Meet Hugo Byrne: the Limerick knife-maker with a 10-month waiting list

A Limerick knife-maker with a 10-month ready record says he hopes he could make a residing from his enterprise.

Hugo Byrne works out of a studio along with his father, producing made-to-order knives for on a regular basis use within the kitchen.

He defined to All the way down to Enterprise how he obtained right here.

“I used to be doing an internship up in a spot known as Conservation Letterfrack, which was a object conservation workshop, and a part of that internship was that they gave me a couple of items of wooden and it was an train in design to say ‘Oh, design some chopping boards out of those’.

“So I stated ‘Oh nice’ – I used to be actually scratching my head, getting actual enthusiastic about it, and it felt actually bizarre then in the long run attempting to design the chopping board with out having the knife to go along with it.

“It felt like designing the cart with out the horse – so I stated ‘Truly lads, can I make a knife as an alternative?’

“They usually had been like ‘Yeah, that is significantly better’ so that they obtained down all of the books on forging and knife-making and metal… and type of let me go.

“So I made a couple of knives for myself, I simply gave them to my dad and mom and my sister as items and issues.

Hugo Byrne knives Image by: Hugo Byrne Knives

“The actual ‘a-ha’ second was once I took it dwelling and cooked my dinner with it: that was an actual ‘Maintain on a minute, that is nice””.

“The results of design was that you can really use it, that was an actual new one for me.

“Off the again of that then, one or two mates of mine had been cooks and so they stated ‘Oh will you make me a knife?’ – after which it type of simply snow-balled from there.

“There’s plenty of studying as you go, and attempting to not make too many errors”.

However what makes the best knife for cooking?

“It is obtained to be first rate metal, it is obtained to be sharp, it is obtained to carry an edge, that type of factor.

“It is obtained to really feel proper within the hand… folks say ‘it is obtained to be balanced right here, it is obtained to be balanced there’.

“I feel that is just a little extra arbitrary and barely extra private, actually.”

Meet the Limerick knife-maker with a 10-month ready record

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“You already know your self with any tool: should you open up your knife drawer there’s one you all the time attain for greater than the others, and also you in all probability could not put your finger on why”.

“It does take just a little little bit of care, the knifes I make are carbon metal so it is not rust proof.

“So should you depart it within the sink in a single day, it’s going to be rusty the subsequent day.

“I feel as nicely that it needs to be, there’s barely extra upkeep than stainless nonetheless, folks care extra about it.

“And as you utilize it, the blade patinates so every part you narrow leaves its mark on the blade.

“In a yr’s time, the blade appears to be like utterly completely different to the way it did the day you bought it.

“It is darkish and mottled and the metal appears to be like actually utilitarian – which I feel is beautiful – it is the blade telling the story of its personal use, and it is made for use”.

Hugo Byrne knives Image by: Hugo Byrne Knives

On his ready record, he stated he has introduced his dad onboard.

“I am very, very fortunate in that my dad just lately retired and I share a studio with him right here and he’s extraordinarily useful.

“I used to be scratching my head a couple of yr in the past saying ‘I will should up manufacturing, I am going to have the ability to make these knives faster – or else I’ve should promote them for therefore unaffordable that the enterprise will not have the ability to maintain itself’.

“So Mike stated ‘I am going to come on as your assistant within the meantime, whereas we work out can this be a two-man job’.

“It is superb to have him, he is a extremely, actually good problem-solver and that offers me a little bit of area to work out making X quantity of knives and with the ability to promote them at X amount of cash – and is that this sustainable”.

“It is a matter of maintaining in control with the numbers: X quantity of knives should exit the door trigger X amount of cash has obtained to come back in every week.

“I am nonetheless very a lot within the teething stage of ‘Is that this sustainable, will have the ability to make a residing from it?’ Hopefully.”

Most important picture: Hugo Byrne. Image by: Hugo Byrne Knives

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