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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



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

Now I need a fiendish plan to earn some uk dosh

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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

Just had it

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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

I got another drawknife today in the post...more balanced for my hands and lovely....

Spent some time in the wood, making shavings, some gypsy flowers and stuff and generally doing stuff with wood...including a fire and some hot drinks...

Am very tempted by one of these knives...might ask for one for my birthday...

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