Smith’s Celebrates 125th Anniversary!

2011 May 5

Smith’s, the industry leader in innovative sharpening products, will celebrate its 125th year of business in 2011.  Since 1886, Smith’s has been a trusted name in the sharpening industry.  The company’s long history has focused on a single mission: provide their customers and consumers with the best value in easy-to-use and effective knife, scissors, and tool sharpening products.  Their continued focus on this mission has led them to the top of their industry as the leader in the manufacture and distribution of manual sharpening products.

Founded in 1886 by their current President’s Great-Grandfather, Smith’s is located in the resort town of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Smith’s started out as an Arkansas stone company selling raw “Novaculite” stone, which can only be found in commercial deposits within a 15 to 20 mile radius around Hot Springs.  This scarce stone was sold to various overseas processors in Germany and Japan.  Under direction of Hiram A. Smith, 3rd generation Smith and father or their current President, the company started cutting and finishing the Novaculite in Hiram’s garage behind his house in the early 1960s.  At that time, the finished sharpening stones were sold to Hardware stores and Buck Knives, but by the 1980’s Smith’s was known almost universally in the sharpening industry as the largest producer of Natural Arkansas Stone sharpeners in the world and owned mineral rights to quarries that could produce all 5 grades of natural sharpening stones.

Today, there are numerous types of sharpeners on the market, and Smith’s has evolved along with the industry by diversifying its product line and expanding its markets.  They now offer products from all major sharpening categories: Natural Arkansas Stones, Carbides, Ceramics, Diamonds, Synthetics, Precision Sharpening Systems, and Electrics.  In addition, they have built upon a successful 125-year track record and positioned themselves as The Edge Experts®. “We have the financial strength, manufacturing expertise, and management team that allows us to offer our customers better service and more sharpening products than ever before,” says Richard Smith, 4th generation Smith and current President. “We are just as passionate about sharpening as ever before and plan to fully deliver on our role as your single source supplier for innovative sharpening products.”

Smith’s will promote its 125th Anniversary throughout 2011 via trade show events, customer appreciation activities, special pricing for top customers, and community activities.  Each promotion will provide details of important events and people that have helped build the strong foundation for our company as well as the products that define it today.

About Smith’s®
Widely regarded as a world leader for sharpening tools, Smith’s, The Edge Experts® Since 1886, lays claim to the
design and manufacture of the broadest line of knife, tool, and scissors sharpeners currently available in the Sporting
Goods and Hardware markets. The company’s product offering includes both manual and electrical sharpeners
ranging from the very simple to the sophisticated and several edge care products. They incorporate a wide variety of
abrasive materials including diamond, carbide, ceramic, bonded synthetic abrasives, and natural Arkansas stones.
For more information about the complete line of Smith’s products visit www.smithsedge.com.

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