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COAST: A 104 Year Old American Flashlight and Knife Company

I had first seen this brand at Home Depot near the cash registers, and then on Amazon. I kinda thought, with a name like Coast,  it’s probably another one of those Chinese flashlight manufacturers. I love and use many Chinese products, but some of those Chinese brands have the silliest names. Anyway, after buying my First “Coast” flashlight, I was very happy with it’s build and performance and was pretty eager to tell people I knew about it. As a matter of fact, me and my Dad are both flashlight junkies. I typically get him a flashlight every Christmas and I like to come up with something new, smaller and even more powerful to one up last years gift. You just can’t have enough flashlights as far as I’m concerned. So when I started digging into the company, I was surprised to see they’re an American company that’s over 100 years old. Wow!  If you haven’t yet, check them out, they make great flashlights! I haven’t tried any of the knives yet, but it’s on my list!

About Coast

Since its inception in 1919, COAST has stood as a beacon of American craftsmanship and innovation. Founded by Henry W. Brands, COAST began its journey on the rugged Oregon coastline, initially carving its niche with a uniquely designed salmon fillet knife. This knife, crafted to meet the specific needs of local fishermen, marked the beginning of COAST’s enduring commitment to solving real-world problems through smart, durable solutions.

Innovative Design Meets Practical Needs

At the heart of COAST’s philosophy is a simple yet powerful approach: listen to the users, design with purpose, and build with precision. This ethos has led to a range of products, from headlamps used on oil rigs to flashlights trusted by law enforcement. COAST’s design process is deeply rooted in understanding the real needs of professionals working in demanding environments, ensuring that every product, whether a light, knife, or multi-tool, is engineered to offer exceptional functionality and reliability.

Quality in Materials and Manufacturing

COAST’s commitment to quality is evident in their choice of materials and manufacturing processes. Their flashlights are constructed with top-grade materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and poly-nylon, ensuring durability and resilience. Similarly, their knives feature high-carbon stainless steel blades, treated with extreme heat and cold for toughness. The manufacturing process at COAST is meticulous, producing tools with precision down to the micron, guaranteeing consistent performance even in the most hazardous conditions.

A Legacy of Innovation and Customer Focus

The story of COAST is not just about products; it’s about a family’s legacy and a deep understanding of their customers’ needs. From the original salmon fillet knife to leading the market in handheld LED lighting and optical technology, COAST has consistently been at the forefront of innovation. Their focus on practical, sensible designs has made their products a favorite among diverse groups, from police officers to DIY enthusiasts.

Powering Through Innovation

COAST’s dedication to providing flexible power options in their lighting products showcases their understanding of varied user needs. From Alkaline and Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Power to AC/DC options, COAST ensures that their customers have the right light with the best power option for any task, making every job safer, easier, and more enjoyable.

A Century of Trust

For over a hundred years, COAST has been more than just a brand; it’s been a trusted companion for professionals and hobbyists alike. Their unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and understanding the needs of their customers has made COAST a symbol of trust and reliability in an ever-changing world.


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