RUKO LLC has good reason to celebrate the new year in 2014. As of Jan. 1, 2014, RUKO will be the exclusive North American importer of MUELA Knives of Spain, as per a deal recently inked between the two knife entities.
Says Christopher Koppe, president of RUKO, “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Muela to represent their brand in North America. My father, Rudolf Koppe, began working with Eladio Muela 23 years ago, in 1991. Following in their footsteps, Jose (Muela) and I are focused on a unified approach in building Muela into a household brand in the U.S. and Canada.”
RUKO LLC and RUKO of Canada have 79 combined years of experience importing, distributing and servicing the hunting, camping and sporting goods trades in the U.S. and Canada. MUELA has been manufacturing fixed-blade and folding knives from its factory in Argamasilla de Calatrava, Spain, since 1955. With an annual production of over 300,000 knives, Muela is one of Spain’s foremost knife factories specializing in genuine red-stag-handle knives, as well as limited-edition and one-of-a-kind pieces for collector’s globally, including the king of Spain.
With over 500 models in the program, MUELA offers a wide range of knives in a host of handle finishes with coral Pakkawood™, cocobolo, kingwood, olivewood, beech wood, walnut, ram horn and red stag for hunting and collectible knives; and G-10, linen Micarta®, nylon, Zamak and Kraton® rubber for entry level hunting, survival and tactical knives. Steels used (depending on form and function of the blade) include 420H (HRC 56-58), German X50CrMoV15 (HRC 57-58), 512-layer high-carbon or stainless damascus, MOVA-60 and Sandvik 14C28N.