Cutipol cutlery, manufactured in the village of Sao Martinho de Sande in Portugal over several generations by the Ribeiro family, combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology.
“When my grandfather started the business”, David Ribeiro says, “the cutlery industry was mainly centered here because of the driving force of the streams and rivers, which powered the mills for polishing. He was a garfeiro, one of the people who shaped cutlery by hand. The angle of the fork was achieved by the use of a hammer and the teeth were hand cut with a punch tool known as a pombeiro and a hammer”.
From the moment in the 1980s when the three Ribeiro siblings inherited their father’s business, they have worked together to bring the company into the 21st century without abandoning the age-old art and knowledge of cutlery craftsmanship dating back to their grandfather’s time.
Today, all of the design elements are thought through by designer José Joaquim Ribeiro and meticulous attention has been paid to every detail, from the judicious selection of raw materials to the practicalities of ergonomic form and balance, which give Cutipol cutlery its distinct and pleasing aesthetic style.