Every knife, a masterpiece
Handcrafted Grohmann Knives are recognized around the world for their beauty, balance and quality. They have won more than 25 international honors including a display at the New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art. Grohmann Knives: used by hunters and chefs for over 45 years and still going strong.
Proudly North American Made for Over 50 YearsThe Grohmann Story
Grohmann: \'grow man\
Grohmann Knives Limited is a small family business with a big reputation. It is an Old World story that began before the second World War, when a commercial buyer from Quebec traveled once a year to a factory in Sudetenland, then a German region of Czechoslovakia, to buy pocket knives. Every year the buyer would urge Grohmann the production manager at a plant in Mikulasovice, to come to Canada , promising him help to get started. Mr. Grohmann would always decline as he was happy in his own country, but after the war, the political situation grew desperate and in 1949 Rudolph Grohmann accepted the offer.
Within a year, Grohmann and his family arrived in Nova Scotia at the invitation of the provincial government-funded Pictou Cutlery, which closed after three years. Mr. Grohmann, determined to make knives, built a garage workshop & began producing & engraving folding knives designed by himself.
Shortly after, Deane H. Russell, the private secretary to Prime Minister MacKenzie King, was tired of only finding imported knives at every store he went into. He thought there should also be Canadian knives on the market, so set out for a knife maker to help him make his dream come true. Mr. Grohmann met with Mr. Russell and together they set out to design truly Canadian made knives. After field testing with the help of hunters & trappers across the far north, the D.H. Russell Belt Knife Original #1 was born. The Original, along with various other designs, won many awards and recognitions worldwide. Grohmann and Russell created three more models together, the #2 Trout and Bird, #3 Army, & #4 Survival.
"Grohmann Knives Limited" was formed in 1961 by the family and was run by one of Grohmann's daughters, Berta, & her husband Michael Babinec Sr. They passed the family business down to their three sons who all worked in the business together at one time, Norman, Roland & wife Chris and Michael Jr. & wife June along with some of their children.
Today, Michael Babinec Jr. with daughter Michelle are running the business along with approximately 25 employees including Michelle's husband Scott who retired from the CAF and became Production Manager. Over the years, Grohmann Knives has added to the award-winning Canadian outdoor knives complementing the collection.
Six lines of kitchen knives have been included in production over the years, as well as many unique, custom made knives & machine knives. Grohmann Knives are sold the world over in many countries.
At Grohmann Knives, making knives is as much an art as a trade. The top quality knives are produced with as many as 53 steps between starting point & finished product.
Grohmann Knives offers Free Factory Tours of the plant in Nova Scotia. At Grohmann's, it's a matter of pride & family tradition!