Tom Beckbe's foray into the culinary world began after a December quail hunt in Bibb County, Alabama. Chris Hastings, the James Beard Award winning chef and co-owner of Birmingham's Hot & Hot Fish Club, prepared lunch for his fellow weary sportsmen. Chris lamented the impracticality of his current knife roll, and Tom Beckbe founder Radcliff Menge offered to help create a better one. The result is an essential tool for anyone serious about cooking: the Chef's Knife Roll.
The Knife Maker
Acclaimed knife maker Will Manning has been a craftsman his whole life. Trained as a blacksmith, Will has been perfecting the art of fine culinary tools for the better part of a decade. Creative transformation propels Heartwood Forge, Will's knife making business in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he crafts heirloom quality knives from reclaimed and repurposed materials. Good fortune brought Will and Tom Beckbe together, and with the guidance and input from Chris Hastings, Will created the ultimate collection of knives for the discerning sportsman chef.