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.


It would be impossible to provide an exhaustive review of the laws that may apply in the various fifty states and in the various counties, parishes, municipalities, and other political subdivisions within each state. By signing this form below, you will be certifying that in addition to complying with federal law, you have determined which, if any, state or local laws apply to you, and that you are acting in compliance with those laws.

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The quest for excellence

The fusion of Michel Bras’ sensibilities and KAI’s technology

“Michel BRAS” brand started in 2005 with a range of seven knives. The exceptional chef, Michel Bras, and the long-established Japanese blade maker KAI Group worked together without compromise towards their common goal of creating “the best possible knife”.

Michel Bras was at an international trade fair when he first held a KAI product in his hand. At that moment, he knew intuitively that the company could create the knives that would meet his ideals. And when the President of the KAI group, Koji Endo met Michel Bras, he was attracted by the curiosity of this man who seemed to possess all the virtues of an ancient sage. Endo knew that he wanted to create knives that would be worthy of Michel Bras.

As they started to work together, each discovered that they shared many experiences in common. Michel draws his inspiration from his beloved birthplace Aubrac, while KAI Group is rooted in Mino, a region blessed by an abundance of natural resources that have nurtured many skilled craftsmen. Both Laguiole, the village where Michel grew up, and the city of Seki, where KAI Group was established, are also renowned for producing knives
Michel himself describes the seven knives that were born from this collaboration as “cutting-edge jewelry”, perfect and beautiful.

Today, the range has grown to include a far larger selection of knives as well as a variety of kitchen utensils. Each item is much more than a simple kitchen utensil: it is a companion that helps to enhance the creativity of anyone who loves cooking.

Michel Bras and Koji Endo, President of KAI Group