Patrons find more than just knives at Bond’s House of Cutlery

When you walk into her shop, you will be dazzled by the thousands of knives that adorn the walls, as well as cases and stands that make up one of the most successful retail cutlery businesses in the world.

Bonds House of Cutlery, Knives and More, located at 3540 W. Sahara Ave., Suite E2, is owned by Lynn Bond, and stocks everything you can imagine that cuts, from the smallest pocket knife to the largest Bowie knife, to artistic collectors’ knives, to beautifully adorned swords. Looking for a stainless steel hatchet? Just ask.

Born in Chicago, Bond’s family moved to California when she was 8 years old.

“I was shy as a kid,” she said.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the Russian composer, was her great-grandfather, and her mother was a concert pianist. Lynn Bonds learned to play the violin and piano at a young age. But she had a rebellious, thrill-seeking side to her, as well.

Lynn met her husband, Luke, in high school, and they both loved to drag-race across California’s streets and highways. They married after high school, and Luke spent four years in the U.S. Navy, learning to become a nuclear technician for missile fuel. When he left the Navy, his work took him to several cities, so the couple traveled quite a bit. Lynn and Luke and their daughter were motorcycle enthusiasts. She always has loved riding Harleys.

Lynn didn’t know it at the time, but her life-long interest in cutlery began when she and Luke ran a fishing boat business in West Port just outside of  Seattle. The deck hands needed knives for their work, and the customers needed knives for filleting their catch.

“You tell me I don’t know how to do something and I’ll do it,” she said, explaining how she rose to the challenge of learning about the many different blades available. After purchasing knives from a local dealer in Seattle and finding its inventory limited, Lynn called her first manufacturer. When it required a $500 minimum order, Lynn became a dealer. And that was the start of her business.

Later, when Luke, a nuclear technician, landed a job at the Nevada test site in 1962, the couple moved to Las Vegas.

While working as an accountant and office manager, Lynn continued to dabble in knives. She began selling them at an indoor swap meet. Soon, her inventory began to grow as she started buying from several companies.

“It took most of the time just to set up,” she said.

After four years, she moved to the Indoor Swap Meet on Decatur Boulevard and she was in the knife business full time. Once there, business boomed and soon Lynn found herself leasing four booths.

Over the next several years, Lynn operated the knife business in several locations until finally moving into her present location. Of the Valley View Boulevard storefront, which she designed, Lynn says, “I had the vision,” and remains the store’s “encyclopedia.”

Inside the shop, customers get a sense of Lynn’s knowledge of knives while perusing everything from butcher-block kitchen cutlery to knife sharpeners to walking sticks. Once past the basics, limited-edition blades by manufacturers like Hibbens, Coho and Buck keep aficionados coming back for more.

By AL
AN DAVID MARGOLIES
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