Cutco / Ka-Bar Visitors Center

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Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The people, products and history of Cutco and Ka-Bar are part of the fascinating story of innovation and commitment. That story unfolds in detail as you tour the Cutco/Ka-Bar Visitors Center. You'll find out about the dedicated people who created the unique products, learn about their ingenious solutions and discover how this company and its products have improved people's lives for more than 50 years.

Follow the development of Alcas, the parent company of Cutco and Ka-Bar from its creation in 1948 as a joint venture between aluminum giant Alcoa and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company. Olean was chosen for the first Alcas plant because of its proximity to the Case operation in Bradford, PA, as well as the many skilled cutlers who lived in the area - and it has remained a valuable member of this community ever since.

Discover how the unique Wedge-Lock handle was developed by industrial designer Thomas Lamb, a pioneer in ergonomic design whose life work was studying how human hands manipulate objects. He spent more than six years of research developing his acclaimed Lamb Wedge-Lock handle - and in 1952 it became a hallmark of Cutco products.for their knives.

Unique product features aren't the only difference with Cutco Cutlery. Learn how these fine products are sold directly to consumers in their homes through Vector, the marketing arm of the company.

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Cutco / Ka-Bar Visitors’ Center
1040 East State Street
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-790-7000
42° 4' 27.2676" N, 78° 24' 30.1032" W

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • RV Parking: Unknown
  • Bus Parking: Unknown
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Internet Access: Unknown
  • Conference / Meeting / Banquet: Unknown
  • Playground: Unknown
  • Indoor Pool: Unknown
  • Outdoor Pool: Unknown
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  • Equestrian Trail Access: Unknown
  • Bicycle Trail Access: Unknown
  • Hiking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Snowmobile Trail Access: Unknown

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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