Jim Frost began collecting pocket knives in 1969. This small hobby, started by an everyday shift worker at a chemical plant, has grown over the past 35 years into a multi-million dollar business which employs over 125 employees at its sole plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The business began in Jim’s lunch bucket and quickly grew out of his car trunk, garage, and four increasingly larger warehouses before finding its home in a 100,000 square foot plant completed in 2002. In 2004, he added another 50,000 square feet for a total of 150,000 square feet.
From 1969 to 1978, Jim saw his business interest in knives grow from a hobby to the formation of Frost Distributing company in 1972 to the Parker-Frost partnership in 1976. This short-lived association was mutually dissolved in 1978 when Jim began importing cutlery under the Frost Cutlery® tang stamp.
Beginning in 1987 with just a handshake agreement between Jim Frost and “The Intimidator”, Frost Cutlery began making commemorative knives and sets to mark career highlights for Dale Earnhardt. This association evolved into probably the most successful of the commemorative knife lines Frost Cutlery has ever had.
Over the years, Jim Frost also struck a friendship with #3 car owner, Richard Childress. The two found that they had many things in common, including strong business sense, and a passion for fishing. Today, Frost Cutlery continues it’s relation by producing commemorative cutlery for both RCR and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. So, as a NASCAR supporter, Jim Frost is proud to carry a line of knives that pays tribute to a legend.