Berti has a long and storied history of steel, fire, and skilled craftsmanship. Founded in 1895 by David Berti in an Italian artisan workshop, the company has remained true to its heritage for 125 years. Now, Berti is under the guidance of David’s great-grandson Andrea, and the masterful production takes place in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, 25 miles from Florence.
Following David, Severino took over until Alvaro replaced him. Andrea, Alvaro’s son maintains the same passion and precision that the Berti family has held onto for more than one hundred years. The knives are produced in small quantities in Scarperia. Each and every part is made by a craftsman!
Berti kitchen knives are highly desired by renowned chefs throughout the world. The table knives maintain a strictly smooth blade, while Japanese ones are a tribute to a long Asian tradition of creating knives.
The best steel is used for the blades and ox, deer, and buffalo horn and wood are options for the carved handles. Following the tradition of the past hundred years, the same person who starts the knife carries it out until it is completed. The work is entirely manual and since the work on each piece is NOT divided between several people, you will find the initials of the craftsman on the blade.
Berti’s intent is “to make knives with integrity and authenticity that cannot result from industrialized production.” The company makes over 600 styles, from pocket knives to truffle knives to cigar cutters.
To appeal to today’s consumers, the company has allowed for innovation with the recent addition of lucite handles for the “Convivio Nuovo” line. Despite following the same handcrafted traditions, these pieces are dishwasher safe.
A short clip by Coltellerie Berti.
Even though each knife is handmade and crafted, start to finish, by a single artisan, some pieces take up to nine days to complete. The mastery that goes into some pocket knives is a skill that takes a lifetime to hone.
The company’s philosophy and mission is “to make knives with integrity and authenticity that cannot result from industrialized production.” In other words, a Berti knife is an heirloom!
The knife blocks are also objects of art, designed with magnetic attachments to form any desired arrangement. In addition, the individual blocks show a silhouette and the knife’s name (in Italian) so that you always know where each blade belongs.
Just another wonderful reason to visit Italy…