Hello and thanks for visiting Chef Knives To Go! My name is Mark
Richmond and I am the owner. I started the business in 2002 in
Madison WI along with my wife and business partner, Susan Brown.
The idea to start the knife business grew out of Sue's interest in
cooking. We had run a brick and mortar retail store for 10 years
and sold it in 2000. At that time, Sue decided to attend culinary
school at Madison Area Technical College. As she began accumulating
knives for school, I developed an interest in them myself and
thought it might be a good product to retail online. I told Sue I
wanted to run the business as a hobby out of a spare room in our
house. She didn't object and the business quickly turned into a
full-time job. After a year we moved the business out of our house
and into an office just a few blocks from our house, not far from
the UW-Madison campus.
So here we are 12+ years later. The business has been successful
and we are fortunate to be able to work together.
Recently I expanded our knife selection to include 70+ different
brands. I believe that gives us the widest variety of knives of any
online store and perhaps any regular retail store. Over time, I
have added hard to find, hand-crafted Japanese knives from small
blacksmiths in Japan like Takeda, Moritaka, and Tanaka and this is
the primary focus of our website along with sharpening stones. We
are both proud of our selection and we are committed to fast
shipping and excellent customer service.
Sue and I moved to Madison 26 years ago from Massachusetts where we