Canadian butcher Chris Dufault has been selling knives for more than 30 years.
He said his business has always been about a love of food.
“I think a lot of us are obsessed with food, and that is probably what brought us together, that is what we really love about this hobby,” he said.
“We don’t have a lot in the way of money.
We don’t go on trips, we don’t live in a fancy house.
We just kind of do it as a hobby.”
Dufault says he sells more than 200,000 knives a year.
That’s the number of knives he has sold in Canada.
He says the knives have always been made by the same guys, and he can always count on his family to help out.
But he said in recent years, he’s noticed that the knife industry is increasingly dominated by people who aren’t from Canada.
“We are seeing more and more people that are Canadian, but they have no idea that they are not Canadians,” he explained.
Dufaults family started the family butcher shop in Toronto in the late 1970s.
It grew to a business of more than 700 employees by the early 1990s.
In 2000, he started making his own knives and sold them at the Toronto butcher shop he ran with his father.
That business eventually grew to 100 employees, but the family closed down in 2013.
In 2017, Dufaults business was revived and he opened a butcher shop and a restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario.
He also started a non-profit organization to support small businesses and farmers who depend on the industry.
Dukas business has taken off.
He’s sold more than 1.4 million knives in the last 12 months.
He hopes to double that in the coming year.