The MTBlades story

MTBlades : Who, what, how and why ... :

Who ? : MTBlades, it's only one people : me, the one talking to you, Benjamin Thuillier.

Designer, knifemaker, communication manager, stock and purchase manager, customer service agent, accountant, and also photographer, webdesigner, CHO... those are only a few of the many caps I wear turn by turn.
Click here to discover more about me.


What ? : Easy question : Knives. Handmade knives ! Folding knives, fixed blades, kitchen knives, machetes...


Click here if you aven't yet seen the collection !


How ? : By hand! In my workshop! With an ethical approach, to try and respect our planet, its environment and the people living on it.
 

Every steps of knifemaking are done in my workshop by myself. starting from a  piece of flat steel stock and some wood. I'm proud of doing all the grinds by free hand, with no jig or grinding guide, so to keep that handmade side of the making as much a  possible.

Regarding the ethical approach I'm having, I moslty exclusively use tropical woods supplied from non-forest-destructive and eco-respectful sources. And as much as possible from fair trade sources respectful of people and local craftmanship trade, on a human scale. Most of the exotic wood I use are from naturally dead trees, or fallen because of typhoon or natural ecosystem turn over in the jungle.

Learn more about this approach and how I make my knives and select the material i use by clicking here.



Why ? : Because since I'm a kid, I've been eating with the knives made by my great-grand-father Marius Thuillier and stamped with the MT logo... And also very honnestly, because I can !

The MTBlades logo you can see on top of this page has been drawn by my great-grand-father around 1917, and it stand for his initials.
When I started from scratch to make knives, I of course decided to use this logo that was left as a legacy from him and I added the word Blades to it, so that those 'initials' now are MTB, for Marius Thuillier Benjamin

Maybe it is about time for you to discover more about this family history that bounds me with knifemaking, and admire some of the knives my family still own from back in time. (click here).

 

Meet Ben :

Hi!

 

My name is Ben and I'm the knifemaker behind MTBlades.

I made my first knife in February 2015. Since then, carried by this passion, I trained myself as a self-taught knifemaker and after so much reading, and a lot of trial and error, I could make it my full time job.

Before being a knifemaker, I used to be light manager and light designer for theater and live show. It's been also over 12 years that I'm doing stencil painting, creating and cutting intricates stencils. I used to paint in Paris' steets when I was still living there.

As a knifemaker, I like much better the "stock removal" technic over forging, even though I sometimes hit the anvil. and I love folders with their delicate and precise mecchanism.

 

MTBlades' approach and ethical

 

The good thing about creating something is that you can make it into whatever you want !

In the process of making MTBlades alive, I've been very careful to bring into that company ethical values, not only in the production process but also in the material I select :

_ Des couteaux entièrement faits main, par moi-même : Dans un monde de plus en plus industrialisé où les savoirs-faire se diluent et se perdent, j'ai décidé de regagner ces connaissances par l'expérience, l'échange avec les autres artisans et l'inventivité afin de procurer à mes clients des produits entièrement faits main. Pour tout vous dire, la plupart de mes machines, mes fours et ma forge sont même fabriqués par moi. J'effectue toutes les opérations de fabrication moi-même, de la découpe de l"acier jusqu'aux traitements thermiques.

Je réalise toutes mes émoutures à main levée (ce que beaucoup de couteliers, même renommés, ne prennent pas la peine de faire) afin de conserver le côté artisanal de ma production, d'entretenir le "challenge"  que représente la fabrication d'une lame et surtout d'apporter un vrai caractère à chacune de mes créations. Ainsi chaque pièce est unique et reflète mon inspiration du moment, qui se traduit dans le geste chaque fois un peu différent.


_ Des interactions locales et des fournisseurs artisans : Dans la mesure du possible, je privilégie des fournisseurs et partenaires artisans : ainsi, l'acier damas carbone (à motifs) utilisé pour les lames provient d'un forgeron habitant en Haute-Savoie, les étuis en cuir proposés avec mes modèles sont fabriqués par un artisan situé près de La-Seyne-sur-Mer... Cela permet d'obtenir des produits de qualité, un service de qualité, et de soutenir l'artisanat et l'entreprise individuelle.


