About Us

Founded in the early 1970s, Smoky Knife Works ultimately began when Kevin Pipes—the company’s current president and CEO− and John Parker started to sell pocketknives from the back of their pickup trucks. Throughout the mid-1970s, they strenuously worked to build relationships with vendors and customers, and their endeavors coalesced with the official opening of SMKW in 1978. Over the years, SMKW has exponentially expanded, having outgrown two facilities before moving to its present location in Sevierville, TN. Now, over 1.2 million customers visit SMKW’s showroom annually; millions of mail-order customers receive the company’s monthly catalog; and our showroom and website, smkw.com, carry the knife industry’s major brands including, but not limited to, Case, Buck, Kershaw, and SOG.

We do not currently sell automatic knives online due to federal laws.