“The knife is the oldest tool in a chef’s armoury – older even than the management of fire, by somewhere between a million and two million years. Even at the earliest stages of human tool making, man was not randomly slashing at his food, but making careful decisions about which cuts to make with which tools. Knives are often our primary interaction between ourselves and our food – It is with this in mind that Cut Throat Knives are designed to enhance the cooking experience.”
Bladesmith Aidan Mackinnon is part of a new generation of knife makers, focusing on creating high-end bespoke kitchen tools for avid home cooks and chefs.
Aidan handcrafts all the knives in his shop. Starting with a hunk of steel and a slab of wood, he works to create beautiful knives that perform at the very highest level for a lifetime of service and enjoyment. Each knife spends 15 – 20 hours in his hands.
Aidan uses a variety of steels, high carbon and stainless, chosen because they excel in the kitchen environment. The handles are made with Australian hardwoods and are sealed with a variety of oils and wax to bring out the beauty of the burl.
Quality has no substitute; throwaway culture deserves disposal; and tim-honoured skills are worthy of recognition.
PURPOSE: To build beautiful high-end kitchen tools that will last a lifetime and enhance the cooking experience of the user.MANIFESTO: In a world of increasingly disposable, valueless items, where homes and garage sales and superstores are packed with mediocre pieces that are bought, used, and ignored, what could be more important than learning once again to value what we buy, and feel a connection to the people who create around us?
I strive to achieve two things with every knife I make. Firstly, that each knife is made with the utmost quality and integrity; and secondly, that each knife will go on to bring a lifetime of service and culinary enjoyment.