I’m Anthony Topham…
and I make kitchen knives.
To make a phenomenal chef, and kitchen knife that anyone can take and feel like they can set the culinary world alight from their own kitchen.
It’s your knife afterall. Lets partner up.
Why else are you here?
Attention to details
It’s the small things that count.
Building on the past.
Inspiration: How it all started.
I started making knives in 2015 after my sister had graduated from the Capsicum Culinary Studio in Cape Town and I wanted to give her a special gift to commemorate her achievement.
She had mentioned to me that most off the shelf/store-bought knives dug into her wrist due to their long handles, so we shortened the handle for her. She liked quite a curved blade geometry that’s synonymous with German chef knives. The blade shape really lends itself to roll cuts. She wasn’t quite into the flatter edges of Japanese knives as I am which is better for push cuts.
We also chose a more western style handle shape over an eastern octagonal handle, which was her personal preference.
That was the start of a really interesting journey for me as a part-time knifemaker specializing almost exclusively in kitchen knives.
I love making chef knives because they are in use every day to prepare food for either yourself or your family. A sharp knife can make a noticeable difference in changing a daily chore, into an enjoyable family activity. If you have felt frustrated with your current kitchen knives when cooking, a quality knife will make a world of difference.
Whilst my family is all very competent in a kitchen, I only caught the “bug” as it were, in 2008 during a year-long working holiday in France aboard a luxury hotel barge. The Saint Louis Hotel Barge cruised the 120 miles of tranquil canals that encompass the Canal de Garonne in South Western France. One can easily argue that there is a better place to discover French cuisine and wine (also Scotch Whiskey but that’s a different story). It was a truly magical year and proof that adventures await if you have the courage to pursue them.
Today my style is a blend of traditional Japanese and Western chef knives that result in light, nimble and extremely sharp blades that retain enough backbone to stand up to the regular kitchen chores.
A special thanks
I’ve drawn upon the experience of my father (Roy) who is by nature a great tinkerer and by trade a structural steel draftsman. It’s in no doubt in whose footsteps I follow. He has helped me with various projects from equipment, equipping the workshop, and sourcing materials.
I joined the North Coast Knife Makers Club when I first started out as a knifemaker. The members have been a great resource and inspiration to draw upon from the very beginning and continuing to push me to this day. I’m currently the Chairman of the club and live in Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, where I spend my free time making and refining my knife designs.
Together with Andrew Bell, we are the sole distributors of Balbachdamast stainless damascus steel and titanium damascus alloys for the Southern Africa territory.