I’ve been on this venerable (1837!) American company’s mailing list for many years now. They’ve always had solid cutlery products, sort of comparable to Chicago Cutlery’s, but I’ve always found them lacking in fit and finish, and selection.
So imagine my surprise this morning to open another email ad. The kludge (sorry) is gone! The selection is now unexpectedly wide and deep, both in terms of Forged-vs-Stamped, profiles, style ranges and handle materials. What really impresses me, though, is that the entire line has been gone through stylistically, with an emphasis on ergonomics. They have added several specialty blades, e.g., a “Chinese” cleaver, offset bread knife, birdsbeak parer, etc. These changes and features I think put Lamson in direct market competition with the mass German and Japanese makers.
A careful parsing of the Lamson site reveals the claim that the knives are designed, assembled and finished in USA of German steel, leaving us to wonder if it was only the material that held them back from claiming “USA made”, or whether some or all of the blade blanks are manufactured elsewhere.
I have never owned or used a Lamson knife, but I have for many years owned one of their luxe BBQ/Grill tool sets, which is excellent. As a perfect example of the broadening of selections, Lamson has added a fish turner/Peltex tool to this line I’m definitely buying. I’d also like the offset bread knife, but I’m concerned that it is too short for larger boules.
I found the regular prices good.
Does anyone here already have any Lamson knives? I so, what do you think of them?
I also have to share that this is not a company that throws tradition out the window. Case in Chife is their “Granny Tools” line, which includes a 3.5 parer, allegedly made for 180 years. https://lamsonproducts.com/collections/granny-tools/products/grandmas-new-used-parer or those who don’t know, this profile starts out new as a regular parer would appear after decades of use and resharpenings–about 2/3 worn out. I once made 6 of these preworn knives for a group of older cooks whose parers had either been lost, tossed or worn out completely. IME, cooks who’ve never had the pleasure of this profile tend to love it. And only $22!
So check out Lamson…