I design things the way they should be: beautiful, strong, functional and timeless.
My name is Aaron Gough, I own and run Gough Custom and I am also the sole employee! I have been interested in making things ever since I was a young child. My Father loved working on cars and my Mother was an avid Potter and Ceramic Artist. Between them there was very few things they couldn't fix, and they helped shape my love for making beautiful, functional, things.
The things I make are not designed to sit on a shelf and look pretty, they are designed to be admired while you use them. To feel comfortable and look great when you use them. They are made from simple, durable, materials that will withstand a lifetime of everyday use.
I started out making things for myself. If I didn't like the way a pen felt, the way a knife functioned, or the way a guitar amp sounded I would always be tempted to make a version of it that I felt was as close to ideal as possible. After a while these designs started becoming realities, and as soon as other people saw the things I had made they started asking how I made them and if they could have one...
Everything just sort of grew from there.
Today I specialize in designing and making high performance working knives, based out of my workshop in Toronto, Canada. I put a huge amount of effort and care into every knife, and every part of my process is continually being refined to allow me to push my quality higher and higher.
My logo is my signature because I will never deliver anything that I would not wish to have associated with my name. My signature is on every item I sell because I personally make each one. I am able to stand behind each one because I build things to last, not to maximize profit.
If you would like to learn more about me, and my philosophy for making things you can check out these interviews:
The Knife Junkie Podcast: Canadian Knifemaker Aaron Gough of Gough Custom
Knifetalk Podcast: A Chat with Aaron Gough
Rewild Podcast: Aaron Gough on Quality & Sustainability in Knifemaking
You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook if you would like to see updates on my work, or sign up for my mailing list if you would like to be notified when I release new knives!
If you would like me to make something for you, or if you have questions, please contact me via email: email@example.com