Guillaume Delisle, owner of Plateau knife shop L'Emouleur, said he was robbed at 5:13 a.m. on Tuesday. In the robbery, he lost about 200 knives — all hand-made and hand-forged.
While Delisle's insurance will cover the financial loss, he told CBC's Daybreak it could take between six months and two years to replace some of his stock.
"It's all made specially for the boutique, it's signed specially for the boutique, it's marked on the blade … 'for Guillaume'."
Delisle said it's frustrating to know all that work has been lost. For instance, he said it can take one artisan in Japan a third of a day to make just one knife.
However, there is a silver lining to the theft.
"There's a lot of love coming from chefs in Montreal, from every part of Quebec … it's great," he said.
"It's like all of a sudden, people just show up for you."
Delisle said chefs have been calling him, sharing their support, and posting about the theft on Facebook.
He said the thief will have to travel if he or she wants to make a profit on the stolen goods.
"All the chefs in Montreal know me. Even in New York, you can't sell this stuff in New York because people know me."
Montreal police are investigating the robbery.