BootHill Blades Kitchen Knives Are Middle Tennessee Made Works Of Art

Dated: 07/31/2017

Views: 477

by TJ Anderson

There’s a reason why the Top Chef producers chose “pack your knives and go” as their contestant kiss-off line — for people who love to cook, professionally or just as a passion, few tools are as personal and prized as knives.

Lots of large companies mass produce really solid cutlery, but small-run, custom knife makers are really where the kitchen-obsessed folks go. Or so I’m told by my culinarily talented friends.

That was on my mind when I recently stumbled on BootHill Blades, whose custom knives and kitchen tools are made right here in Middle Tennessee, and are absolute works of art.

Image title

Based just northwest of Nashville in Clarksville, Tennessee, the company is a husband/wife-run effort — Jared Thatcher is the metal master, and wife Kylee Thatcher heads up all things wooden, from hand-carved spoons to cutting boards.

Since I tend to get obsessed with a) handmade things b) things made locally, BootHill Blades is right up my alley. And while all of BootHill’s creations are impressive, I find myself really drawn to the knives, which Jared hand-forges using recycled materials.

In their Clarksville shop, he’ll heat and hammer blades that might’ve started their story decades ago as a saw blade or bike chain, then hand-hone and sharpen them, hand-attach them to handmade handles… These get tons of personal attention, and it shows.

The BootHill Blades intent, the video up top notes, was to create affordable custom knives for line cooks and other kitchen pros. If you’ve done any high-end knife shopping at places like Williams Sonoma, you’ll see that the affordability claim is legit — these knives don’t come cheap, but they’re in line with lots of mass-produced high-end knives, and in comparison to many custom options, much, much more approachable.

Example: a custom 8-inch BootHill Blades chef knife runs about $400. A 7-inch butcher knife, closer to $350.

Since BootHill Blades are non-stainless, carbon steel knives, they take a little more attention than your everyday kitchen knife — you’ll need to hand-wash and hand-dry, occasionally oil the blade. But when you upgrade from knives that come in a block and a box to the real deal, a lot more love is put into them, so a little more love is required to keep them up.

Image title

The one catch here: Getting custom craftsmanship like this via a two-maker team can take a little time. If you want a particular BootHill Blades knife, you can place a custom order, but their lead time is about 15 months. Other option: The first Wednesday of each month, they send out a newsletter with 10-20 knives that are already done and available for purchase. You’ll just have to jump quickly. (Sign up for the BootHill Blades newsletter here.)

For a little more insight into why I’m so impressed with these Nashville-area artisans, check out the BootHill Blades Instagram. (You’ll also get early tips about what’s coming up in the newsletter there.)

For more info:

Are you looking for a new Middle Tennessee kitchen, before you start looking around for Middle Tennessee-made kitchen knives? I’d love to help. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here, and let me know what’s on your new-home must-have list.

Blog author image

TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

Latest Blog Posts

Home Prices In Tennessee At Record High

by TJ AndersonWe all know by now that the real estate market in Nashville is markedly strong, and has been for a good while now. Broader truth: It’s not just here in Middle Tennessee — all of

Read More

The 2018 Home Decor Trend Of Bold Patterned Couches And Seating

by TJ AndersonI’ve made pretty plain my enduring love of bold-patterned painted concrete/encaustic tile, and if you look around home design blogs and magazines, it’s clear how much that decor

Read More

Homes For Sale In Franklin TN That Get You In Or Close To Historic Downtown

by TJ AndersonI’ve been saying this for years, but it only keeps getting more true: Historic Downtown Franklin is a treasure. Historic charm, small-town friendliness, world-class eating and

Read More

Williamson County Homes For Sale That Are Brimming With Luxury

by TJ AndersonIn writing about Brentwood homes for sale the other day, I happened to mention that the Nashville suburb is touted as one of the wealthiest cities in the country, relative to the cost

Read More