_ Une attention particulière à la protection de notre écosystème : Parce que je crois sincèrement qu'il n'y a pas besoin d'abattre les forêts tropicales pour fabriquer des manches de couteaux, et que je refuse, même à petite échelle d'encourager cette pratique, je sélectionne avec soin tous les bois exotiques ou rares que j'utilise.


Ainsi, une partie de mes bois vient d'une filière "équitable" labellisée qui emploie les populations locales au Sahel pour abattre uniquement des arbres morts naturellement et séchés sur pied. L'autre partie de mes bois exotiques provient des Philippines où des arbres tombés naturellement (évolution naturelle de la forêt, typhons...) sont récupérés, et le bois trié afin de ne pas désavantager les artisans locaux. Les réglementations strictes de ce pays au regard  de leurs forêts permet d'assurer qu'il n'y a pas de contrebande.
Enfin, je souscris, sur les envois DHL, à une petite surtaxe afin de rentrer dans leur programme "zéro impact carbone" pour réduire l'influence des envois par avion sur le réchauffement climatique.



 

Pour finir quant à mon éthique et ma vision des choses, j'aimerais souligner un point particulièrement important pour moi : Je suis convaincu que dans notre monde déjà empli de violence, ajouter plus de violence n'est pas une solution valable. La peur, l'incompréhension, la mauvaise communication et la bêtise sont les plus grands vecteurs de violence.
C'est pourquoi j'appelle toutes les personnes faisant l'acquisition d'une lame MTBlades à ne pas l'utiliser pour une quelconque action violente, quelle qu'elle soit et quelle que puisse en être sa justification. Merci à vous tous.

 

MTBlades' story : The Thuillier knives

For the Thuillier's, blades are a family affair! My great-great-grand-father was working in a knife shop and family size factory. He took over from the boss around 1916, and his son after him a few years later, in 1920. He ran it for 32 years, designing his blades as well as working wood, ivory, turtle scale, nacre... for the handles, and taking orders from the most luxurious French knife brands.

 

According to my grand-father, it seems that around 1930 the business was doing good as he found pictures of the family on holidays on the French sea cost, on tour by car (which was very rare at this time!)

 

The MTBlades' logo has actually been designed by my great-grand-father Marius Thuillier, and represents the initials of his name.  Hoping that they would take over the family business, he named his children Michel, Micheline, and Maxime, so the logo could fit with the first letters of their name. None of them actually did and the business went exctinct for many years ...

Marius Thuillier (1912)

Until one of the great-grand-sons of Marius, Benjamin Thuillier, decided in 2015 to bring back the brand MT to life. It's me, writing these lines for you ...

 

Growing up with the Thuillier's knives in hand at every meal since I was very young seems to have planted the seed of a dream in my head... And it's a logical continuation for me, who's loved knives and various kind of blades for a long time, to now take my turn at making them. And of course, with the brand's name and logo of my ancestor ...

 

 

Marius Thuillier (left, with black pants)  with fellow soldiers (1914-1917?)

And some of the original MT models still owned by my family ...

 

Discover how I make your blades : a handcrafted tour

As i was saying in the paragraph above, one of the most important things for me when I make anything, and especially knives, is to do everything by myself ...


First, It's the best way to ensure that the blade you will receive will be from the best quality. Indeed, it means that i'm the only person to work on the creation and that i'm able to know what exactly happen to your blade from the very beginning to the very end. 

Then, as the proverb says,  when you buy a work from an artisan, you dont buy a product, you buy the hundreds of hours of fail, trial, joy ... You buy a piece of heart. a bit of soul...So, working like this is for me the best way to put the best of my handcrafting and my energy into these blades.

 

So I cut and forge the steel, carve and polish the wood... I even do the engravings on the blades in my workshop thanks to a homemade electro-etching system, all by myself

 

In MTBlades' shop : the making of the Shark, fixed blade knife.

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Every knife is entirely handmade by myself in my workshop, in France.

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