KA-BAR Launches “State & Union Knives” Factory Custom Shop

In conjunction with their 120th anniversary, KA-BAR has today announced a new venture: State & Union Knives. Essentially an internal custom shop, it looks positioned reach higher than the production confines of the standard lineup. More info along with their first model release after the jump.

From KA-BAR’s latest email newsletter:

OLEAN, NY – In the spirit of the Brown Family Legacy, KA-BAR is excited to introduce State & Union Knives, a new venture that will allow the company to get back to its roots and, for the first time in decades, create hand finished custom designed knives in its shop in the heart of Olean, New York.

State & Union designs are inspired by the craftsmanship and work ethic of those who came before us. They are a reflection of the deep desire of our cutlers to create pieces that demonstrate their skills and expertise.

The Becker Tuko, the first Limited Edition release from State & Union, is available now at KABAR.com. Follow along as we learn and grow on this journey. To be kept abreast of new product releases from State & Union, subscribe to our Instagram page or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Becker about the Tuko. Look for that next week, but until then here are the details on this new knife that has already separated me from my money.

Fans of Ethan’s discontinued set of kitchen knives will be pelased to know that the small santoku in that set was a heavy inspiration for the blade shape on this new knife from KA-BAR.

Becker Tuko – Limited Edition Release
An exclusively U.S. made knife from State & Union, the custom shop at KA-BAR.
OLEAN, NY – KA-BAR Knives is proud to announce the release of the KA-BAR Becker Tuko.

The first production knife and sheath made in the State & Union custom shop at KA-BAR, the Becker Tuko is a Limited Edition offering released in honor of a momentous milestone in KA-BAR’S history.To celebrate KA-BAR’S 120th Anniversary, only 120 pieces of the Becker Tuko will be made and sold exclusively at KA-BAR.com!

Designed in partnership with Ethan Becker of Becker Knife & Tool, as a nod to the KA-BAR kitchen knives of the past, the Tuko has been brought up to date with a popular blade shape and modern finishes.

The 5.125″ flat ground blade is made from tumbled S35VN stainless steel and the handle scales are bone linen Micarta. The knife measures 9.938″ overall and boasts a U.S. made Holstex™ sheath.

We are proud to offer the BK98 Becker Tuko, a labor of love created straight from our custom shop, State & Union, right here in Olean, New York.

Proudly Made in the USA!

Becker Tuko   
Item #BK98                         Blade Stamp: KA-BAR/BK&T
Overall Length: 9.938″        Blade Length: 5.125″
Steel: S35VN
Handle: Bone Linen Micarta
Features: Holstex™ Sheath
Proudly Made in USA



  1. tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    i ordered one. i will get a lot of use out of it. it’s just enough smaller than my chef’s knife to fill in for smaller duties.
    not the greatest (s90v, m390), that’s a pretty big steel for ka bar. i can’t imagine it will let me down in the kitchen.

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