On January 14, 2020, the Denver, CO-based knife company, Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corp. filed a patent infringement complaint in Colorado Federal Court against American Outdoor Brands Corporation for a replaceable razor blade knife that Outdoor Edge claims David Bloch, president, designed and first brought to market in 2013.

Outdoor Edge’s patented RazorSafe series of knives features both fixed blade and folding knife models with a proprietary replaceable razor blade and blade support system that offers easy blade changes at the push of a button. In distribution for more than seven years, the series is popular in the Hunt and Outdoor categories.

The complaint asserts that one of the latest knives American Outdoor Brands exhibited at the Archery Trade Association Show in Indianapolis, IN, January 9-11, 2020, under the “Old Timer” brand infringes several Outdoor Edge patents.

“We work closely with our intellectual property attorneys to file patent applications on each significant new product and will aggressively enforce our patent rights against any competitor who copies our ideas and infringes our patents,” said Outdoor Edge’s David Bloch.

Outdoor Edge owns seven U.S. Utility Patents, 29 U.S. Design Patents, two Chinese Utility Models, and 24 Design Registrations in various foreign countries. Currently, Outdoor Edge has 12 patent applications pending in the U.S. with many more planned.

American Outdoor Brands Corporation markets and distributes more than 18 consumer brands including Smith and Wesson, Thompson Center, Battenfeld Technologies and the Old Timer, Schrade, Uncle Henry, Bubba and Smith, and Wesson knife brands.

Photo courtesy Outdoor Edge: Outdoor Edge RazorLite EDC (orange) on top, American Outdoor Brands Old Timer knife (black) on bottom