Sur La Table has made history by being the only national premium kitchenware retailer to carry an American cutlery brand, STEELPORT Knife Co.
STEELPORT, a small team handcrafting American-forged Carbon Steel cutlery in Portland, Oregon, will have their full line of five essential kitchen knives and select accessories available for purchase at 21 Sur La Table retail locations nationwide and online as of May 3, 2022.
â€œAmerican-made cutlery will now have more visibility than ever before, finally able to broadly present American premium craftsmanship to those customers who value a modern heirloom,â€ says STEELPORT founder and CEO Ron Khormaei. â€œWe created STEELPORT with the mission of reintroducing American-forged cutlery on a national, accessible scale, and our partnership with the well-respected Sur La Table is a monumental step towards accomplishing that goal.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to be the first national retailer to bring STEELPORT to market. As two Pacific NW companies, dedicated to best-in-class products, SLT and STEELPORT couldnâ€™t be a better partnership,â€ says Kelly Smith, senior cutlery buyer. â€œWe love the STEELPORT teamsâ€™ dedication to a 100% made in America knife, a rare find indeed! This heirloom quality cutlery is sure to delight our customers with its beauty and performance. Each knife will be as unique as the burlwood used for the handles and the hand forged blades.â€
â€œEverything from our choice of steel, Oregon Big Leaf Maple handles, proprietary heat treatment, and use of coffee for the patina all comes back to our â€˜craftsmanship without compromiseâ€™ drive,â€ says STEELPORT Co-founder and Bladesmith Eytan Zias. â€œThis is the knife weâ€™ve always wanted for ourselves but was not available in the market.â€
Until this partnership, there were no American-made knives available at any premium national kitchenware retailers. While there are many talented custom knife makers in the US, their knives have not been accessible to general consumers due to limited availability and price. The STEELPORT team has developed their processes to deliver a highest-quality American handcrafted knife in large enough consistent volumes for a national retailer to carry it.
In 2021, STEELPORT launched their brand and flagship product, the 8â€ Chef Knife, to great acclaim. In 2022, they expanded their line with a 6â€³ Chef Knife, 4â€ Paring Knife, 10â€³ Bread Knife, and 10â€³ Slicing Knife, plus custom fitted wooden sheaths and a carbon steel care kit to deliver a comprehensive solution for kitchens.Â