About Simon Maillet
French bladesmith and gardener, I forge weld, grind, polish and sharpen Japanese inspired kitchen knives and billhook. Taking inspiration from the Japanese ethos of wabi-sabi, I'm adamant that “knives can be beautiful, but need first and foremost to be practical.” I value the centrality of food to life — and how using a quality knife can enhance the joy and quality of one’s cooking. Favouring the sustainability that using durable, locally-sourced materials lends his products over the disposability of their mass-produced equivalents, I'm passionate about the value of investing in tools that last. Hailing from a family of craftspeople, using his hands helps him to feel connected to his home, to the land, to the community of knifemakers and knife appreciators he is building around him.
Knife is complex by design but simple by nature. It's basically just a cutting edge. My job is to make it efficient, durable and elegant.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Ko-Gyuto 175x43mm, San-maï hand forged from 26C3 high carbon steel core and pattern welded steel cladding (15n20 with EN40J) in Sheffield.