About us

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“IT'S MUCH MORE THAN BEING PREPARED EVERYDAY, IT'S ABOUT BEING PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU CARRY, AND HOW YOU OPERATE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE. WE ARE RELENTLESSLY PATRIOTIC AND DRIVEN TOWARDS PERFECTION. WE DON'T APOLOGIZE FOR OUR LOVE OF COUNTRY. WE ARE CREATING OUR OWN PIECES OF HISTORY EVERDAY.” Mark Carey, Spartan Blades Co-Owner

Behind the Brand

As an outdoor cutlery brand, Spartan Blades aims to reinvigorate the sense of pride that comes from owning and carrying a well-designed, finely crafted knife. We hope to inspire unity and self-reliance among our fellow American patriots and like minded people around the world with our brand. We create “Knives with Intent”; purposely designed for the task and environment. We strive to make all of our knives the trustworthy partner you deserve to boldly face life’s adventures. You and your Spartan Blade will face life head-on and win! Our knives are crafted to last; to be an heirloom to hand down along with your story to the next generation.

Meet The Spartan Blades Team

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Jake Nelson (Craftsman),  A.J. LaFell (Craftsman),  Mark Carey (Co-founder),  Curtis Iovito (Co-Founder),  Lannie Harper (Craftsman),  Kim Harper (Customer Service) 

A Brief History Of Spartan Blades

Spartan Blades has been blessed by sustained growth and numerous awards for our designs and knives. Although we came from a humble beginning, we continue to make finely crafted knives in a small shop (Our current shop is much bigger than the original "mule barn" location). We are head quartered just outside of Fort Bragg, NC (Home of the Airborne and Special Forces). We continually strive to hone our skills to meet our customers expectations and desires to own a finely crafted knife.

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2008 - Mark Carey and Curtis Iovito occupy a Pre-Civil War Mule barn and form Spartan Blades, LLC in Aberdeen, NC

2010 - Spartan Blades wins International BLADE Show award for Knife Collaboration of the Year along with William W. Harsey Jr. for the Spartan-Harsey Model I

2014 - Spartan Blades wins International BLADE Show award for Knife Collaboration of the Year along with Leg George for the V-14 Dagger

2014 - Spartan Blades wins International BLADE Sow award for Most Innovate American Design

2016 - Spartan Blades wins International BLADE Show award for American Made Knife of the Year for the Spartan-Harsey Folder (SHF)

2017 - Spartan Blades wins International BLADE Show award for American Made Knife of the Year for the Kranos Folder

2019 - Spartan Blades merges with KA-BAR Knives to form Pineland Cutlery, Inc and continues to do business as Spartan Blades.

Spartan Blades has something for everybody

Since our inception, Spartan Blades has been known for manufacturing using the very best processes and materials. With that said, our knives were often priced outside the budget of many of our customers. In response to the numerous requests for a broader base of products and price points, we have expanded our line to include three very distint grades. 

 

Elite (Gold Grade) Are knives you have come to associate with Spartan Blades from the beginning! Made in the United States, using premium U. S. made steel, double deep cryogenically treated, and premium PVD coatings. This line will also contain custom, limited edition, and one off knives made by our North Carolina shop. 

Silver (Pro Grade) Pro Grade knives will be manufactured in the United States in both New York and North Carolina. The purpose of these blades is to provide a quality knife to soldiers and outdoorsman at an affordable price point. Materials will include steels like 1095 CROVAN and 420HC for example.

Bronze (Field Grade) These are knives that will be made with international partners. They will be made to fulfill the numerous request from you, our valued customers to provide “knifes that I can afford and that are competitive in price”. We will always use local, U.S.A., and friendly nation manufactures. 

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The Truths of Spartan Blades

Founded on 2008 to make finely crafted outdoor knives, Spartan Blades is rooted in our founder’s; Mark Carey and Curtis Iovito, 40+ years of military experience and is guided by the Special Operations Truths.

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Who We Support

At its core, Spartan Blades is a give-back organization, forever striving to be our brother’s keeper, and encouraging others to do the same. We support a multitude of organizations and initiatives that help veterans in need. (See who we support)