Thanks Bob, I've spent thousands of very happy hours in Derbyshire I'm always on the look-out for TEW, great quality knives usually, and I'm lucky enough to find a few If you look around (best 'Search' function' is immediately above the threads on the right, rather than at the top of the page), you'll find photos of the TEW factory here
Good hypothesis on those blades
Lovely Barlows Harry
These are two great examples Harry.
Thank you Gentlemen . I need 2 more and will get them some day.
Hey guys! Just got this old knife from my grandfather, I'm trying to do a little research on it, just wondering if anyone had some info on it? Thanks!
Welcome to Traditionals That's an interesting knife, with an early TEW tang-stamp. Did your grandfather tell you anything about it?
Edit - Does it have any markings on the other side?
Last edited by Jack Black; 03-14-2017 at 03:38 PM.
Oh thankyou very much for getting back to me. No he didn't have any info on it. It belonged to his great cousin. Do you know anything about it. Like how old it could be and where it in from, Any history would be great! Thanks again!
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The knife was made by Taylor's Eye Witness of Sheffield, a company which traces its roots back to 1828, and still exists today.
John Taylor began his business in St Philip's Road, Sheffield in 1828, being granted the Eye Witness mark a decade later by the Company of Cutlers. The 'eye' is the Eye of Providence. Taylor died in 1854, after which his business was acquired by his son-in-law Thomas Brown Needham, cutler and shopkeeper. Needham passed away in 1870, and the business went to one of his associates, James Veall. In 1879, Walter Tyzack, of the Sheffield Tyzack dynasty, joined the firm, and the name was changed to Needham, Veall & Tyzack. By this time, they were based in Milton Street, Sheffield (less than a mile from where the business began), and by 1887, they claimed to employ around 200 workers. In 1897, they became a limited company. Their large cutlery factory on Milton Street still stands in Sheffield (you should be able to find photos here and elsewhere), and the company only recently vacated it for newer, and much smaller premises. Like all the Sheffield cutlers, they have been in decline for many years, and were absorbed by another cutlery company, Harrison Fisher, in 1975, with the firm eventually being renamed Taylor's Eye Witness. They continue to trade under this name, selling pocket knives and table cutlery, some of it now imported from China. Their website is at: http://taylors-eye-witness.co.uk/
Great old knives.
That's awesome!!! Thank you so much! And I can get more details over coffee tomorrow Morning but from what I know now he got it from him 10-15 years ago when he passed away, were in the area of southern Quebec/ eastern Ontario between Ottawa and montreal, and as for the condition ot would have been same as it is today my grandfather put it away for safe keeping, but for his cousin, he would have put it to use I imagine, and yes there is a sheath I'm not sure if it is original though. Thanks again for all that info! Its amazing! I had never head of Taylor eye witness before or seen that eye mark!
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Last edited by cobenn7; 03-14-2017 at 07:22 PM.
With that sheath the first thing to my mind was Skean Dubh. I'm betting that blade is still pretty true to the original shape and grind. Very cool! The handle (scales) look to be checkered wood. Beautiful old knife!
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That's a nice old knife and Jack has provided the best information. Here are a few extra thoughts...
Enclosed is a picture of a Taylor's Yachtsman model from the 1920s which has a similar look and could have been what your knife evolved into.
I would guess that your model had a bit more "belly" to the blade and also that the sheath, while old, is probably not correct for that knife.
It does have an old curved "Witness" tang stamp as Jack pointed out and it could date to the late 1800s.
My mother and grandparents lived very close to the Eye Witness Works for many years, and my parents spent their first year of married life living in that area also. As a teenager, I lived nearby myself, and used to walk past the works every morning on my way to work, back in the day where TEW was still an employer of some size. Here's a photo from a few years ago.
I found it interesting to discover that Taylor's have been in contact with foreign manufacturers, and importing products from abroad, since at least as early as 2007 (see below).
Taylors Eye Witness
Knife maker since 1838, we make, import and distribute kitchen ware products. We import as well as make our own products. Looking for quality products not commodity.
Member Info »
Business Type: Manufacturer
Number of Employees: 201 ~ 500
Business Scope: Tools & Hardware
Member Since: 2007
Last Sign In Date: Aug 10, 2007
Company Name: Taylors Eye Witness
Company Address: Milton Street, Sheffield, S Yorks, United Kingdom
Zip/Postal Code: S3 7WJ
Contact Person (Department): Mr. Chris
Jack, my friend worked in the Sheffield cutlery industry from the early 70's until around 2007. His father also worked for the same firm from 1946 until he passed. They did metal pressing/stamping and made the advert knives that everyone used to have back then. I had asked him about whether Taylor's still made pocket knives in Sheffield and got as they say a right earful!
Sheffielders can, understandably, be very touchy about this, but there were Sheffield firms importing Solingen razors and re-stamping them in the 19th century, and I'm sure your friend is aware of Viner's, who in the 70's and 80's, imported table cutlery from China, and had it boxed in Sheffield. I am sure he will also know that the gaffers always put short-term profits before the interests of the trade in general, and cut corners whenever and wherever they could.
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