Automatic Knife Release Form

You must read and fill out this form before Kai USA, Ltd. can sell to you, or ship to you, any Automatic or Butterfly Knives. By electronically signing this online form, you confirm that you are in compliance with the federal statutes shown below as well as any applicable state and local regulation.

By placing an order or receiving a product service (such as warranty repair service) from us, you agree that you meet any or all of the following criteria:


18 U.S.C. § 1716 (G) (2) (1-4) provides, in summary:

Switchblade (automatic) knives can be shipped to civilian and armed forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the federal government ordering or procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with activities of the Federal government; to supply or procurement officers in the National Guard, the Air National Guard or militia of the state or territory of the District of Columbia ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connections with the activities of such organizations; to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any state or territory of any county, city or other political subdivision of a state or territory ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government.

15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides, in summary:

Knives can be shipped by common carrier; that sale, transportation or distribution, possession or introduction into interstate commerce of switchblade knives is authorized if it is pursuant to a contract with the armed forces; or, any member or employee thereof acting in the performance of his or her duty may possess switchblade knives and may have them shipped to him and sold to him or her. The possession and transportation upon his or her person of a switchblade knife or a blade 3 inches or less is authorized to any handicapped individual who has the use of only one arm.


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Exceptional Beauty
& Exquisite Craftsmanship

Before Shun Cutlery was established in the western market, most people were used to heavy European-style kitchen knives.

With Shun’s entry into the marketplace, home cooks and professional chefs alike were introduced to the lightweight precision of fine Japanese cutlery. Thinner blades, sharper edges, and lighter weight gave Shun a high-performance edge that the heavier knives couldn’t match.

A Tradition of Quality

Shun Cutlery was introduced to the North American market in 2002. While the Shun brand is relatively young, its pedigree goes back much farther. In 1908 Saijiro Endo first set up shop in Japan’s famous Seki City—a city with a blade-making tradition that goes back over 800 years. Initially, the company produced folding knives, then razors, and in time, kitchen cutlery. Eventually, the company would be known as Kai Cutlery; today it is the Kai Group.

A direct descendant of the company’s founder, Kai Chairman and CEO, Koji Endo, conceived the bold idea of bringing high-quality Japanese cutlery to the US and European markets. He named the brand “Shun,” which refers to the Japanese tradition of fresh, seasonal eating, and even designed the logo still used today.

Handcrafted in Japan

The challenge for Endo and the new brand would be to maintain the extreme quality for which Japanese cutlery is prized, while producing it in quantities that would meet growing demands. For Endo, it was vital to maintain the tradition of handcrafting each knife.

Today, the tradition endures. Each Shun still takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete and Shun remains true to its ancient heritage of quality. At the same time, Shun takes advantage of thoroughly modern, premium materials and state-of-the-art technology to provide that traditional quality to millions of professional chefs and avid home cooks throughout the world.

Today, Shun has become one of the most well-known names in kitchen cutlery. It has won awards for innovation and quality. It has been admired and emulated. With new styles, new materials, and an ongoing dedication to the spirit of innovation, Shun will continue to provide Japanese kitchen cutlery of outstanding beauty, impeccable precision, and the very highest performance.