KA-BAR Knives and Spartan Blades Combine Forces, Form Pineland Cutlery

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    OFFICIAL_KA-BAR Moderator Moderator

    Aug 3, 2011
    KA-BAR Knives and Spartan Blades are proud to announce the formation of a new joint venture, Pineland Cutlery.

    Both companies have strong ties to the military. KA-BAR, formed in 1898, rose to prominence during World War II with the popularity of the 1219C2 Fighting/Utility Knife. Spartan Blades was created by Curtis Iovito and Mark Carey, two Special Forces veterans who built a company to craft high-end fixed blade and folding knives designed to withstand the rigors of military service around the globe.

    “The creation of Pineland Cutlery is a force multiplier for both KA-BAR and Spartan Blades,” said KA-BAR CEO John Stitt. “We are excited to work hand and hand with Spartan.”

    “We are proud to be partnering with one of the largest and most storied companies in the USA. By partnering with KA-BAR we are expanding our footprint internationally and will benefit
    from their manufacturing and distribution expertise,” said Curtis Iovito, co-owner of Spartan Blades.

    KA-BAR brings long-term distribution relationships, manufacturing expertise, and operational expertise, positioning Pineland Cutlery well in our industry.” Said Mark Carey, Co-owner Spartan Blades.

    KA-BAR is traditionally known as a budget-friendly manufacturer with a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service. KA-BAR’s ability to leverage American mass production and an existing network of dealers and distributors provides Pineland Cutlery with the opportunity for growth. Spartan Blades reputation for producing high-end, mission-specific fixed blades, quality USA-made folding knives, and close ties to the US military provide a premier element to Pineland Cutlery.

    “Mergers, partnerships, and most importantly friendships are something that KA-BAR has been built on. It is at our core; it is in our values. It is something everyone who has a KA-BAR story knows,” said Stitt. “Curtis and Mark have been friends of ours for a long time. We are thrilled we get to work more closely with them in an official capacity. Spartan Blades brings certain elements to the table that are very hard to find and even harder to cultivate.”

    Pineland Cutlery will be headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. KA-BAR Knives is located in Olean, NY. Spartan Blades is located in Southern Pines, NC. To learn more about Spartan Blades visit spartanbladesusa.com. To learn more about KA-BAR visit KA-BAR.com
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  2. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Very interesting, I hope this venture works well for all!!
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  3. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Good deal. Looking forward to seeing what happens.
  4. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    saw this on FB the other day -- looking forward to seeing what kind of offerings the new company makes.
  5. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
  6. RelaxedGuy


    Apr 13, 2018
    I can't wait. I love Spartan Blades
  7. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    I wonder if they will be able to make the spartan harsey folder come down and price a little bit and get a smoother action. That would be awesome
  8. NCSlice


    Feb 22, 2015
    That’s in my back yard!
    Might have to take a little road trip soon
  9. sixplymaple

    sixplymaple Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2018
    F yeah!
  10. BRL


    Apr 27, 2011
    Dang... Bye bye, money!
  11. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    @OFFICIAL_KA-BAR, I’m very enthusiastic about this news but I’m having a little bit of a hard time following what is actually going on.

    On Instagram, under separate accounts both Pineland and Spartan seem to be posting the exact same things. All the blades being shown are marked with the Spartan logo. I haven’t seen anything specifically marked “Pineland”. I Also saw something about the Spartan symbol having a pine tree added to it from this point out. All of this is a little confusing.

    Did the joint venture Pineland actually release any knives yet? I would appreciate clarity.

    Thank you! :)
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  12. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    the thing I saw said the pineland knives would have the spartan logo and pine tree, but the "regular" spartan blades would just have their logo.
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  13. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Any relationship to the People's Republic of Pineland?

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  14. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    maybe a little
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    OFFICIAL_KA-BAR Moderator Moderator

    Aug 3, 2011
    Nothing has been brought to market yet. It is a partnership - our part of the deal is leveraging our manufacturing capabilities to help Spartan expand and produce a variety of knives. There are a number of knives currently in the works, but nothing has been released yet.
  16. exRonin1949


    May 28, 2018
    WOW!!! Just looked at the Spartan -George V14 Dagger on their website!!! That's some very FINE artwork! Looks like Ka-Bar and company have cornered the world market on combat knives! Magnificent artwork!!!
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  17. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker

    Feb 28, 2011
    Color me intrigued.
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  18. Daverageguy


    Nov 19, 2004
    Interesting. I'd like a folding wharnstalker. Please.
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  19. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    Still interested to see what comes of this..
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