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Our Story

Our Values: Forging Culinary Excellence

At Forge To Table, our values are deeply rooted in tradition, craftsmanship, and innovation. We cherish the rich heritage of bladesmithing and the enduring legacy it represents. We are committed to delivering exceptional kitchen tools that blend time-honored techniques with modern precision.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower every chef, from home cooks to professionals, with the finest handcrafted Japanese-style knives. We strive to redefine precision in the culinary world by providing blades that marry heritage and innovation. With Forge To Table, your culinary journey becomes a masterpiece of craftsmanship and performance.

Picture of the Forge To Table founder Noah Rosen

Forge To Table's Beginnings

Noah Rosen, a culinary student, met Carole Zheng at a housewares show in Chicago. For Carole, this was a chance to expand her family’s knife company. A twist of destiny allowed her to attend the show, and she represented her family with their finest knives.

Heritage and Crafting Tradition

Alex's grandfather, a fisherman, started forging blades for locals nearly a century ago. Alex's father focused the family on bladesmithing. Alex studied Industrial Design in China, then the art of forging Japanese-style blades in Seki, Japan, known for its cutlery.

Image of Forge To Table knife over chopped up broccoli

Fusion of Tradition and Modernity

Seki is the heart of Japanese kitchen cutlery, blending ancient skills with modern technology. Alex returned to his family forge, expanding their capabilities and sourcing steel from Takefu, Japan, known for high-quality steel.

Birth of Forge To Table

Carole displayed her knives in Chicago at a housewares show. Noah, a culinary student, was drawn to her Japanese-style knives. Noah couldn't forget Carole's knives. A package from Carole and Alex arrived at Noah's school. It was a box of knives. Noah convinced Carole to produce a sample closer to his design. That's how Forge To Table started.

Image of Forge To Table worker Nong Qiang
Image of Forge To Table team at a trade show

Growth and Expansion

In April 2018, Noah launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for Forge To Table knives. Demand exceeded expectations, leading to growth. Meanwhile, in China, Alex and Carole run the forge full-time with a dedicated team, ensuring quality with a personal touch.

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