Most of us probably think German when we think
about buying good cutlery for the kitchen; Wusthof and Henckels come to mind. But
there is no need to look past our own shores for quality knives. A standout
American firm for quality knives is Lamson & Goodnow.
Lamson & Goodnow was founded by Silas Lamson and his two sons in,
can you believe it, 1837. The firm has been in continuous operation in
Shelburne Falls Massachusetts for 177 years. At the time of its founding, Lamson recruited experienced cutlery workers from both Sheffield, England and Solingen Germany, Europe’s two great champions of quality cutlery. Descendants of those workers are still employed by the Lamson & Goodnow. Given their lineage, Lamson & Goodnow’s soccer team must be perpetual champions of whatever league they play in.
Lamson & Goodnow make both stamped cutlery and forged cutlery. There is a small cottage industry debating the superiority of stamped v. forged cutlery. Suffice it to say that each type of knife has its benefits.
The variety of knives and other cutlery products offered by Lamson & Goodnow is truly remarkable. Lamson & Goodnow knives can be ordered with different handle materials ranging from “Earth”, a 100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper handle that is heat and
water-resistant to two types of wooden handles. As an added bonus for purchasing its knives, Lamson & Goodnow offers the Sharp for Life™ program so that LamsonSharp™ customers can have their knives sharpened at the Shelburne Falls factory by the craftsmen who made them.
In addition to knives, Lamson & Goodnow also produces sharpeners, scissors, knife blocks, kitchen necessities, and BBQ tools. Rounding out their extensive catalog, Lamson and Goodnow also offer very cool Paperstone® cutting boards made out of, wait for it, paper. I encourage you to visit Lamson & Goodnow’s website, read about the history of the firm and purchase some knives made especially for you by members of your extended American family.