Cutco Corporation, formerly Alcas Corporation, is the parent company of CUTCO Cutlery Corp., multi-level marketing company Vector Marketing, KA-BAR Knives Inc. and Schilling Forge. Its primary brand is also the name Cutco.
The company was founded in 1949 by Alcoa and Case Cutlery (hence "Al-cas") to manufacture knives. The management purchased the company from Alcoa in 1982, and the company acquired Vector Marketing Corporation in 1985.
In early 2009 Alcas changed its name to Cutco, the name of the primary product.Cutco is a brand of cutlery and kitchen accessories directly marketed to customers through in-home demonstrations by independent sales representatives who are mostly college students. More than 100 kitchen cutlery products are sold under the Cutco name, as well as a variety of kitchen utensils, cookware, sporting and outdoors knives, and cutlery.