The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
For as long as I can remember, I've always lived on the edge of what others consider the norm. The message given to me was, "In order to truly be successful you need to become a Doctor, Lawyer or Engineer." But, although I respect those who have entered those professions, it just isn't how I am wired. Battling a mild form of dyslexia throughout school, I found solace and confidence when working with my hands. I'm sure I'm not the only student saved by wood shop. After giving college the "old college try", I finally could admit that the formal path was not for me. In trying to find what was for me, I had a variety of experiences that offered an alternative. From being a clown with Ringling Brothers (Clown College is no laughing matter) to working in a variety of restaurants across the country, I met people who taught me the importance of pursuing excellence - no matter what your craft. And since falling down this rabbit hole of knife making, I am so thankful for that lesson.
Somewhere in my journey, I came across the Japanese concept of Kaizen. It is the idea of "improvement" - that by focusing on improving a product or process by our attention to detail, and being present, we are also changing. In my shop we use Kaizen to mean The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence. Every day we ask, "how can we do this better?".
My quest is to make the best kitchen knives available. This wouldn't be possible without the support and interest of my customers and those who appreciate the art of craft. Thank you.