As you all know, I am a little obsessed with Murphy corkscrews. And, a couple of years ago, while visiting with friends in Connecticut, one of their friends, mentioned that yet another friend had recently purchased the R. Murphy Knife Company.
Well, relatively recently, they bought it about 10 years ago.
Last year, a small group of us got together for dinner, and as it was the same group (pretty much) from ur previous get together, the subject of Murphy was discussed once again, and emails were exchanged.
The following day, I sent of an email to the new owners introducing myself, and mentioning the Bob Nugent article on Murphy. They responded enthusiastically, and explained that they too had a copy of Nugent’s article, and were welcome to a visit, to allow us to look at the catalogs in their collection, and to see the corkscrews that remained at the factory.
Wait… what? There are Murphy corkscrews that still remain at the Murphy factory?
This email exchange took place in the late Summer of last year, and knowing that they would be going into their busy holiday season, we revisited the conversation after Christmas, we settled in a time to visit recently.
The owners also asked if I could bring some of the Murphys from our collection, so a box was loaded up, and we headed off the island.
The R. Murphy Knife Company is located in Ayer, Massachusetts, and it would take few hours to get there, so the lovely personal personal trainer and I headed out with coffee in hand.
A few hours later, we arrived!
Gathering the aforementioned box of Murphy corkscrews, we headed in and were greeted by Mimi and Mark, the new(ish) owners of Murphy. We exchanged pleasantries, and thanked them for the invitation.
In short order, the conversation turned to corkscrews, and they showed us the catalogs that were in their possession, followed by 5 corkscrews. Two of which were the Murphy patent disc with the upturned hook. And, they were in fabulous shape, given they never left the factory.
As, we paged through the catalogs, and discussed some of the products they make today, we again returned to corkscrews, as they wanted to see what I had brought.
I brought a few…
Before long, we started comparing the corkscrews to the catalogs…
And, intermittently, various employees would enter into the office from the shop, and take a look at pile of corkscrews laying on the conference table.
Interestingly, it was the stag handled bell that seemed to be the corkscrew to which most of the folk were drawn.
While the conversation continued, I returned to the catalogs and took photos of each page that featured the corkscrews. These will be added to the Murphy website at a future date.
After the corkscrew extravaganza, we were invited to tour the Murphy factory where they make a myriad of different knives.
The entire process from beginning to finished product was fascinating, and the fact that they still use some machines that date to the 1930’s is remarkable.
One particular tool cabinet, I thought was remarkably cool, as it was relocated from Mansfield, MA to Ayer when the company moved here. So, this quite literally was Robert Murphy’s tool box.
Following the tour, we headed back to the office, and chatted a bit more about the company, and all of the fantastic knives and tools that they are making.
Mimi requested some Murphy corkscrews for their collection, when I run across others, and I promised that I would work on putting together a small collection for them.
A great visit!
Thanks for the hospitality Mimi and Mark!