Resolution J2473-2013

Commemorating the 115th Birthday of KA-BAR Knives, Inc. of Olean, New York



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  115th  Birthday  of  KA-BAR
Knives, Inc. of Olean, New York

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and  acknowledge  certain  exemplary companies that strive to
provide superior products within this great Empire State and  throughout
this great Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 115th Birthday of KA-BAR Knives, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS,  On  April  29,  1897, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a
group of 38 men formed a Limited Partnership, known as Tidioute  Cutlery
Company, to manufacture and sell cutlery; and
  WHEREAS,  The  formation  of  Tidioute  Cutlery  Company is now widely
considered to be the origin of KA-BAR Knives, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS, The first sales of cutlery in  1898  mark  the  beginning  of
KA-BAR Knives, Inc., as it is known today; and
  WHEREAS,  Experiencing  financial  difficulties,  the Tidioute Cutlery
Company was dissolved at the turn  of  the  century;  in  January  1902,
Wallace R. Brown purchased the assets of the company; and
  WHEREAS,  By  March of 1902, a new association headed by Wallace Brown
applied to the Governor of Pennsylvania to form  a  corporation,  to  be
known as the Union Razor Company; and
  WHEREAS, On January 25, 1909, Wallace Brown and the Board of Directors
decided the company's name was no longer representative of its expanding
product line and changed its name to Union Cutlery Company; and
  WHEREAS, Shortly after the company's name change, in 1910, the City of
Olean,  New  York,  approached Wallace Brown and the company's Directors
and proposed the company relocate its operation to their city; and
  WHEREAS, Within one year, the Union Cutlery Company began  efforts  to
move  the company; a new State of New York corporation was registered as
the Union Cutlery Company, Olean, New York; and
  WHEREAS, With the Olean facility operating successfully, the Tidioute,
Pennsylvania plant was closed down and by 1912, operations were in  full
swing at Union Cutlery Company's new location in Olean, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  company's  name  "KA-BAR" dates back to the early 1920s
from a fur trapper testimonial; in  his  testimonial,  the  fur  trapper
wrote  that  while  trapping,  his  gun jammed leaving him with only his
knife to kill the wounded bear that was attacking him; and
  WHEREAS, The trapper thanked the company for crafting a knife of  such
exemplary  quality, however, the letter was only partially legible, with
"k a bar" readable as fragments of the phrase "kill a bear"; honored  by
the testimonial, the company adopted the phrase KA-BAR as its trademark;
  WHEREAS,  Each  KA-BAR  knife undergoes a unique manufacturing process
and is tested to ensure corrosion  resistance,  strength,  edge  holding
ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge; and
  WHEREAS,  The  United  States Marine Corps KA-BAR knife is a legend in
the world of knives; first adopted in November 1942, it was one  of  the
general issue knives used by the United States Marine Corps in World War
II; and
  WHEREAS, The United States Marine Corps knife quickly gained populari-
ty,  and  today,  KA-BAR also makes Army and Navy versions of the United
States Marine Corps knife; and
  WHEREAS, A customer-centered focus with an eye on  crafting  state-of-
the-art cutlery is at the core of the company's success; and

  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize and honor milestones in the history of  businesses  in  this  great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 115th Anniversary of KA-BAR  Knives,  Inc.;  and  be  it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to KA-BAR Knives, Inc. of Olean, New York.


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