This was our first hand drawn logo.

Black Beard Fire was created in a small apartment in 2019 by two blue collar brothers. With a strong passion for American made craftsmanship and quality, KJ and Kaimahi Thompson went to work creating a product that would soon become a favorite tool of Americans all over the nation.

The apartment could no longer satisfy the demands.

The brothers moved the manufacturing operations to their Grandmother’s garage. Because of limited space in the garage they had to have the fulfillment side of the business separate. Everyday they would manufacture in the garage then drive the freshly made inventory to KJ’s home where they would then fulfill orders in his basement, loading up the car and dropping the orders off at the Post Office. “It wasn't the most efficient way to run a business, but we had to work with what we had.”

Chasing Dreams

They now have their own warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. Have both retired from their day jobs and are happily pursuing their dream of making Black Beard Fire Starters a household name when it comes to fire.

KJ Thompson

The oldest of 5 siblings. Was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before Black Beard Fire he was a carpenter, specializing in building mountain rustic furniture. Worked as a carpenter for 15 years before he retired to pursue his dream full time. KJ spent several years of his early adult life living deep in the South Pacific in the island Kingdom of Tonga. Which he considers his home away from home. KJ is an Eagle Scout and loves being outdoors. He enjoys creating things, spending time with his wife and kids, and doing anything with his brothers. KJ is happily married to his sweetheart of 12 years. They have 4 beautiful children.

Kaimahi Thompson

Kaimahi is the middle child of the Thompson family. He worked with his older brother KJ as a carpenter for 10 years where he excelled as one of the fastest furniture builders in the nation. His curiosity and attention to detail served him well as transitioned his talents from woodworking to fire starters. Kaimahi is a phenomenal cook who loves to be in the kitchen or out on the grill any chance he can get. Kaimahi is also an Eagle Scout. He is happily married with 2 children with 1 more on the way