You'll see some of the Japanese-style blades for sale as you walk past a display case in the restaurant's foyer; more decorate the wall behind the mezzanine sushi bar. Pham is not only an accomplished chef, but he's also a Murray Carter Journeyman Bladesmith, so some of the knives for sale are made by Pham himself, while others were forged by artisans in the U.S. and Japan, with handles designed and built by Pham. While he's only been making knives for a few years, he's already sold one to celebrity restaurateur Daniel Boulud, explaining to him in the process that he's an even better cook than bladesmith. Just be sure to bring your platinum card; some of the knives run into the thousands of dollars and feature materials like fossilized mammoth tusk in the handles.
Pham's twenty-year-old son, Brenan, also works in the kitchen at For[a]ged; you might spot him slicing fish at the raw bar. Other highlights of the eatery include exclusive wines from Boulder native Jesse Katz's Devil Proof Vineyards, a private dining room that seats forty, and private events menus for groups of up to 250 people.
For[a]ged is located at 1825 Blake Street, on the Dairy Block, and is now open for lunch and dinner beginning at 11 a.m. daily. Call 720-826-2147 or visit foragedrestaurant.com for details and reservations.