Ginsu knives have infomercials. Chelsea Miller knives have stories. The Brooklyn-based Miller’s father was a blacksmith and early on she developed a fondness for working with her hands.
In 2011 she started making knives as a hobby, but their unique craftsmanship and her intriguing story started put her and them on the map. These days her knives are backordered 6 to 8 weeks. They’re made from found materials like horse shoe rasps and wood from her family’s farm in Vermont, and one of her trademark touches is to have a part of the knife serrated so it can be used as a grater. As her site says, “Chelsea’s inspiration stems from elements of surprise: textures and compounds which are suited for knife making but not necessarily intended for it.” [Purchase]