About Us

Acme United Corporation

For the past 150 years, Acme United Corporation, has been a leading worldwide supplier of innovative cutting, measuring, first aid and sharpening products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting goods and industrial markets with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe (located in Germany) and Asia (located in Hong Kong and China).

Westcott is a major brand for scissors and rulers in North America, and one of the strongest worldwide. Westcott scissors range from kids and student products to sewing, office, and craft items.  Our rulers come in wood, plastic, stainless steel, acrylic and aluminum with plentiful designs, innovations and fashionable colors.  Following the success in scissors and rulers, Westcott extended its product line with other office tools such as paper trimmers, pencil sharpeners, math kits and more.



First Aid Only was founded in 1988 and pioneered consultative selling and support of first aid items to large corporate customers.  It operates out of a modern 54,000 square-foot facility in Vancouver, Washington where well over 100 people are employed.  All of First Aid Only’s first aid kits continue to be produced in the United States.  First Aid Only is especially known for its SmartCompliance kits. Most businesses are federally mandated to have first aid solutions that are compliant with OSHA as well as ANSI standards. These SmartCompliance first aid supply cabinets ensure that a business is covered. First Aid Only has a distributor network of more than 1,000 people and supplies first aid goods to well-known businesses such as McDonalds, Grainger and Staples.

PhysiciansCare offers a broad assortment of first aid kits, emergency and disaster kits, preparedness products and kit refills. PhysiciansCare also carries a branded line of over-the-counter medicines, including the ingredients aspirin, acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.

Pac-Kit sells first aid kits, industrial stations and refills, emergency medical travel and recreational kits to the industrial, safety, transportation and marine markets.  The brand has roots dating back to the 1800s as part of the Burroughs Wellcome Company. It was one of the first companies that began packaging medications and dressings into cases for use in the field. Many explorers of that time carried the cases with them on their expeditions.  Infact, Captain Robert Scott used it on his expedition to the South Pole, Admiral Byrd carried them on the first flight to the South Pole, Admiral Peary brought Pac-Kit first aid kits on both his North and South Pole flights and Nobel Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen had a Pac-Kit on his polar expeditions.


Clauss primarily manufactures cutting instruments for professionals in the hardware & industrial, lawn & garden, food processing, sewing and housewares markets. These products include True Professional sewing shears, utility knives, chef shears, hobby knives putty knives and craft implements.



Camillus, with roots dating back to 1876, is one of the best known brands in the knife industry.  It produced millions of knives until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007 due to fierce overseas competition.

In May 2009, Acme United re-launched Camillus at the 2009 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas with an entire series of new knives.  The new Camillus knives have well designed, durable handles and the blades have a titanium carbonitride coating, making them 10 times harder than stainless steel. The knives are sold at leading retailers and specialty knife shops.

Late 2011, the company signed an agreement with Les Stroud, known from the TV series Survivorman, to build and sell Camillus survival knives and tools, co-designed and promoted by the famous outdoor adventurer.  Due to the success of the Les Stroud knives, other knives and tools were added to the Les Stroud family in both 2012 and 2013. With to the success of the Les Stroud knives, other knives and tools continue to be added to the Les Stroud family.

In 2013, Camillus re-launched its knives in Europe and soon attracted distributors in Scandinavian and German speaking countries. In the meanwhile, Camillus is being distributed in twelve European countries.

In 2015, Camillus cooperated with Jared Ogden and Grady Powell to design the DAG and SKOL combat knives. Ogden and Powell are well-known, as they participate in the popular TV show Ultimate Survival Alaska on National Geographic Channel.


Cuda is Acme United’s fishing gear brand.   Cuda products are manufactured with the company's Titanium Bonded technology, and they’re equipped with Aluminum Alloy and Tungsten Carbide.

The tools, which include snips, wire cutters, scale/skin grippers, knives and scissors, were developed and tested in cooperation with a number of well-known fishermen in the fresh and saltwater environments. For example, Bob Izumi from the Real Fishing Show, Mariko Izumi from Hooking Up, and four captains, who can be seen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna, use Cuda tools on episodes of their respective television shows.


Diamond Machining Technology was established in 1976, as a manufacturer of large diamond grinding and polishing wheels for industrial application.

Due to increased overseas competition, DMT looked for ways to diversify its business. After lots of testing and development work, a prototype sharpener was developed, which the engineers at DMT then refined to an unbreakable, clean-cutting diamond honing tool.  The first polka dot diamond bench stones were soon thereafter shipped to customers such as Brookstone for use in the woodworking area and Bloomingdale's for use in the kitchen. The new sharpener quickly found its way to other sectors as well, such as the automotive, marine, and aviation industries.

Today, DMT products are sold in dozens of countries all over the world. In addition, the company holds more than 10 patents and has introduced over 125 different products, including 10 in the past five years. It sells many tens of thousands of items each year to DIYers, gardening and outdoor enthusiasts, woodworkers, hunters, fishermen, and military and law enforcement personnel.