About Lamson Products

Established in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States.

For nearly two centuries, the name Lamson has been synonymous with the finest handcrafted cutlery available. A fusion of artistry and functionality, our knives and kitchen tools are masterfully created to offer an unrivaled, professional-quality product to expert chefs and home culinary enthusiasts alike.


Quality Fit for a King (or a President)

In 1869, newly elected U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant received a rather “cutting edge” gift from a small manufacturer nestled in a quaint northwestern Massachusetts town. Lamson & Goodnow humbly presented our nation’s new leader with a 62-piece dinner set. Half of the handcrafted pieces bore handles of ivory, while the handles on the others were pure mother-of-pearl.

Whether these finely fashioned utensils were used in the White House for entertaining dignitaries or simply a gift of American-made craftsmanship and beauty, we may never know for sure. But the rest, as they say, is history:  as pieces of this extraordinary gift remain in the nation’s capital on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

The company flourished rapidly on its well-founded reputation for crafting White House worthy dining implements reaching far and wide. Soon, Lamson had become the country’s premier cutler. It’s a status we proudly hold to this day, as America’s growing appreciation for home and hearth, as well as its passion for new culinary adventures, continues to drive our creativity and commitment.

 



Product Evolution

Today, our talented artisans still handcraft each piece right here in western Massachusetts. The Lamson product line has become an extensive selection of elegantly functional products, including both stamped and forged cutlery, kitchen tools and trade tools.

In the wake of the disastrous 2011 flood that greatly impacted Vermont and bordering Massachusetts communities, Lamson embarked on our first and only relocation in 178 years. In 2015, we moved our base of operations from Shelburne Falls to Westfield, a few towns to the south.  While advanced precision machinery at our new facility allows us to utilize modern production enhancements, we ensure that traditional hand assembly and final edging techniques remain inherent to our manufacturing process. The legacy is still present in Shelburne Falls where an outlet store and select manufacturing exists in the original location.

In 1999, Lamson purchased Tree Spirit®, a company whose tradition of handcrafted quality reflects our own. This acquisition allowed us to offer professional-quality hardwood kitchen accessories, including cutting boards, bowls, utensils, and storage products. In 2002, we introduced HotSpot® silicone potholders, trivets and funnels, pioneering an area of technology now regarded as a staple of the modern kitchen. HotSpot® is known as the best in the industry for its professional-grade heat resistant to 450 degrees.

Today, our talented artisans still handcraft each piece right here in western Massachusetts. The Lamson product line has become an extensive selection of elegantly functional products, including both stamped and forged cutlery, kitchen tools and trade tools.

In 1999, Lamson purchased Tree Spirit®, a company whose tradition of handcrafted quality reflects our own. This acquisition allowed us to offer professional-quality hardwood kitchen accessories, including cutting boards, bowls, utensils, and storage products. In 2002, we introduced HotSpot® silicone potholders, trivets and funnels, pioneering an area of technology now regarded as a staple of the modern kitchen. HotSpot® is known as the best in the industry for its professional-grade heat resistant to 450 degrees.

New Partnership
In December of 2015, local investors led by Longmeadow Capital purchased Lamson & Goodnow and renamed it LongCap Lamson Products, LLC. With a history of acquiring high-quality but underperforming brands, and rebuilding them to their rightful prominence, Longmeadow Capital is committed to rekindling Lamson as a great American brand.

Timeless Commitment

Since 1837, Lamson has survived major world events, difficult financial times, growing international competition, and even a natural disaster that forced us to relocate from our original factory. Through it all, our spirit and commitment to American craftsmanship has not diminished. On the contrary, these experiences have inspired a renewed celebration of our heritage – the superior quality, service, and passion for excellence that would make our founders proud.

With designs as diverse as the professional and household needs we supply, Lamson products are at once high-performing and stylish, traditional and innovative. As we move toward a third century in a business we’ve long exemplified, our mission remains steadfast: to aim for nothing short of American-made perfection.     

As the oldest continuous manufacturer of cutlery in the United States, we continue our proud heritage of offering the very finest in kitchen knives, tools and accessories. Explore Lamson and experience products handcrafted with care and deep-rooted in tradition.