Last November, we launched R. Murphy Knives here at The Grommet and have since remained taken back with these USA Makers. We sent three Grommeteers to visit the R. Murphy Knives factory in Ayer, Massachusetts in order to share a closer look at how these knives are made.
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.