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American-Made Kitchen Cutlery and More
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
January 17, 2005

If you've had trouble finding American-made kitchen cutlery, utensils, bakeware and other accessories at retail stores, maybe you should try shopping online instead. Perhaps the first place you should go is to Rada Manufacturing Company is American owned, based in Waverly, Iowa, and all of their products are proudly made in the USA.

Rada Cutlery has been making fine kitchen knives and utensils since 1948, and all of their products come with a lifetime guarantee. Their cutlery is made of surgical-quality, high-carbon stainless steel, and their environmentally-friendly, cast solid, satin finish aluminum handles make them comfortable and easy to use.

Browse to find paring knives, steak knives, bread knives, meat lovers' knives, cheese knives, carving forks and ham slicers. And if you're concerned about keeping your cutlery super sharp, they offer an American-made knife sharpener as well.

But we aren't just talking knives here. Other utensils include vegetable peelers, party spreaders, ice cream scoops, pizza cutters, spatulas, and food choppers. Would you like your knives organized together rather than ordering them individually? Then take a look at Rada Cutlery's Oak Block Sets. Rada Cutlery also offers American-made stoneware too, including pie plates, loaf pans, rectangular bakers and baking stones.

By doing business with companies like Rada Cutlery Manufacturing, you'll be diversifying your dollars away from the big box retailers and into the hands of smaller businesses that make America (and Americans) work. We should make an extra effort to support smaller companies that employ Americans out of the sheer pride they feel from making their wares in the United States. The reason we usually don't see the products of these smaller companies in retail stores is because they don't have the "corporate horsepower" to attract retailers' attention - nor can they sell their products at rock-bottom prices that retailers demand to satisfy their greed for excessively-higher profit margins.

This is at least part of the reason patriotic consumers have trouble finding American-made goods in retail stores. Consider the recent squabbles between America's domestic furniture manufacturers and America's furniture retailers. Import tariffs were recently levied against Chinese bedroom furniture to help protect domestic producers, and the furniture retailers fought it all the way since cheaper Chinese furniture means higher profits for them. The fury over furniture led to laughable rhetoric by furniture retailers which could care less if American manufacturers move from assembly lines to unemployment lines, including claims that tariffs interfered with their "constitutional right to import." Luckily that attempt to read (or write) something into our U.S Constitution that isn't there was promptly dismissed by a judge.

You can either order from Rada Cutlery online at or give them a call at 1-800-311-9691 or 1-319-352-0770.


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