Blenheim Forge

Superb Chef Knives Hand Forged in Peckham

We hand forge kitchen knive

You can cook, if you need to, with a fire and a few ingredients. You can make things simple with a pot or two. But cooking changes the day you choose a decent knife. A good knife is probably going to set you back a few quid. It needn’t cost thousands, but you’re certainly going to choose one that’s suitable for the upper limits of your skills. Choosing your knife is a statement about yourself “I am a cook - not just someone who cooks”.

Once that choice, that declaration and that investment is made, everything changes. Every piece of knifework you do becomes easier but you also begin a relationship with the knife you’ve chosen. With every use you become more skilled, adapting to the knife. With every sharpening, with every nick you put in the edge, the blade adapts to you. In a remarkably short period of time you and your knife grow together. As in any relationship, there is always, still, a long way to go. The knife, mishandled, can do you enormous damage. If you mistreat your knife, you too can damage it. If you keep it as sharp as you should, you will never lose respect for it’s awful capabilities, even as you become more and more skilled in using them.

But because of this, the cost, the time, the development of a ‘relationship’ something wonderful happens. You are so invested in the blade you own that you will not take it in your hand without the intention to enjoy it. Every time I take it from the roll and wrap my fingers around the handle of my favourite knife, I know that every single cut I make will be a pleasurable experience, something honourable, meditative, physical yet calming.

A good knife will, indeed, transform the way you cook
— Tim Hayward, Author of 'Knife'

Originating and based in Peckham, South London; Blenheim Forge is the steel workshop of blade-smiths Jon Warshawsky, James Ross-Harris and Richard Warner, in which they create hand-forged quality kitchen knives.

History

Self-taught; knife making began as a hobby that James Ross-Harris and Jon Warshawsky cultivated in their back garden on a hand-made forge, fuelled by a blend of coke and charcoal.

Over the years they have perfected their craft, focusing on fine-tuning the process of hand-forging in order to create knives of the highest character and performance.

Shortly after setting up, Blenheim Forge expanded to include machine-making extraordinaire Richard Warner, and moved into Arch 229, Blenheim Grove; a railway arch with a long history of metalwork artistry.

Blenheim Forge now sells their knives to chefs and cooking-enthusiasts around the world.