FILL­ING THE NEED

BEAR & SON’S TAC­TI­CAL BEAR OPS ADDS DEPTH TO THEIR ECLEC­TIC LINE

Knives Illustrated - - News - BY AMELIA EARL | PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF BEAR & SON

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.

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