A Cut Above the Rest
We visit the David Mellor cutlery factory for Riddle magazine
As David Mellor eloquently put it, using his cutlery is like eating with jewellery. And it is! The designs are brutally elegant, ultra sleek and perfectly balanced to the eye and in the hand. They make tucking into even a 16oz slab of prime rump an act of delicate beauty. They are Porsche engineering with Ferrari cornering for your cutlery draw.
Each piece is made, finished and polished by hand. The knives have their samurai edge individually ground into the blade. Factory manager, Andrew Cisalowicz, has been at David Mellor since he joined as an apprentice in 1978. He must have seen countless knives pass through the workshop but transforming knife shaped bits of shiny metal into fine slicing instruments is still a job he likes to do personally, ensuring years of absolute perfection are ground into each cutting edge. Even the insides of each and every fork prong is lovingly ground smooth and polished. No detail escapes attention.
Sloane Squares famous David Mellor shop opened in 1969 and the cutting edge designs within became an integral part part of Swinging Sixties Chelsea. Many of the designs available then, like Pride, Embassy and English, have become timeless classics and are still available and are increasingly sort-after today.
Every piece of David Mellor cutlery is made in a perfectly formed factory nestled in the Derbyshire hills. The Round Building factory, a jewel itself, was designed by Michael Hopkins and sits along side a museum of David’s work and their Country shop.
Corin Mellor, David’s son, continues in his fathers footsteps and has added his own cutlery and products designs to the range. In addition to the cutlery the two shops are replete with a beautiful collection of kitchen and table wear all carefully chosen by David’s wife, the highly acclaimed writer Fiona MacCarthy. Many of the items are exclusive to the David Mellor stores.
There is a website for internet sales too, but we recommend you dig out the Barbour and head off to the hills. Join Thomas Ryder Booth (the best dressed man in Darbyshire) for a tour around the factory, enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake then treat your kitchen to some culinary gems from the Country shop.