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Post by Robin Wood on 23rd January 2010, 10:45 am

How to make a Sheffield pocket knife, Jon Henley, The Guardian, Saturday 23 January

Still at the cutting edge of his craft, a 'little mester' shows Jon Henley the skills that once made his city the capital of cutlery

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Little mesters, they were called in their heyday in the mid-1800s: the legions of highly skilled, self-employed Sheffield craftsmen who were the backbone of what was then the world's cutlery and tool-making capital.

Working alone or with one or two employees, renting their workshops, little mesters mostly specialised in one aspect of their trade – forging, or grinding, or finishing – and often in one type of product: razors, scissors, surgical instruments.

Trevor Ablett, 67, is one of just a handful left. He makes traditional folding pen- and pocket knives. "Ordinary working knives," he insists. "No pearl or ivory, nothing fancy." They are, though, quite exquisite: small, smooth, beautifully balanced and infinitely pleasing everyday tools, with blades of carbon steel, bolsters of polished brass and handles of stag, rosewood or buffalo horn.

Full article here http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/jan/23/make-a-sheffield-pocket-knife

One day next week there will be a full slide show of all the stages of producing a traditional Sheffield folder.
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Post by Adrian on 23rd January 2010, 1:23 pm

Now then

Would he happen to be selling these beauties online?

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 24th January 2010, 8:53 pm

http://www.sheffield-cutlery.com/pocketknife.html

Impressed with the pricing. I Quite fancy a pruning knife.

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Post by Adrian on 24th January 2010, 9:07 pm

I love them

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 24th January 2010, 9:11 pm

There's always birthdays.

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Post by Adrian on 24th January 2010, 9:26 pm

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 24th January 2010, 9:32 pm

Ah.

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Post by Adrian on 24th January 2010, 9:38 pm

I'll wait until I have some money and treat myself then

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Post by Luath on 25th January 2010, 7:50 am

Nice article in the paper, enjoyed that. Have ordered a couple of knives for us - pruning for me, lambfoot for OH. Looking forward to using them, they look beautiful.
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Post by Luath on 13th March 2010, 4:40 pm

Knives arrived, thrilled to bits! Things of great beauty that will see me out. Smile

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th March 2010, 4:56 pm

Glad you are pleased with your knife, Luath

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