Films celebrating 200 years of excellence in cutlery making


To celebrate 200 years of excellence in cutlery making in Sheffield since the original creation of the Joseph Rodgers Year Knife in 1821 a series of short films showcasing pen and pocket knife making was commissioned by the Ken Hawley Collection Trust. This was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The second film in the series displays the huge range of knives produced for a wide range of purposes – surgical knives, farming and gardening, multi blade knives, fruit knives, novelty and souvenir blades, miniature and small blades for exhibition and presentation, folding knives for general tasks and knives for soldiers and sailors. A wide range of Sheffield makers are illustrated including W & H Hutchinson, Saynor, James Barber, George Ibberson, J. Gibbins & Son, Nowill & Sons, Atkinson Brothers, Jenner & Knewstub, John Hall & Son, Wingfield, Rowbotham & Wade, Stan Shaw, L Lee, William Needham, Herbert Lee, Perry & Co. Ltd, Furniss of Stannington, H Siddall, McLung & Co, Rowbotham & Co, Butler and Richards of Sheffield

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