Last month, we sent three Grommeteers to visit the R. Murphy Knives factory in Ayer, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1850 as a cutlery business, the local company was family owned until 1954. Today, Mimi Younkins and her husband-business partner Mark Furman run the company, which still uses a handcrafted manufacturing process with machines about a century old.
“When I first walked in there, I was curious, very curious,” Bobby, our resident knife enthusiast, recounted to me. “I was blown away by the precision of everything -- and the thoughtfulness that went into the production of each knife.” He had watched the knives being prepped in the sea bath.
What’s more impressive is that the knives are made with local materials whenever possible (but the factory does go for regional and national when necessary). With its local factory, inclination for local materials, and local employees, I think R. Murphy Knives is a local treasure (with fans spanning both coasts) and very much a part of our local manufacturing history.
Here are some pictures taken by our wonderful Video Director Jesse during The Grommet's visit to the R. Murphy Knives local factory:
If you're interested in learning more about R. Murphy Knives, watch the Grommet video:
If you’re interested in a set of your own R. Murphy Knives (and are a supporter of buying American-made!), take a look at their Chef Collection and Shellfish Collection. Or, see their other selections on The Grommet.
Do you have a set of these premium knives? Share your experience with them in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.