About Rada Cutlery

Our Story

Rada Mfg. Co. has been manufacturing cutlery in the Midwest since 1948.

We started out in a small facility producing just six products and three gift sets, many of which are still in production today. We’ve come a long way since then, now in a much larger building, offering 125+ products from knives, utensils, and gift sets to kitchen tools, food mixes, and recipe and gift books, but our goal remains the same: providing outstanding knives at an exceptional value.

 Every Rada Cutlery product is 100% American made—from raw materials through construction.

We continue manufacturing in the USA because our company and our employees are committed to efficiently creating high-quality products and eliminating waste. This is the heart and soul of what we do here at Rada.

Rada Cutlery is used in millions of homes every day, providing knives, utensils, and kitchen tools and gadgets to households, restaurants, and other businesses through fundraising groups, resellers, and the Rada Kitchen Store.

Almost 20,000 nonprofit groups, like churches, schools, civic clubs, teams, and many others, have successful fundraisers year after year through Rada Cutlery.

Why? People know and love our products! They understand the importance of American-made craftsmanship and enjoy the value they get with every piece they purchase. And fundraising groups earn an impressive 40% profit on their sales.

Rada Cutlery is also sold by independent resellers in a wide variety of brick-and-mortar stores; at shows, festivals, fairs, and flea markets; to their online customers; through home parties; and through many other unique opportunities. They sell Rada Cutlery because they believe in Rada products.

Our Focus

During the last 70+ years we have earned a reputation for remarkable quality and tremendous value. Our employees and their families appreciate you choosing to use Rada Cutlery in your kitchen!

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Superior Craftsmanship

Our knives are crafted with surgical quality high carbon stainless steel and sharpened by hand so you can enjoy a razor-sharp edge.

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100% Made in the USA

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The Lifetime Guarantee

Rada Mfg. Co. will replace any product manufactured by our company returned to us due to defects in material or workmanship.

Four Rada Cutlery knives on a blue plate with chives and a tomato next to the Rada Oak Block

Our Products

We want to inspire and enable great cooking, and well-made tools are absolutely essential for that. With that in mind, our goal is to offer high-quality products that everyone can use and afford. We believe that better tools make for better cooking and better meals.

So whether you’re planning a dinner party for 12 or just a quiet meal for yourself, we want to help make your cooking even better and more enjoyable, starting with an amazing knife at a great price.

“This is my company. I spend 40% of my waking hours here and I take pride in my work. Quality is important to me because it is a reflection of how I see myself. There’s part of me in everything I touch and this is no exception. This was made with pride in America’s Heartland.”

KELLY SKILLEN – Rada Cutlery Packing/Shipping Department Employee

Three Rada Knives displaying the different handle options of black, silver, and anthem wave
Three images depicting handle casting, handle belting, and blade sharpening

Our Factory

Employee interviews in the video provide you a behind the scenes look at Rada Mfg. Co. See several stages of knife manufacturing as well as the shipping department and customer service area while Rada employees tell about their jobs.

 
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I’ve been here 19 years, and I wanted to work in a company that we did american products.

I’ve been here 30 and a half years. They treat you like a part of the family.

Obviously we have done the work over the years to make this something that helps out a lot of people. Our real story is that little silver knife is the knife my grandma used to use and we don’t use that phrase but our customers use that phrase and those are the kinds of things that our culture relates to and our employees relate to and there’s that sense of pride that goes with it.

Everybody’s a part of a team and yet what their individual task is all about, you know everyone’s got to take care of their role in the show in order to make it all work. And that is everyone from the front office, to the packing room, to the manufacturing environment. A typical knife is touched by 15 different hands throughout the manufacturing process.

My Name is Andrea Hanson and I am a belter. I’ve been here 19 years. American Made means a lot to me because we are keeping it in America where we all stick together.

Sure we’re American made, but we really do live that. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but it is to be the best at what we do and we feel that we are there.

You’ve been here 31 years now Dwight has been with us. Dwight is also an avid hunter so he has a good idea for this kind of this which is important in making sure that the first step of creating is making sure there are no defects in it.

I’m Clark Speedy and I’ve been here for over 31 years. I do blade form operation here. It’s steady work, but I have a little bit of freedom to do things the way I want to do them – within reason of course – and its just we’ve got good benefits and we’ve got good people to work with.

Over here is our hollow grinding area. Over here in hollow grind area what is it that you’re mainly looking for? “I’m trying to keep the hollow grind at 6,000 and trying to keep everything looking good”.

All of our employees at Rada Manufacturing get the idea that the future, our future, is based on our customer’s success. We strive every day to make sure that our customers are successful and that is with quality products, that is with fast service, everything throughout the whole process. We hold ourselves to a pretty high standard.

Everybody’s nice here and it’s just a really nice place to work.

The Rada family? It means everything.

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Address: Rada Mfg. Co., PO Box 838, Waverly, IA 50677
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