Town Cutler is a multifaceted company dedicated to professional cutlery and handmade culinary goods. We are makers, service providers, and a retailer of all things cutlery. Our products are for people with a passion for cooking and an appreciation of enduring handmade goods. We strive to share our experience and knowledge with our customers to build long-term confidence and enjoyment in the kitchen through the use of trusted and reliable cutlery and culinary products.
About Town Cutler
Founded in San Francisco in 2011, by former Chef Galen Garretson, Town Cutler is a destination for high-quality knives and a hub for professionals and home cooks to share in their passion for cutlery and cooking. At our San Francisco and Chicago locations, we offer a curated selection of exceptional cutlery and culinary goods from around the world. We also provide expert knife sharpening, restoration services, and our in-house line of custom-made knives and waxed canvas and leather culinary bags and scabbards.
Town Cutler San Francisco
Town Cutler Chicago
The Town Cutler Warehouse
Since our founding we have grown in size and scope, expanding to a second retail location in Chicago and a warehouse dedicated manufacturing. At our Reno warehouse, we produce our proprietary line of knives, tools, and culinary bags. We pride ourselves on being a team of makers producing handmade culinary goods that are of our design and control. Beyond being the heart of our production, the Town Cutler warehouse is a place where we try out new ideas, develop new products, and seek ways to better people's enjoyment in the kitchen.
Meet the Founder
In 2011, Galen Garretson opened town cutler after working in kitchens for over ten years. Before working in restaurants, Galen had always been fascinated with knives, learning how to sharpen knives from his father, who was also a knife nerd. Receiving his first pocketknife at five, Galen grew his collection to a few dozen by age ten. This fascination with knives was the main thing that brought him into kitchens, starting his career at the age of 16, at Heise’s steakhouse in Carson City, Nevada.
After working in kitchens for a couple of years, Galen decided to move to San Francisco and enrolled in the California Culinary Academy in 2003. After graduating, he worked his way through San Francisco at Beach Chalet, Mecca, Town Hall, Magnolia, Wayfare Tavern, and Quince. It was at Quince when Galen decided to hang up the chef coat and open up Town Cutler. At Quince, Galen and Chef Tusk often discussed their shared appreciation for antique knives, and it was these conversations that would form the early ideas of Town Cutler. During service, Galen would write down his ideas for Town Cutler on a napkin and compile them at home after a long shift in the kitchen.
Despite being a famous culinary city, San Francisco had no local cutlery stores for cooks to visit that offered both a wide variety and extensive knowledge of knives. At the time, many cooks were left to purchase knives online without being able to talk with an expert or feel a knife before purchase, both of which seemed essential. In addition to creating a high-quality knife store, Galen wanted to offer an expert knife sharpening service, where techniques and methods could be openly showcased and shared with customers. The idea of Town Cutler was not just to be a well-informed and stocked hub for professionals and home cooks, but as a place to widely share information and help educate people about knives.
After opening Town Cutler, Galen met Mastersmith Aaron Wilburn and began visiting his shop with an interest in learning how to make knives. A primary goal of his had always been for Town Cutler to have an in-house line of cutlery and within a couple of years, Galen started making and selling custom-made culinary knives. While there had always been American knife makers, Galen says when he started making knives, “Most of the knives available at the time were from Germany and Japan.” Feeling it was time for American made knives, Galen wanted Town Cutler to be a part of a new wave of knife makers. One way that Town Cutler sets itself apart in this new generation of knife makers is how Galen's culinary background informs and inspires the making. The experience and needs of the professional chef are at the core of Town Cutler, whether when designing a knife, creating new culinary tools, or making sure that you have a reliable and sharp knife.
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What People Are Saying About Town Cutler
I would recommend Town Cutler to anyone, from a home chef to a line cook to a sous chef to an executive chef. Town Cutler offers product for any level and budget. A home cook would not be intimidated to walk into Town Cutler because Galen is so friendly, engaging and knowledgeable - not to mention the store itself is just fun and cool. It feels like a neighborhood store from 20 years ago in San Francisco, before small businesses started disappearing. Galen's artisan passion and dedication to preserving craft is so needed and valued." - Chef Michael Tusk, Chef/Owner of Quince and Cotogna
"I would absolutely recommend Town Cutler products to anyone! The quality alone is enough to recommend them, but once you are hit with the personal attention that Galen gives his customers then you would be a fool not to support his company. My family and I like to support small ran businesses that have a personal touch and that is just what Town Cutler is and will continue to be." - Dakota Weiss, Executive Chef/Partner of Estrella and Sweetfin Poke, Top Chef Season 9
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