Anthony Topham Custom Chef Knives
Anthony's logo is his initials (AT) within a circle stylised in a Japanses kanji fashion symbolising the fusion between western and eastern cutlery styles.

Knife styles include:

  • Japanese Gyuto from R2500
  • Chef Knives from R2500
  • Santoku (Asian Chef Knife) from R2000
  • Nakiri (Vegetable Knife) from R2000
  • Petty (Utility Knife) from R1800
  • Paring from R1500

About Anthony Topham

I love making Chef knives because they are in use every day to prepare food for either yourself or your family. A sharp knife can make a noticeable difference in changing a daily chore, into an enjoyable activity. If you have felt frustration with your current kitchen knives when cooking, a quality knife will make a world of difference.

Inspiration:

I started making knives in 2015 after a friend and fellow knife-maker Andrew Bell, convinced me that I could make a knife for my myself. You see, my sister had recently graduated from the Capsicum Culinary Studio in Cape Town and I wanted to give her a special gift to commemorate her achievement.

She had mentioned to me that most off the shelf / store bought knives dug into her wrist due to their long handles, so I immediately shortened the handle for her. She liked quite a curved blade geometry synonymous with German chef knives. This blade shape really lends itself to roll cuts. She wasn't quite into the flatter edges of Japanese knives as I am, so chose a more western style handle shape.

That was the start of a really interesting journey for me as a part-time knifemaker specialsing almost exclusively in culinary knives.

Today my style is a blend of traditional Japanese and Western chef knives that result in light, nimble and extremely sharp blades that retain enough backbone to stand up to the regular kitchen chores. I'll use either stainless or high-carbon steels for my blades to ensure high hardness and edge retention. For the handle material, I'll use synthetic materials for professional kitchen knives or various naturally abundant African hardwoods and stabilised burls are sourced for their beauty, feel and durability.

Thanks

I was very fortunate to have joined the North Coast Knife Makers Club when I first started out as a knifemaker. The members have  been a great resource and inspiration to draw upon from the very beginning and continuing through to today.

I currently live in Hillcrest, where I spend my free time making and refining my knife designs.

Ordering

You can commonly purchase my work at the annual Durban Easter Knife Show and if you're in the USA, via AfricanCustomKnives.

Do reach out to me as I may have blanks on the work bench ready to be customised to your specifications. Or sign up to my newsletter list for first option on finished knives that become available.

Santoku Knife Aeb-l stainless steel with Leadwood brass and ebony wa handle
Handmade chef knife with aeb-l stainless steel and spalted stinkwood and African blackwood wa handle
Custom Santoku knife AEB-L stainless steel blade with African blackwood & Brass handle
Custom Chef Knife with mustard patina K110 blade and full tang Purple Flat Bean handle
Handmade 240mm Chef knife with semi-stainless K110 blade, Brass bolster and Leadwood handle

Contact Anthony
Location: Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.
Telephone: +27 (0) 82 652 0507