SEATTLE, March 10, 2016 — For Quintin Middleton, knives are far more than a product. They’re a direct reflection of a childhood dream and unbridled passion. There are perhaps better-known bladesmiths, such as Bob Kramer Knives, Cut Brooklyn and Murray Carter Cutlery, but Middleton knives have really made a splash on the scene.
Charleston, South Carolina, is where this dream takes place, and on almost any day, you can find Quintin producing knives. They range from all over the pricing map, starting around $100 for his MKD-labeled paring knife to well over $1,000, depending on how custom you’d like him to get.
The best cutlery producers all have a sense of passion that’s reflected in their product, but there’s something different about Quintin – his unbridled passion, love for life and striving to make the best product he can are quite contagious and compelling.
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While he started producing each blade by hand, he has since launched his MKD line, which is produced using a C&C machine. This greatly reduces his time having to do things by hand and thus the knives are more affordable. They’re still made exactly to his specifications and standards; however, they aren’t fully made by hand.
There’s something very “American” about Quintin’s story of how he got into making knives. Here’s his story:
What makes a great knife is one that uses superb materials and superb steel and feels great in the hand. Middle Made Knives fit all of those criteria. The quality of the steel is important, as stronger steel holds its edge longer and requires less maintenance.
Of course, they’re more expensive than your brand-names sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond – they should be. They’re a far superior product that will last many lifetimes with proper care.
We got our hands on one of Quintin’s 6” Santoku knives to know what it “feels” like. There’s something a bit surreal holding a knife that was recently hand-made with great attention and intention. We’ve been using it for over a couple weeks now nearly every day and have yet to even take a honing stick to it. The blade holds its edge superbly well, looks great and simply feels “right.”
It stays “scary sharp” for a long time, chop after chop, slice after slice – Quintin’s knife proved to be a serious workhorse that stayed comfortable in the hands for hours.
In a crowded world of culinary, it is very refreshing to find American-made knives that represent the finest of what this country can do – Middle Knives are such a product. When you get a Middleton knife, you’re not simply getting a knife, but something that’s likely to be passed down for generations to come. You’re getting a tool for the kitchen that’ll faithfully do its job with minimal blade maintenance.
There’s a reason why a Rolls Royce costs more than a Mercedes – it’s all hand-crafted. These knives are in that echelon of products that deserve serious consideration as a life-long investments in your culinary adventures.
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