As a boy growing up on a farm in Greenwood, Delaware, Gerald Willey loved knives. He loved them so much that in 1953, when he was 10 years old, he made his first knife with many more to come.
In the mid-to-late 60's, he spent 4 years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he decided to turn his hobby into a business. He started it in a room built onto his shed. In 1975, Gerald and his wife, Sylvia, built a house on the same property and he designed the basement to become the new home for his up and coming business. With many long nights, hard work, and the help of Sylvia, his daughter, Geri, and his son, Matt, he took his dream and turned it into one of the most successful independent mom-and-pop cutlery stores of it's kind.
In June of 2021, after 58 years of marriage, Sylvia passed away with cancer. The following July, Gerald passed with mesothelioma cancer. Although the founder is gone, and greatly missed, the store continues to grow under the ownership of his son, Matt, who runs the sharpening service, and his daughter, Geri, who runs the store.
The Willey family has always put their faith, hope, and trust in God. Gerald would tell anyone who asked, that his ability to sharpen knives was a gift from God. He always treated customers the way he wanted to be treated, and that philosophy continues today.