Established in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States.
For nearly two centuries, the name Lamson has been synonymous with the finest handcrafted cutlery available. A fusion of artistry and functionality, our knives and kitchen tools are masterfully created to offer an unrivaled, professional-quality product to expert chefs and home culinary enthusiasts alike.
Quality Fit for a King (or a President)
In 1869, newly elected U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant received a rather “cutting edge” gift from a small manufacturer nestled in a quaint northwestern Massachusetts town. Lamson & Goodnow humbly presented our nation’s new leader with a 62-piece dinner set. Half of the handcrafted pieces bore handles of ivory, while the handles on the others were pure mother-of-pearl.
Whether these finely fashioned utensils were used in the White House for entertaining dignitaries or simply a gift of American-made craftsmanship and beauty, we may never know for sure. But the rest, as they say, is history: as pieces of this extraordinary gift remain in the nation’s capital on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
The company flourished rapidly on its well-founded reputation for crafting White House worthy dining implements reaching far and wide. Soon, Lamson had become the country’s premier cutler. It’s a status we proudly hold to this day, as America’s growing appreciation for home and hearth, as well as its passion for new culinary adventures, continues to drive our creativity and commitment.
Since 1837, Lamson has survived major world events, difficult financial times, growing international competition, and even a natural disaster that forced us to relocate from our original factory. Through it all, our spirit and commitment to American craftsmanship has not diminished. On the contrary, these experiences have inspired a renewed celebration of our heritage – the superior quality, service, and passion for excellence that would make our founders proud.
With designs as diverse as the professional and household needs we supply, Lamson products are at once high-performing and stylish, traditional and innovative. As we move toward a third century in a business we’ve long exemplified, our mission remains steadfast: to aim for nothing short of American-made perfection.
As the oldest continuous manufacturer of cutlery in the United States, we continue our proud heritage of offering the very finest in kitchen knives, tools and accessories. Explore Lamson and experience products handcrafted with care and deep-rooted in tradition.