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About Katz Knives

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Katz Knives Inc., founded by Keith Derkatz in 1991, is dedicated to crafting high-quality knives, axes, and accessories. Keith personally designs all knives, which are then produced by reputable manufacturers in Japan, Spain, and China. Emphasizing top-notch quality, Katz Knives takes pride in offering some of the finest factory knives on the market, ensuring users a lifetime of satisfaction. Competing with custom-made knives, Katz Knives delivers exceptional quality at a reasonable and fair price, making it a solid investment in premium cutlery with impressive styling and industrial design.

In just a few years, Katz has introduced over 155 different models and variations, including fixed, folding, survival, and pocket knife models. Katz uses proprietary XT80 and XT70 Stainless Steel, testing at 58-59 and 56 on the Rockwell “C” scale, respectively. This excellent stainless steel, known for its resilience, holds and retains an edge to Katz Knives’ high standards. The fixed blade hunting models boast a full 4 or 5mm blade thickness, making them the strongest in the industry. With hollow ground blades, satin finishes, and full tang construction, Katz Knives prioritizes both aesthetics and functionality.

About Our Founder Keith Derkatz

Keith Derkatz, Founder

Keith Derkatz, Founder

Keith Derkatz, hailing from a grain farm in central Canada, developed a deep love for the outdoors and pursued his passion for hunting and shooting. From shooting .22 rifles at an early age to handling 12 Gauge double barrel shotguns at 8, Keith’s childhood experiences sparked a lifelong interest in firearms and hunting. Based in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, Keith’s surroundings offer abundant opportunities for trophy hunting.

As an avid hunter, Keith found existing knife models unsatisfactory and decided to design knives tailored to the needs of hunters, incorporating unique designs.

About Our Steel

  • XT70 – AUS6A Equivalent– 56 Rockwell “C” Scale Hardness
  • XT80 – AUS8A Equivalent – 58-59 Rockwell “C” Scale Hardness
  • 9cr18MoV – AUS10+ Equivalent – 59-60 Rockwell “C” Scale Hardness