Pictou, Nova Scotia

 Grohmann: 'grow man

The Grohman Story

Grohmann Knives Limited is a small family business with a big reputation. It is an Old World story that began before WWII, when a commercial buyer from Quebec traveled once a year to a factory in Sudetenland, then a German region of Czechoslovakia, to buy pocket knives. Every year the buyer would urge Grohmann the production manager at a plant in Mikulasovice, to come to Canada , promising him help to get started. Mr. Grohmann would always decline as he was happy in his own country, but after the war, the political situation grew desperate and in 1949 Rudolph Grohmann accepted the offer.

Within a year, Grohmann and his family arrived in Nova Scotia at the invitation of the provincial government-funded Pictou Cutlery where they worked along with approximately 30 other people. While Pictou Cutlery was in operation, an Arkansas knife company CASE was hired to assist with one large order of 200,000 pcs of folders. However, the Nova Scotia government closed the business after three years and sold off all the machinery. Mr Grohmann and Mr Babinec then went to work at Trenton Steel making Canon shells for the Korean War and then to Fairy Aviation in Shearwater machining airplane parts amongst other jobs. Mr. Grohmann however was determined in his trade to make knives, and built a garage workshop to begin producing and engraving folding knives designed by himself.

Shortly after, Deane H. Russell, the private secretary to Prime Minister MacKenzie King, was tired of only finding imported knives at every store he went into. He thought there should also be Canadian knives on the market, so set out for a knife maker to help him make his dream come true. Mr. Grohmann met with Mr. Russell and together they set out to design truly Canadian made knives.

After field testing with the help of hunters & trappers across the far north, the D.H. Russell Belt Knife Original #1 was born. The Original, along with various other designs, won many awards andrecognitions worldwide. Grohmann and Russell created three more models together, the #2 Trout and Bird, #3 Army, & #4 Survival.

"Grohmann Knives Limited" was formed in 1961 by the family and was run by one of Grohmann's daughters, Berta, & her husband Michael Babinec Sr.  They passed the family business down to their three sons who all worked in the business together at one time. Today, Michael Jr. President, along with his daughter Michelle, are running the business in its same location in Pictou Nova Scotia with approximately 25 employees. 

A valuable addition to Grohmann Knives is Michelle's husband Scott who retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and after working a short time quickly became Production Manager. Over the years, Grohmann Knives has added to the award-winning Canadian outdoor & kitchen knives to complement the growing collection.

Six lines of kitchen knives are in production, as well as many unique, custom made & machine knives. Grohmann Knives are sold the world over in many countries.

At Grohmann Knives, making knives is as much an art as a trade. The top quality knives are produced with as many as 53 steps between starting point & finished product. At Grohmann's, it's a matter of pride & family tradition!

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