Hello and thanks for visiting Chef Knives To Go! My name is Mark Richmond and I am the owner. I started the business in 2002 in Madison WI along with my wife and business partner, Susan Brown.
The idea to start the knife business grew out of Sue's interest in cooking. We had run a brick and mortar retail store for 10 years and sold it in 2000. At that time, Sue decided to attend culinary school at Madison Area Technical College. As she began accumulating knives for school, I developed an interest in them myself and thought it might be a good product to retail online. I told Sue I wanted to run the business as a hobby out of a spare room in our house. She didn't object and the business quickly turned into a full-time job. After a year we moved the business out of our house and into an office just a few blocks from our house, not far from the UW-Madison campus.
So here we are 7+ years later. The business has been successful and we are fortunate to be able to work together.
Recently I expanded our knife selection to include 39 different brands. I believe that gives us the widest variety of knives of any online store and perhaps any regular retail store. I have added hard to find hand-crafted Japanese knives like Takeda, Moritaka, and Tanaka, while still carrying a wide selection of traditional knives such as Wusthof and Henckels. We are both proud of our selection we are commited to fast shipping and excellent customer service.
Sue and I moved to Madison 21 years ago from Massachusetts where we met. I grew up in Connecticut and New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in History and Political Science. Sue grew up in Massachusetts and graduated with a BA in English from UMass-Amherst. Sue still loves to cook and also volunteers at a local women's shelter. We both love to travel and enjoy biking the rural roads of southern Wisconsin.