Epicurious chats with Town Cutler's, Galen Garretson, about "what every knife-owning home cook needs to know to maintain the best edge on their blades"
"'I've seen people try to saber champagne bottles with knives. They usually blame their roommates,' says Garretson. The Takeaway: Be good to your knives, and they'll be good to you."
San Francisco Cooking School interviews Galen Garretson about changing careers. From fine dining to knife shop, sharpener, and maker.
"I think it was the knives and fire that I liked so much about cooking."
Chowhound included Town Cutler in their holiday gift guide.
"Anyone serious about cooking will tell you one of the most important tools you can have in your kitchen is a quality set of knives. When kept sharp, Town Cutler’s top-of-the-line artisan knives reduce the chances of injury and speed up the most time-consuming part of cooking: slicing, mincing, and dicing...Give the gift of handy storage, especially for chefs on the go, with the knife wrap, which comes in charcoal grey, burgundy, black, and navy. The 100 percent cotton canvas has 10 slots and is double-waxed, easy to clean, durable, and can be monogrammed for no extra charge."
The Sugar Monkeys, Team Sugar visits Town Cutler
"Pleasantries are exchanged over the huge antiquated wooden door that serves as a counter and perhaps even advice is given about which restaurants are hiring or who is looking to make a move to a new kitchen. It is this feeling of Galen and his team delivering an authentic service to fellow craftsmen and women that I love so much. A small town intimacy in a city full of cooks."
The San Francisco Chronicle on handmade kitchenwares and the San Francisco Fog Design + Art Fair
"Proprietor Galen Garretson, a former chef, specializes in hand-forged knives and cutlery that double as works of art."
The Style 2014 Gift Guide: The best locally sourced finds to surprise and delight
The San Francisco Chronicle recommends Town Cutler in its list of "the best locally sourced finds to surprise and delight." Perfect for trying to find a gift for that person who has it all. "Town Cutler’s Galen Garretson crafts one-of-a-kind handmade carbon steel beauties..."
The Guardian includes Town Cutler in its list of top shops and attractions in its San Francisco travel guide
"You don't have to be a professional cook, or a stylish killer, to appreciate this gorgeous art gallery of a knife shop in Nob Hill."
Town Cutler voted Best of the Bay: Best Blade Runner!
"It is a satisfying, luxurious — if fundamental — satisfaction, settling in to make dinner with a hiss-sharp passel of well-honed knives. Fans of cutting-edge pleasures will want to slip into Nob Hill’s Town Cutler, a well-hewn, immaculately organized shop.."
Remodelista - Expert Advice: 15 Things To Know About Knives
"When it comes to knives, there’s really only one place to go in San Francisco: Town Cutler. Many of the city’s famed chefs and serious foodies come to Galen Garretson’s store to keep their knives sharp and up to snuff. Garretson worked in several of the city’s restaurant kitchens as a butcher until he burned out and left to set up his own knife business a couple of years ago. I swung by his store the other day and asked him to tell me everything there is to know about knives."
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SF Weekly visits Town Cutler to talk knives
"Galen Garretson wasn't always your neighborhood knife sharpener. Before he opened Town Cutler on Bush, where he offers a sharp edge for your most important set of kitchen tools, he was just another Bay Area chef. But, growing tired of cooking up delicious meals at fabulous SF kitchens-- such as Quince-- he decided his next move would be to fill a void in the world of chefs."
SF Weekly names Town Cutler the Best Knife Shop in San Francisco!
"Galen Garretson will breathe new life into your favorite chef's tool via a time-honored, multiple-stage sharpening involving Japanese whetstones and a classic leather strop ... Garretson's customers include some of the famous names in San Francisco's restaurant world, where he once plied his trade in commercial kitchens."