FILLING THE NEED
BEAR & SON’S TACTICAL BEAR OPS ADDS DEPTH TO THEIR ECLECTIC LINE
Get behind the scenes of Bear & Son’s tactical Bear OPS line in our discussion with President Ken Griffey. BY KNIVES ILLUSTRATED STAFF
Arich family tradition in knifemaking led to the creation of Bear & Son Cutlery. Setting them apart from other companies is their full, self-contained factory. Bear & Son Cutlery does everything inhouse from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand-finishing their products. All of this ensures that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality That tradition led to the Bear OPS line, a recent addition to their inventory.
We interviewed Ken Griffey, president of Bear & Son Cutlery, to get more information about this newer tactical line of knives.
KI: When you introduced Bear OPS, what prompted you to go this direction? Ken: We went with Bear OPS because we had seen the need. We work with our customers very closely and started to have more and more people asking us, “Do you have this type of knife?” We had the right equipment, so we jumped on the chance to do it.
KI: Describe the line. Ken: The line started off with a straight-line fighting knife, a military-style knife. Then we had MC, that stood for Manual Control. We had AC, which stood for Automatics and B, which stood for Butterflies. So, it just gave us a complete line out there in the tactical side. We have grown the line over the last few years.
KI: What makes the knives unique? Ken: We worked with some military gentlemen that we know personally, as well as some police agencies and SWAT teams. Together we came up with some designs that would meet what they needed both on duty and off duty. We started with reliability,
a strong blade that keeps an edge, easy to sharpen and comes with a dependable holster that doesn’t compromise the user’s valuable duty belt real estate. If it’s one of our folders, the pocket clip needed to hold the knife in place while on the move but also quick to draw without snag or delay. Weight was another factor when we designed the Bear OPS line; we needed to provide a knife that’s lightweight but still capable of regular and extreme police/military tasks. Our first responders and military members are paid on a limited budget, which is why we offer our quality knife products at a price they can afford. We also include a lifetime warranty with all of our Bear OPS products, providing piece of mind to the men and women who carry and depend on knives to assist them in their day-today operations.
KI: How competitive is the world of tactical knives? Ken: There are a lot of players in it. I think the thing that sets us apart is that our products are made in the USA. That really helps distinguish us from some of the others that aren’t made in the USA. Fortunately, most of the guys that are into tactical stuff want products made in the U.S.
“WE WORKED WITH SOME MILITARY GENTLEMEN THAT WE KNOW PERSONALLY, AS WELL AS SOME POLICE AGENCIES AND SWAT TEAMS.”
The 5-inch Bold Action V is a solid example of the high quality automatics available through Bear OPS that is perfect and ready for duty.