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Design the knife of your dreams

Elevate your cooking game with the custom cutlery that is as unique as you are! With over 1,500 different combinations, this is finally your chance to make the kitchen knife of your dreams come to reality, with Primeaux's own Custom Knife Designer.
You get the opportunity to pick the blade, bolster and handle that speak to your personal style.

Then our dedicated Primeaux team in Knoxville, Tennessee will get to work! About a week later, you will have your very own bespoke custom knife!

Forging - The Birth of a Blade

At Primeaux, the process starts with a raw piece of high-grade steel. This steel is heated in a specialized forge until it reaches a temperature that makes it malleable. Our skilled blacksmiths then use an anvil and a hammer to shape the heated steel into the basic form of the knife, a process called forging. It's here that the blade begins to take its unique shape, be it a Zenith Chef knife, a Meridian Petty knife, or one of our many other styles.

Grinding - Shaping and Sharpening

After the blade has been forged and cooled, it enters the grinding phase. Here, we grind the blade to refine its shape and create the cutting edge. This process requires precision and skill to ensure the blade is both sharp and durable. We gradually reduce the thickness of the blade, working our way towards the edge, until we have a perfectly shaped and balanced knife.

Finishing - The Final Touches

The last step is the finishing process. Here we give the blade a thorough polishing to create a smooth, shiny surface. Simultaneously, we craft the handle, often from a beautiful piece of wood, and attach it to the blade. The knife is then finely honed and inspected for any imperfections. Only when the knife meets our stringent quality standards do we consider it finished, ready to be a part of your kitchen.

Each Primeaux knife is a testament to our commitment to quality and craftsmanship, meticulously handcrafted from start to finish, embodying the spirit of artistry, functionality, and culinary excellence.

Kitchen Essential:

Primeaux Chef Knife

This Primeaux 8.5" Chef Knife is the epitome of culinary finesse, blending the best of both Western and Eastern style chef's knives. The blade profile is impressively versatile with an added height that offers comfort during food preparation, keeping your knuckles off the cutting board for safer, faster, and more efficient meal prep.

Our Journal

Why Designing Your Own Primeaux Kitchen Knife is a Game-Changer

Why Designing Your Own Primeaux Kitchen Knife is a Game-Changer

Your kitchen is a reflection of your personality, and every tool should complement it. A custom-designed Primeaux knife isn't just about functionality; it's about aesthetic expression. Choose from ...

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Casey Vilensky: Canadian Based Knifemaker to Teach Upcoming Workshop

Casey Vilensky: Canadian Based Knifemaker to Teach Upcoming Workshop

Now, the magic of Casey's craftsmanship is coming to Primeaux. Our upcoming 4-day Mosaic Damascus Integral Bolster Knifemaking Workshop will provide attendees with a rare opportunity to learn from ...

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From Phillips Forged to Primeaux

From Phillips Forged to Primeaux

It's been a fantastic year and the transition from artist to entrepreneur has its ups and downs but I was able to create the first iteration and brand new style of knives.

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The Primeaux Knife Journey: Quality Commitment, and the best kitchen tools

From Humble Beginnings to Perfection

We spent YEARS designing the perfect knife.  Our signature Primeaux design came from a lengthy and iterative process began years ago in the garage of founder John Phillips, where the dream of Primeaux was born, forging one knife at a time. The end result is a kitchen knife that is perfectly balanced, razor-sharp and a pleasure to use for both professional and home cooks alike.

Crafting Excellence

Through the production of thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces, extensive research and experimentation, finally the signature Primeaux knife was born. We worked through over 1,300 different design iterations to arrive at our innovative handle design that provides the perfect balance, coupled with a comfortable and ergonomic grip that helps you cut better for longer by holding the knife in the correct pinch grip posture.

Finest Quality Ingredients

Our name says it all, PRIMEAUX (Pre’-moh), it means “the best” and we strive to show this in everything we do!  Our small team is focused on bringing only the best products into the world.  So we source the finest quality steels to use in each and every knife which we couple with select handle materials to make the finest cutlery available. We want these pieces to be enjoyed for years to come!

Lifetime warranty

Every piece is expertly crafted to last generations. Decades have been dedicated to honing our craft all to give our customers the absolute finest cutlery and kitchen accessories possible. We only source premium materials and pay close attention to every detail of the knife to ensure the most superior quality. If there should ever be a defect in the materials or craftsmanship, we are more than happy to replace the piece.

We want to be there for you everyday

We envision your Primeaux knife as your trusted companion every time you venture into the kitchen. Accidents can happen - perhaps an edge gets chipped, but don't worry. It might just be the opportune moment for a touch of rejuvenation! Reach out to us for our dedicated repair and restoration services. We take pleasure in providing your knife with the meticulous care it warrants - a true spa day for your cherished utensil. Simply email us at and we will lovingly restore your Primeaux knife to its original glory!

Hassle Free Returns

Not ready to wield such incredible power? Or just not what you expected? We are happy to accept returns for a refund or exchange on unused pieces within 30 days of purchase. Just see our Customer Service Page to check the terms and conditions.