The sale on Friday will be from 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Saturday, it will be from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Door prizes will be given hourly, and those who spend $100 will receive a gift.
Ken Griffey, president, said since the knives are made in the backyard of Jacksonville’s residents, he wants to allow them and others a chance to be able to purchase quality knives at a nominal cost.
“You’re getting up to 70 percent off retail,” he said. “They make good stocking stuffers and makes your Christmas buying go a long way. With a knife, you don’t have to worry about whether it will fit someone or not. Every knife will fit someone’s hand.”
Griffey said he isn’t forgetting about the ladies.
“We’re bringing in kitchen knives, and we’re going to give you a real good price on them,” he said.
There will be about 20,000 knives for sale. Griffey said Bear manufactures 12,000-14,000 knives a day.
Other items offered for sale include sharpness stones, knife packs and knife kits.
Collectors from other states contact Griffey to purchase his knives.
“There’s a lot of collectors out there,” he said. “They find out about us. We’ve got overruns and prototypes. We make up a knife for this company or that company, and it never goes into the market places. These collectors come in and want to buy them.”
The knives that will be for sale, while their quality is good, don’t pass inspection, said Griffey. He said there are three categories.
“You have your blemishes,” he said. “You have your overrun and prototypes that’s all first quality. And you have your everyday first quality. We have some blimps. They’re really good knives. The handle might have a little blemish in it, and we can’t sell it to our retail market, but all of our knives are very good.”
Bear manufactures over 300 different styles of knives, from traditional patterns to rockbacks, hunting knives, and multi tools, including a military/police line.
“We even make some straight knives and switchblades in that line,” said Griffey. “We also make butterfly knives which are a martial arts type.”
Only credit cards, debit cards and cash will be accepted. No checks will be taken in.
Bear Cutlery & Son Inc., opened in 1991. Griffey’s wife, Sandy, is vice president. Their son, Matt, is vice president of sales. The company employs 88.