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Story

Our Background

Every knife tells a story. This is ours...

At Savernake we believe in doing one thing well. For us, that thing is kitchen knives. Since opening our first workshop on the edge of the Savernake Forest in the West Country in 2016 we have been in tireless pursuit of the perfect knife, through a combination of the finest materials, modern innovations and traditional craft.

In our endless pursuit of perfection, we have ripped up the knifemaking rule book. We started at the chopping board and worked back, asking ourselves what makes the cleanest, most graceful cut? What fits just so in the hand? What turns any ingredient to butter? What makes service or dinner party prep fly by, yet will last a lifetime in the kitchen? What does every cook or chef need to best express their creativity, nourish their loved ones and excel in their careers? We are always asking ourselves those questions and many more. Always innovating and always pushing our processes forward. Taking one of mankind’s oldest crafts, and bringing it into the 21st century.

LAURIE TIMPSON

After a peripatetic existence, Laurie came back to England in 2014 and began Savernake Knives as a distraction from developing a system for the meaningful display of quantitative information. A slightly unusual career trajectory began with five years as an officer in the Scots Guards, three of them spent in Ulster at the tail end of the Troubles. The next decade or so saw him variously setting up emergency relief programmes in southern Sudan and Ethiopia, clearing landmines for the HALO Trust in Mozambique, Afghanistan and Cambodia, studying at the University of Cape Town, looking for gold in Liberia and running a power station in Nairobi along with other little exploits over much of sub-Saharan Africa. He now lives off the grid in the middle of the Savernake forest with his wife and baby boy.

His favourite knife is the Astounding Cleaver.

PHILIP SHAW

After a career that took him all over the globe, Philip came back to England in 2016 to join Laurie in setting up Savernake Knives. His career started in London launching and managing two successful pubs but it was his family roots in Kenya that led him to embark on an adventurous journey running safaris, learning to track wild animals with the Maasai and marketing several businesses in  both Kenya and Uganda. In 2011 he joined the consultancy firm Adam Smith International to head up their operations in South Sudan before moving to Pakistan where he was responsible for setting up and managing operations in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. He now lives in Wiltshire with his wife Georgie and their baby girl.

His favourite knife is the Brawny Chef.