If you are a knife enthusiast, especially one living in the Tualatin, OR area, you are probably aware of the annual KAI Warehouse Sale. If you are new to the knife community, KAI is the parent company for the brands Kershaw, Zero Tolerance, and Shun (Japanese kitchen knives). Their annual Warehouse Sale is somewhat legendary. All sorts of amazing deals are to be had on a year’s worth of overstocks and factory seconds, knives that fell just short of the company’s strict Quality Control standards.
Overstock knives are covered by warranty, though the factory seconds are not. Most of these have minor cosmetic blemishes, that in no way effects the function of the knives. Often, the only way to tell one of these knives is the XXXX somewhere on the blade, usually on the ricasso. The buyer gets to hand select their blade, so you should be satisfied with your purchase – especially when you buy it for up to 75% off.
Editor Emeritus Chris Dumm attended back in 2013. It really is by all accounts an incredible event.
The annual Kai Warehouse Sale is back and as exciting as ever — with savings up to 75% off. You’ll be able to find Kershaw, Shun, and Kai Housewares products at prices that are sure to put a smile to your face. We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the Sale, and we’re happy to say that it’s almost time. But some of you may have some questions. So, we’ve put together a handy Warehouse Sale FAQ. Feel free to leave a comment below if your question isn’t answered here.
WHEN IS THE WAREHOUSE SALE?
The 2017 Kai USA Warehouse Sale will take place this coming December 1, 2 and 3.
WHERE IS THIS SALE HELD?
At our Warehouse: 18600 SW Teton Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062. Click the address for directions via Google Maps.
WHAT TIME DO YOU OPEN AND CLOSE?
Friday: 9 am – 5 pm (doors close at 5; you can continue checking out until 6)
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm (doors close at 5; you can continue checking out until 6)
Sunday: 9 am – 2 pm (doors close at 2; you can continue checking out until 3)
WHAT IF I’M HANDICAPPED; DO I HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE?
Please come to the back door, on the west side of the building.
DO MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY GET TO ENTER THROUGH ANOTHER ENTRANCE?
Yes. You will need to have a valid military, former military, law enforcement, or other first responder ID or be wearing your uniform. Access is limited to the person with the ID or uniform and one guest only (plus children under 18). With ID, you, one guest, and children under 18 may come to the back door, on the west side of the building.
Please note, the only acceptable identification is:
• You, with your official ID card
• You, wearing your uniform
• For former military members, DD-214 is acceptable ID
CAN I BRING MY CHILD?
As long as your child is under your strict supervision. Please remember that we are a knife company and there will be lots of very sharp knives around at the Warehouse Sale. Please use an abundance of caution and good common sense when bringing young children.
I’VE SEEN LINES AROUND THE BLOCK FOR THIS. ARE THE PRICES REALLY THAT MUCH BETTER?
You’ll save up to 75% off of our Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for Kershaw, Shun and Kai Housewares products. So yes, the savings are pretty great.
ARE THESE “FACTORY SECONDS”?
Many of them are. Usually, what makes any of these knives “seconds” are small cosmetic issues—like a tiny scratch or other blemish that only the trained eyes of our quality control inspectors are likely to see. But you will be able to inspect them for yourself and select the ones you want. You will see “XXXX” engraved on the blade of the factory seconds. Factory seconds are not covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty.
However, in addition to these, there are also many overstock items, as well as one-of-a-kind and few-of-a-kind items. The Warehouse Sale is sort of like a treasure hunt for knife lovers.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking can be a little tough at the busiest times. We will have people directing traffic and helping you find spots. Please remember not to block driveways, fire hydrants, or other cars when parking. Please note that handicapped parking is limited.
HOW CAN I PAY?
Cash, credit cards (including American Express), and checks are all accepted.
CAN I GET MY KNIVES SHARPENED WHILE I’M THERE?
Yes, we will be happy to sharpen Kershaw, Zero Tolerance, Shun, or Kai knives while you shop—with the exception of serrated knives and scissors. (Sharpening serrations takes longer and won’t be possible in the hustle and bustle of the Sale.) Sharpening services are FREE.
ARE SERVICE DOGS WELCOMED?
With their handlers, yes they are. Just be aware that the Warehouse Sale is usually a very crowded with a busy environment. Be prepared.
WILL ANY OF THESE KERSHAW PRODUCTS BE ON SALE ONLINE?
During the Warehouse Sale, we will be having giveaways on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. However, we will not be having any discounts on our website. Be sure to check out our social media feeds if you’re not in the area. Giveaway items include Kershaw swag, knives, and other merchandise while supplies last. Participation is limited to the United States (Oregon and Washington excluded).