America's Knifemakers Are Losing Their Edge

Courtesy Lamson & Goodnow

In its early years, the Lamson and Goodnow cutlery factory in Shelburne Falls, Mass., employed 500 workers and consumed 200 tons of steel a year, according to a survey of U.S. manufacturing published in 1864. The business has since lost its shine: The company, which still makes premium chef’s knives, steak knives, and an assortment of utensils and accessories, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.

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