With a singular focus, USA Made Blade opens Main Street store
Scott Whittington focused on quality when deciding the singular principle for business.
USA Made Blade, run by Whittington and his business partner Kevin O’Mellan, exclusively sells knives made in America. He said other countries make well-crafted knives, but American ones are routinely the highest quality.
“You wake up in the morning and your pants are made in Vietnam, your shirt is made in China, your hat is made in Korea, your watch is made in Japan and your phone is made in who knows where,” he said. “There’s the occasional piece of clothing you put on yourself that’s made in America, but the last thing I put in my pocket before I leave to head out the door is my pocketknife, and I want it made in the U.S., dammit.”
Whittington’s focus on the quality of American knives is the reason he started the business.
“The short story is I got tired of everything being made overseas,” Whittington said. “There was this knife I bought that I got excited about. I’ll leave the company name out of it, but they typically make all their knives in the U.S. So, when I get it in the mail and open it up, it was made in China. I lost my mind, and that’s honestly how this all came about.”
Initially, USA Made Blade was a business based in Whittington’s basement. For about three years, USA Made Blade only used social media and websites to push its products. Last year, they opened a retail location at 134 N. Lee St. In part, the move to a concrete location was also necessary to purchase certain kinds of knives. Some knife-makers won’t ship to sellers who don’t operate a retail location, Whittington said.
Now, USA Made Blade has moved to one of Salisbury’s busiest roads — Main Street. The store will have a grand opening for its new location — at 320 N. Main St. — on Saturday starting at noon. A number of well-known knife-makers are scheduled to attend, including LT. Wright, Andy Roy, Allen Surls, Dylan Fletcher and Todd Hunt.
The store’s hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The new store offers more storage space to bolster the company’s online business. Whittington says he also hopes to increase USA Made Blade’s retail business. The retail space is noticeably larger than USA Made Blade’s previous North Lee Street location.
In addition to selling knives, the store also offers a sharpening service. Whittington said the store will sharpen any knife purchased at USA Made Blade for free. Knives purchased at other stores can also be serviced at USA Made Blade for a fee.
Though many people may own a pocket knife, Whittington said it’s a tool worth carrying around every day.
“It’s amazing how many times you’ll use a knife in a day if you carry one every day,” he said. “I probably use my knife for a simple, practical purpose 20 times per day.”
Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.
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