1. Hydropower: Pre-Grid Hydroelectric Power
Hydroelectric power is renewable, produces no waste, does not burn fossil fuel, hydroelectric power and does not produce “greenhouse gas”. Deerfield River, where the factory sits adjacent is one of the most heavily used rivers in the country and yet it is one of the most pristine rivers in Massachusetts, and a nationally renowned destination for canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing.
2. Recycled Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials—in fact, it is recycled more frequently than either paper or glass. Stainless steel does not lose any of its inherent physical properties during recycling. It takes much less energy and fewer raw materials to recycle stainless steel, than it does to refine iron ore. The high quality stainless steel Lamson & Goodnow uses to produce some of the finest cutlery in the world contains 30% recycled content. Lamson & Goodnow works hard to use or recycle 100% of the stainless steel used in the manufacture of our fine cutlery.
3. Wood Handle Materials
Lamson & Goodnow purchases all our wood handle materials from vendors who are active members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Tropical Forest Foundation, the Society for Tropical Foresters, and other sustainable forestry organizations. These organizations manage and protect the magnificent trees that produce the world’s most distinctive lumber through responsible forestry. When you see one of these groups’ logos on a wood product, you can be confident that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.
4. Laser Cutting Technology
In 1999, Lamson & Goodnow purchased a Trumpf laser station that allows faster and more precise cuts than traditional cutting methods. Our laser cutting machine offers many advantages, including reduced scrap, lower costs, and a healthier workplace due to reduced risk of worker injury, and decreased noise levels. Since the only off-gas produced by the laser station is nitrogen, it has virtually no carbon footprint.
Silas Lamson was the inventor of the curved scythe snath, an innovation that allowed workers to stand fully erect while mowing, making the operation much easier on the back. The curved scythe snath had a dramatic impact on agriculture. In 1834, Silas Lamson opened a small manufactory in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts specifically to produce his curved scythe snath.
President Grant responded in a letter dated November 17, 1869, expressing his thanks for the gift set of cutlery designed and produced expressly for the President as “a testimonial of their respect and esteem.” Today, Lamson & Goodnow cutlery is still handcrafted in Shelburne Falls by American workers. We’re proud to say that Lamson & Goodnow still produces the cutlery and kitchen tools that aim at nothing short of perfection.