Who We Are

McNees Knives is an American-owned small business located in Vernon, Alabama. We take pride in producing quality folding knives, fixed blades, and EDC gear right here at home.

For more than a decade and a half, we have worked hard to develop rock-solid relationships with customers, partners, and suppliers who share our commitment. Today, we continue to grow and look for ways to bring more of the very best knife and EDC products to you, backed by customer service that is unmatched in the industry.

We invite you to get to know us and hope you will choose to become part of the McNees Knives family!

Our Story

I've loved knives for as long as I can remember and have always had a creative itch.

I started in 2008 with a cobbled-together, self-built grinder in a small shop with an extension cord run from the house. I immediately knew I had found my creative outlet and haven't looked back since.

Since that time, the business has grown from a one-man show with me making as many custom knives as I could, to a family operation producing hundreds of semi-custom machined and hand-finished knives every year. My wife Amy now helps with all aspects of the shop, and our adult children both work part time. One or two other family members round out the team, along with a group of great guys who put a lot of care and pride into the work we do.

Today, I am not only proud to produce great knives, but I am proud that my small business is able to help support others across the nation and provide solid jobs for folks right here at home.

I'm excited to have you follow along with us and hope that you will grab one of our knives or EDC tools and join the story.

- Jonathan McNees


We work hard to make products that will work hard for you, no matter what you throw at them – quality, American-made gear that will stand the test of time. Our knives can be passed down from one generation to the next. They connect you with one of man's oldest tools at a primal level and bridge the gap between function and art.


We stay extremely engaged with our customers on a daily basis and do everything we possibly can to consistently deliver the highest quality products. We want to make sure you have an unforgettable experience with every McNees Knives purchase and interaction.


We are always available and ready to answer your question or find a solution to your problem. Whether you are looking for technical details or just want to learn more about our process, we are happy to help. For more information or customer service requests, please reach out to us using our website contact forms or email.

American Commitment

At McNees Knives, our knives don’t “arrive.” We don’t get a big box of knives or parts from some other country and start assembling and shipping them to dealers. 

We’re in the shop every day busting our asses to learn how to build the best knives and EDC products we can from the best American-sourced materials we can find.

And when we partner with other businesses for bags, pouches, apparel, and more that will wear the McNees name, we work hard to make sure they share the same commitment.

We are real American workers - getting paid for an honest day's work, helping create jobs and support other small businesses, and spending money in our communities.

Some people will try to tell you that you “have” to have your products made somewhere else. It’s not true. It’s just harder and slower.

We’re proof that it can be started from nothing and done.

Buy whatever knives and EDC tools you like, but just remember that not all brands are the same. Take time to stop and think about what you want to support.