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 17+ 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 70+ different brands. I believe that gives us the widest variety of knives of any online store and perhaps any regular retail store. Over time, I have added hard to find, hand-crafted Japanese knives from small blacksmiths in Japan like Takeda, Moritaka, and Tanaka and this is the primary focus of our website along with sharpening stones. We are both proud of our selection and we are committed to fast shipping and excellent customer service.
Sue and I moved to Madison 26 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. We both love to travel and enjoy biking the rural roads of southern Wisconsin.