An inspiring project
From passion to work, this is how Cristema was born.
On 26th January 1993, Cutelarias Cristema was born, the result of the vision of its founder, João da Silva Fertuzinhos.
With just one collaborator, an experienced artisan, our story took shape and set its course for accomplishments.
The determination of the founder and his family’s history in the industry allowed this project to grow and gain more significance years later, with the establishment of a manufacturing unit dedicated to cutlery production.
Over time, and through an unwavering pursuit of improvement and innovation, Cristema achieved the set goals in both the national and international markets.
The desire of João da Silva Fertuzinhos is evident in every collection, thoughtfully crafted with the finest materials, modern design, and innovation in production techniques.
Currently, it’s in the hands and vision of his descendants, Emanuel and Cristiano Fertuzinhos, that Cristema continues its journey.
Today, Cutelarias Cristema proudly stands as one of the largest cutlery manufacturing companies in Europe.
Born in Guimarães and inspired by the world, we work to reveal a piece of our history in every collection.
It’s our passion for cutlery that drives us, seeking connections and emotions at every table we adorn
We want to show you what is best in Portugal.
Milestones in History
From passion to work, that was how Cristema was born.
The beginning of the passion for the cutlery industry
Birth of António Fertuzinhos on January 28, 1879.António Fertuzinhos (1879-1971), married to Teresa Baptista Mendes, demonstrated, early on, his passion for the world of cutlery, starting activity in this branch with the manufacture of scissors. In 1908, a factory was born, next to Rio Febras, in the place of Arquinho in the parish of S. Clemente, where his four children worked: Aureliano, Isaías, David and Serafim Fertuzinhos, who, years later, created their own companies connected to the cutlery business.In 1967, the factory closed its activity.
A passion that travels generations
On December 12, 1921, Serafim Fertuzinhos was born, the youngest son of António Fertuzinhos.Serafim Fertuzinhos (1921-1991) has been working with his father and brothers since he was young. In 1958, in the place of Pinheiro in the parish of Sande S. Clemente, on a property that belonged to his wife, Rosa Marques, he built a factory for the production of pocket knives, bush knives and daggers. Years later, he dedicated himself to the manufacture of pruning shears. Led by tradition linked to the cutlery industry, their children worked there and, later, they started their own companies in this area as well.
The dawn of history
Cristema started its activity in 1993, inspired by the vision of João da Silva Fertuzinhos, son of Serafim Fertuzinhos and grandson of António Fertuzinhos, who, since very early was linked to the cutlery industry. Initially, it develops a small industrial project with the production of housewares and gardening. The founder's perseverance and his family history linked to the industry, allowed this project to evolve, taking on greater expression, years later, with the creation of a factory unit for the production of cutlery.
Nefer and Roxa, the new members of the Cristema Family
Due to a new strategic positioning, the company created two brands, Nefer and Roxa, which allowed it to segment its product range. The brand Nefer - Netos Fertuzinhos, represents the cutlery of the economic line, combining family tradition with the entrepreneurship of new generations. The Roxa brand, created in 1908 by António Fertuzinhos, the grandfather of the founder of Cristema, is a revival of the new generations and presents a wide range of household products. Currently, Cristema is associated with high quality cutlery, strengthening the image of the brand that has existed for more than 28 years.