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York Saw Works to York Saw & Knife: Quality Manufacturing Since 1906


Did you know York Saw & Knife is one of the oldest active industrial blade manufacturers in the United States?Early 1900s company photo

In 1906, York, PA man Louis Klunk set out to become a premier manufacturer of steel, set-tooth saw blades.  He built a business from the ground up, employing and honing the skill of a dedicated, local workforce to see it all through.  The then-titled York Saw Works soon became renowned for its quality, reliability, and superior service to numerous industries in need of quality saw blades.

The York Saw Works in the late 1950sThe York Saw Works in the late 1950s

The company continued to flourish in the following decades, and in 1969 the old York Saw Works was sold to James O. Pickard, Sr.  At that time it was renamed the York Saw and Machine Company, Inc.  In 1991, the company purchased the Luxite brand of professional, carbide-tipped saw blades.

Then in 1994, E.G. Oleson’s & Sons was purchased. The newly-renamed  Oleson Saw Technology joined the family in serving the needs of the logging industry and is the exclusive distributor of Iseli equipment used in the maintenance of saw blades in lumber mills.

Man standing next to machine spraying sparks50 years later, York Saw is run by the second generation of Pickards as the York Saw & Knife Company. Now located in three modern facilities, two in York, PA and one in Post Falls, ID, the company employs over 85 skilled workers and support staff.

Support and capabilities are stronger than ever, with the company offering its products from the largest industries to the smallest niche markets.

The custom blade manufacturer continues to expand in both product line AND company size, offering much more specialized and custom knives for applications never-before supported in the company’s history.  Products today include carbide-tipped saws, wideband saw blades, and numerous other blades that cutoff, perforate, and slit food, paper, foil, film, plastics, and corrugated products.

Strong core values of American-made quality and service remain the cornerstone of all York Saw & Knife’s endeavors.While the question remains whether Mr. Klunk would even recognize his creation over 100 years later, one would hope he could be proud of a versatile company which continues to grow with such diversity.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

I just wanted to pass along some good news to you and a big “thank you”. We were recently able to test the knife that you supplied us for our “hard-to-cut” material. The “puncture and tear” method that works with other materials would not work with this material.  We had to have a complete cut and this knife provided exactly what we needed without making any machine modifications.  Thank you for all of your time and assistance with this project.

What Our Customers Are Saying

I have been buying custom manufactured saws and knives from York Saw and Knife for over 35 years and have always found their quality and customer service to be exceptional.

– Emil Kiss, Paco Winders

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