Since then, founder Laurie Timpson and his small Savernake team have gone on to do just that - and now supply knives to professional chefs and enthusiastic amateur cooks the world over. In tests by CATRA (the Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association) Savernake blades scored in the top 2.5% of knives tested and were rated 'Excellent' for both initial sharpness and durability.
Customers can use the Savernake online knife configurator to customise their own perfect knife from 44,380 possible options – or work with Laurie to design their very own bespoke knife from scratch, with complimentary personalised engraving on both custom and bespoke knife blades included as standard.
Knives are crafted using state-of-the-art engineering and time-honoured hand techniques, with each knife taking 50 plus hours to make. The signature concave blade geometry results in knives that cut better, weigh less and sharpen more easily and which are guaranteed for life.
Previous high-profile chef collaborations have seen Savernake work with Michelin-starred chefs Tom Aikens, Mark Sargeant and Daniel Galmiche; whilst collaborations with G.F Smith and leading design duo 2LG Studios have resulted in paper and recycled materials being used to create colourful knife handles and chopping boards.
Most recently, Savernake collaborated with bespoke furniture designer Lanserring to design a set of bespoke knives incorporating innovative PVD coating technology to add a champagne gold finish to the blades, in addition to utilising brass dovetail detailing often found in traditional cabinetry.
Despite the current challenges faced as a small British business, Savernake continues (with all necessary precautions in place) to make custom and bespoke knives to order from its small workshop on the edge of the Savernake forest near Marlborough.