About

Hi, my name is Milan Tuma and I come from the Czech Republic, from the heart of the Highlands, from the town of Velké Meziříčí.

You are probably asking where and how I got into the cutlery trade and where I learned it. It’s probably a cliché, but it happened by accident. While cleaning out the workshop in our family home, I found an old kitchen knife that belonged to my wife’s grandfather. The knife was rusted and had no handle, so I decided that repairing the knife would be my first project in the revived workshop in years.

I was working as an electrician at the time and as a classic handyman, without experience, I set about repairing the knife. . It didn’t go well. Although the knife looked good when finished, I sanded and polished the blade, made new blades, glued everything together, oiled and sharpened it and ran to show it off to my wife. I took the praise and proudly put the knife in the kitchen. within a few days the knife started to corrode, the blade was spotty and rusty in places and the blades started to peel off dangerously. That was the impetus to figure out how to do it again and better.

Six months of intensive theoretical study of knife making followed. Lots of long evenings watching videos from cutters all over the world, reading articles, looking for sources of materials and especially hours and hours of consultations with my dad Milan Tuma senior, who thanks to his lifelong experience with metalworking started helping me with the equipment and built my first belt grinder. I decided to make Japanese-style kitchen knives. With the right equipment, the work went surprisingly well, albeit slowly. Being a patient person, I continued on with ant-like steps.

After a few months I found that I really enjoy and fulfill this hobby. It wasn’t long before, despite the commitments in our growing family, I decided to quit a certain job and make a full-time living as a knifemaker. It was hard at first, but I also got better with each knife, which is still happening today.

Thanks to the tremendous support of my family and you, my customers, I can continue to do this amazing craft and supply you with the best and highest quality knives that I stand behind.