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Cut Throat Knives

Handmade is a place where you can find a piece of design that is one-of-a-kind and crafted by artisans who treasure their art and work hard to create the most innovative products. In a movement away from mass-produced throw away attitudes, Australia’s craftspeople are promoting the traditional time-honoured skills that still bring us treasured pieces to last a long time. We are therefore delighted to be welcoming Cut Throat Knives to Handmade for the December Market on 8, 9 & 10 December. Founder and bladesmith, Aidan Mackinnon, is passionate about the process he and his co-workers undertake to create each knife.

As foodie culture is increasingly popular Australia-wide, and particularly in Canberra, home chefs are raising the bar to create their own kitchens, packed with professional equipment and tools. A Cut Throat knife is just such a tool. Each knife is hand made by one person, with time spent on each blade amounting to between 15 and 20 hours from piece of steel (high carbon or stainless) to finished blade, and the handle is crafted from Australian hardwoods and fixed with pins, then sometimes finished with resin containing a range of materials that makes each knife unique.

Aidan says: “The knife is the oldest tool in a chef’s armoury – older even than the management of fire. Even at the earliest stages of human tool making, man was not randomly slashing at his food, but making careful decisions about which cuts to make with which tools. Knives are often our primary interaction between ourselves and our food – It is with this in mind that Cut Throat Knives are designed to enhance the cooking experience.”

Bringing the range of chefs knives, sabatiers, santoku blades and paring knives from Melbourne, along with chopping boards and leather accessories, Aidan is fired up by the prospect of meeting the Canberra audience and sharing his knowledge. “We are really excited for our first Handmade Canberra market. Every time I travel to Canberra I’m blown away with how vibrant and passionate the local community is, it is just so different from how it was when I was a kid. We are just hoping that we’ll have enough time around the market to visit Molly’s Speak Easy and grab a drink.”

And we at Handmade are excited to meet such passionate people who are keeping the traditional methods alive and bringing superior quality products to Canberra. See you at the market.




Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


  • 23 & 24MARCH 2019
  • 29 & 30JUNE 2019
  • 7 & 8SEPTEMBER 2019
  • 6*, 7 & 8DECEMBER 2019
  • *FRIDAY5PM - 9PM
  • SAT & SUN10AM - 4PM


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