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Basque Country, Spain


Company Overview

Aitor is one of the longest-running knife factories in Spain to date. The company was founded in 1939 by the Izaguirre brothers, Máximo, Eugenio and Alejandro.

Aitor knives are heavy-duty, portable blades perfect for the modern rugged adventurer - from tactical knives for survival to folding multi-purpose knives for everyday use. These are created by skilled craftsmen that bring classic Spanish weapon-making techniques to the 21st century.

As a testament to its quality, Aitor is the combat knife of choice for military and police troops all over the world. The company creates custom-made knives for the Spanish, German, and Indonesian armies, and even for global organizations such as the UNESCO security forces. 


Knife Types

Aitor is primarily focused on outdoor pocket knives.


Best known for

Aitor is best known for military knives used by the armed forces of various countries.


Steel Used

Aitor blades are made primarily using German steel 1.4116 and 1.4034. These steel blends contain a high amount of chromium and slightly reduced carbon content to ensure the knife would not chip or rust. The only difference is that the former includes Molybdenum, which improves blade resistance in high temperatures.


Handles Used

Aitor mostly uses Micarta canvas, textured polymer, or cast metal handles for strength and versatility in outdoor use. 


Sharpening & Maintenance

The best way to maintain a knife is determined by the steel hardness grade and the angle of the knife edge.  

Aitor knives have a high hardness grade of 55-58 HRC and an edge of 25-30 degrees. As such, hone the knife at its original angle using the Western Approach.

Regular honing removes the need for sharpening, which must only be done occasionally. A whetstone is the most recommended material for this purpose.


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