Last week I was invited to have a tour of the Cutler's Hall by one of the Freeman. We are developing a prototype hunting knife to compliment high end shotguns. As I will be representing Sheffield knife making when I design these blades I thought looking at some of the Culters collection would help me find out what makes a traditional Sheffield knife.
Managed to get a nice reflection of the Cathedral over the road in the plaque metal.
The multi blade pocket knife shown here was made before Switzerland existed so is a Sheffield forerunner of the Swiss army knife. It was designed in a time when people carried their own personal cutlery with them. There are many forks and spoons included in these travelling knives.
Here are the other plaques.
Click on the left one to read.
Here is a boring bit of panelling BUT it used to be part of the Titanic's sister ship The Olympic which was broken down in Hull.
Ok, now the knives ...
The knives with tiny blades are pen knives - for trimming up quills when writing.
This style could now be called a pencil knife I suppose.
The knife in the middle with 14 blades and mother of pearl scales is for when your blade is blunt and an oil stone isn't handy - next blade - until you have 14 blunt blades, then its time to get sharpening.
Of course most of the blades will have started life bigger before enthusiastic sharpening. My Grandad gave me a pen knife which he had sharpened the 2 blades down by over an inch!
The smallest is about 10mm long with mother of pearl scales.
Going to be making my own damascus in the next couple of weeks and drawing up the first designs for these hunting knives. Looking forward to folding some steel and firewelding.