Ocaso Knives is a young brand backed up by well-known talent. The company, founded in 2022 by a former Cold Steel executive, has unleashed its first salvo of knife designs and now has its eyes set on the larger everyday carry community.
“Starting a business is hard work,” says Ocaso Knives founder Ric Valdez, an industry vet with more than two decades of experience under his belt. Valdez was the Executive Vice President at Cold Steel before the company was acquired by GSM in 2020. “I learned an incredible amount at Cold Steel, but I wear so many more hats now than I did before,” Valdez reflects. “[Cold Steel Founder] Lynn Thompson would often say ‘bite off more than you can chew, and chew like hell,’ and I’m hearing that in my head every day.”
Ric is a nice guy. I have enjoyed getting to know him this past month as I wrote about the Ocaso Seaton for the KnifeNews column. Be sure to check out the latest Weekend Open Thread where we will be giving a couple of Ocaso Strategy knives.