Rada Cutlery History

Rada Mfg. Co. is a manufacturer located in Waverly, Iowa and is the maker of Rada Cutlery. The company has been manufacturing 100% American-made cutlery since being founded in 1948. They are famous for their solid aluminum handles, super sharp blades, and long lasting knives.

Rada Cutlery was first produced shortly after World War II. Surplus military knife blades were available at a fraction of their value. The process for casting aluminum handles was developed. The availability of surplus blades was brief and were soon replaced by the high quality, surgical grade stainless steel blades still used today.

Like many upstart manufacturers of the time, Rada Mfg. Co. utilized various buildings to meet their needs. One of the locations was a fortified military radar base used to monitor air space during the Cold War. In 1986, the manufacturing operations moved to the current facility. There have been three additions since, to accommodate customer demand.


Some years ago I discovered the American-made miracle that is Rada Cutlery. Many people swear by Henckels or other extremely expensive European cutlery and I've owned a variety of knives from those sources as well as lesser knives, even the Amazingly Crappy Ginsu. None of these knives have equaled the quality of inexpensive, American-made Rada knives.


My Knife Store currently offers the complete line of Rada knives and Rada utensils in both silver and black handles. We have a few dozen different Rada gift sets, quick mixes and cook books. Be sure to click the Rada Cutlery category in the upper left of this page to see all our wonderful offerings. We also have many of their new items such as the Rada cutting boards, Rada serrated paring knife, and Rada ice cream scoop.