Tarrerias Bonjean is a cutlery company established in the renowned cutlery region of Thiers, France. From its origins, this company has shaped an extraordinary destiny over 13 generations of master cutlers.
The history of Tarrerias Bonjean dates back to 1580 when Claude Tarrerias, a master sharpener, was mentioned in the departmental archives of Celles-sur-Durolle. Since that time, each generation of the Tarrerias family has contributed to the excellence of the company. Passion for this craft runs in their veins, a deeply ingrained legacy in their DNA.
What sets this family-owned SME apart, rooted in longevity, is its perseverance through the centuries. The lineage of master cutlers naturally passes the torch from one generation to the next. It is a continuous tribute to a tradition that endures.
Over the centuries, the Tarrerias have expanded their expertise beyond initial grinding. They mastered every step of knife production, becoming accomplished finishers, polishers, and fitters. After World War II, Lucien Tarrerias and his wife Marie Bonjean brought an industrial dimension to knife production, giving birth to the Tarrerias Bonjean company.
Since 1998, Tarrerias Bonjean has risen to the challenge of maintaining its entire production in France. This complete integration, from start to finish in the manufacturing chain, strengthens the "made in France" strategy. Today, industrial independence is a major issue, and this company is firmly committed to this path.
Cutlery, like watchmaking, demands rigor, precision, and continuous innovation. The Tarrerias Bonjean company places creativity and innovation at the heart of its craft. The goal: to reinvent while preserving the essential, precise and durable cutting. From ancient times with mammoth bone knives to today's technological feats with Evercut, Tarrerias Bonjean embodies the continuity of a gesture inherited from our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Tarrerias Bonjean designs and manufactures its knives from A to Z. The Durolle, which runs through the cutlery region of Thiers, has witnessed generations of cutlers at work. This human-sized SME, driven by the desire to progress, relies on continuous process improvement. ISO 9001 and 14001 certified, the Tarrerias Bonjean company also integrates environmental concerns at the heart of its production.
The company offers a diverse range of kitchen knives, cutlery, and outdoor knives. Collections such as Louis, Absolu, Maestro, Furtif, Hector, and Auguste reflect Tarrerias Bonjean's commitment to design and technology. Not to forget Evercut, a technological feat with exceptionally long cutting lifespan, 300 to 400 times that of a traditional knife.
Founded in 1962, TB Groupe symbolizes the evolution of the artisan cutler into the 21st century. Led by Eric Tarrerias and his sister, Carole Tarrerias, this family-owned business represents the 13th generation at the helm. Family values, innovation, and tradition are at the core of this success.
Claude Tarrerias, the first member of the Tarrerias lineage to be documented as a cutler begins his illustrious journey. His son, Jean, would continue the cutlery tradition.
The family dedicates themselves to the art and mastery of cutlery and the departmental archives record Claude Tarrerias becoming a master sharpener in Celles-sur-Durolle. Since then, successive generations of the Tarrerias family have nurtured and preserved the ancient cutlery tradition.
In the marriage contract of Jean Tarrerias dating from 1646 a mention is made of his activity of cutler.
Victor Lucien Tarrerias, the ninth generation of cutlers, along with his wife Marie Bonjean, establish the cutlery company Tarrerias Bonjean, injecting an industrial dimension into knife manufacturing.
The future is secured. Eric Tarrerias joins the family business, while his sister, Carole Tarrerias, and her husband, Stéphane Guillaumont, join a few years later.
The era of industrial independence. By integrating the entire knife manufacturing process within the company, from steel coil to the polishing of the finished product, Tarrerias Bonjean takes on the challenge of creating a knife where all stages are carried out in one place.
Tarrerias Bonjean's subsidiary, the company Générale de Découpage, managed by Stéphane Guillaumont, has been awarded the prestigious EPV (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant) label, a state-recognized mark that distinguishes French companies with exceptional artisanal and industrial expertise.
Tarrerias Bonjean becomes the first French cutlery company to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification. This standard sets requirements for establishing a quality management system aimed at continuously improving customer satisfaction and providing compliant products and services.
After five years of research and development, the company introduces a revolutionary technology in the cutlery world. The Evercut® blade offers a new generation of sharpness and guarantees a cutting lifespan 300 to 400 times longer than that of a traditional steel.
In 2010, our company achieved a significant milestone by obtaining ISO 14001 certification, an international standard recognizing the quality of our environmental management system. In the same spirit, we have oriented our development strategy towards eco-designed products, emphasizing their ease of recyclability. Furthermore, we continue our commitment by tirelessly working to create recyclable packaging, minimizing the use of plastics.
Faced with the company's continuous growth, the leaders, Carole and Eric Tarrerias, were compelled to relocate. They left the historic "Brûlé" site in Celles-sur-Durolle to move to a new building in Pommier Chansonnière at La Monnerie-le-Montel. With 1,300 square meters of office space and 4,700 square meters of storage space, this move also marked the introduction of automated order preparation technology (PTS).
Tarrerias Bonjean continues its expansion, highlighted in 2022 by the inauguration of a new warehouse, an extension of the building constructed in 2016. This evolution is part of the company's ecological transition, symbolized by the installation of solar panels on the roof of the new warehouse.