks the Annual Norstrom’s Sale to the curb: Kershaw’s annual Warehouse Sale.

Image courtesy Kershaw Knives/KAI USAKershaw only throws their doors open to the public for a few days each year, offering odds and ends from the entire Kershaw/Shun/Zero Tolerance catalog at (hopefully) fire-sale prices. These photos show the crowds both outside and inside KAI’s Tualatin warehouse, stocking up on edgy stocking stuffers.

It all goes down December 6-8th. I’ll be there bright and early, or maybe later in the day when TTAG’s Nick Leghorn is in town. Click on either of the photos for more information, and ping me at if you’re thinking of going.



  1. MikeH says:

    I just wish they offered some of these deals online for those of us that can’t trek across the country to their location oh well I guess it saves me money

  2. Matt in FL says:

    Good luck finding something awesome!

  3. John F. MacMichael says:

    I have gone to the Kershaw Warehouse Sale several times. It is fun and a great way to pick up some bargain blades. However, I would warn anyone thinking of doing this to be aware of a couple of things:

    First, to get inside one must stand in line outdoors for at least 2-3 hours. Keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.

    Second, once one is inside, the warehouse is very crowded. I was reminded of the hazards of this situation year before last when, as I was leaning in to look at a table loaded with knives, the young boy ahead of me spun around with an open knife in his hand and came within a shaved ace of stabbing me with it.

    On a more positive note, the staff there will sharpen for free any two Kershaw knives for you while you shop. Also, the USMC Toys for Tots drive will be there. Be sure and contribute!

  4. Phydeaux says:

    I too have been several times. I usually get in line about 7am and get inside by 11am. Come later and expect to wait longer. The line continues bit inside the door, winding through the factory. While liability considerations keep things draped and somewhat obscured, it is cool to look at the different equipment for cutting, grinding and finishing parts.

    There’s a huge amount of Shin cooking knives (always a good choice for wives and girl friends), many Kershaws and only a few ZT – which usually sell out by noon the first day. Many of the Kershaw folks behind the tables are product managers with extensive knowledge about their products.

    Most of the knives are factory seconds and are marked “xxxx” on the blade. Last year there were also some Kershaws in bubble pack retail packaging. These knives had no “xxxx” marks.

    Prices are usually 40 to 60 percent off list. It’s like being a kid in a candy shop, although it is all too easy to run up a $500 total once you hit the check out counter with all your goodies.

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