Myerchin, Inc.

FAQ's About Myerchin

Below are some some FAQ's, or "frequently asked questions". We hope that you find the answers to be informative and maybe a little entertaining. If you have additional questions, suggestions, or anything else on your mind,  send us an email. We carefully read every customer comment.   E-mail Myerchin

How come I've never heard of MYERCHIN knives?
MYERCHIN has been providing quality knives since 1984. Throughout the years, our company has specialized in the production of rigging knives.   Our customers include the US Navy, US Coast Guard, US Army, merchant marines, and sailors around the world. Ask any sailor about MYERCHIN knives and you'll probably get the answer, "best rigging tools in the world."

(above left)  1980, John Myerchin, his wife,  and their three teenagers leave San Diego bound for HI.  (above right) John Myerchin's Westsail 32 at anchor off Lahaina on the island of Maui. It was aboard this boat that John started sketching his first rigging knife, the Model A001, after he had a competitor's non-locking folder close over his thumb.  John built the boat... purchasing only a hull and deck from the factory.  The first order of business: lay in 7000 pounds of lead shot with resin and glass in place.

Where did the name MYERCHIN come from?

When John Myerchin's grandfather and his grandfather's two brothers came to the United States in 1870 from the Czech Republic, the officials at Ellis Island created the name MYERCHIN when they heard the Czech name, Majercin, pronounced in the native language. Because of this, John is probably related to every MYERCHIN (and many Majercin's) in the country. For a full history,  click on our Family Website:

Any Special Recognition by Important Groups?
While Myerchin® has received many awards and special recognitions from industry leaders, our finest award came from General Thomas W. Kelly and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   On July 15, 1991, we were awarded  a Certificate of Appreciation "...for innovation in the art of knife making with particular emphasis on  providing instruments that are needed and used by the Special Operations Community a lasting contribution to the nation."

Where can I purchase a MYERCHIN?
MYERCHIN knives are available from many boat outfitting outlets and sporting good stores. Our largest retail distributor is West Marine Products with its 300+ stores. If you are unable to find a supplier near you,  this website allows you to order securely and directly from us.   You can also request one of our catalogs.

Since I haven't heard of this knife line, how do I know they're reliable?

These knives have been tested since 1984 in the harshest environment on earth... the world's oceans. The Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Harbor Patrols, and others who make their living at sea have tested these knives by making them the working tools of choice. Now our knives are constantly tested by hunters, backpackers, police, emergency workers, fishermen... real people who use our products on the job every day. Our products are truly tools. Our warranty is one of the best in the country.

(above)  John Myerchin, at 57, trudges up the last few steps to the summit of the Chilkoot pass between Alaska and the Yukon.

In July, 1997, John decided to retrace the steps of the 1897 Klondike gold seekers.   It was the 100th anniversary of the "Klondike Gold Rush".  The 28 mile hike began at Dyea, Alaska and ended at Lake Bennett in the Yukon. The hike took him over the formidable Chilkoot Pass. The original Klondike gold seekers had to carry their ton of goods over the pass... one hundred pounds at a time... twenty trips!  Luckily, John only had to make the trip once.

During the trip, his party tested the LIGHTKNIFE®, the Model BH300P Denali Pro, and the Offshore System.   All products performed flawlessly.

The DoubleLock mechanism on all folders is guaranteed for life to the original owner of the knife. Do not abuse the knife. Never use it as a pry bar or a chopping tool. Keep it clean, always rinse away salt water, keep it oiled. If you return a knife and we determine that the product failed... we will gladly fix it or replace it.  If the knife has been obviously abused, we will not replace it.  See our Myerchin Warranty Page for more information.

During the hike on the Chilkoot trail, the LIGHTKNIFE was used for all sorts of challenging tasks.... including (below) the spreading of peanut butter on bagels.

(below) John with his family on his 60th birthday.       

(below) John with his family on 

his 70th birthday                      

(below) John with his family on his 75th birthday