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Thread: "Made in Sheffield" 1830-1930, A golden age ?

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    Roland, I've seen budding blades made of Ivory, Bone, Celluloid and Stainless Steel. I'm guessing that carbon steel would leave some type of contamination in the graft & cause a problem. Barry

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    Hi Barry, carbon blades tarnish if used for cutting and working plants.

    Here is an old three bladed whittler, this knife has always been one of my favourite items, lovely condition, thick pearl scales, lovely long slim pocket blade.

    HUNTER & SON, SHEFFIELD BUGLE (HORN) KNIFE C1890-1900 measuring 4 1/4" closed, the knife is pristine.





    Thanks for looking..Mick
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    OUTSTANDING WHITTLER! Thanks for posting, Barry

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    That is a fantastic knife Mick. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    The knives showing up here are just amazing! First folding ivory budder I've ever seen, and that last whittler reveals another thoughtful detail every time I look at it - very nicely designed!! Nice ones Mick and Barry, and indeed everyone!!
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    wellington you must have friends or realatives in england. thans to all you guys for the great pics. the ivory budding blade was used because ivory did'nt transfer fungus or disease. at least that's what i read in 70s.

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    Great thread! I only have one to contribute.






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    Wellington, the pearl whittler is one of the most beautiful knives I've ever seen. It still looks new.

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    Out standing knives in this thread. Than you for posting these fellas !

    That Whittler is lights out Mick

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    Thanks for the upbeat comments on the Michael Hunter whittler guys .

    Mike, thanks for posting your example, nice looking thing, if you look very closely on the pile side tang of the pocket blade, you can just make out the trade mark (Union Flag with a crown, underneath which are the letters H R S & Co) of Henry Rodgers Sons & Co Ltd.

    Mick

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    My wife bought this pearl knife for me in Victoria, BC, where a lot of people speak still speak with British accents!
    It was on our 30th wedding anniversary. I bought her a nice pearl necklace!
    Hadfield, according to LG4 was founded ca. 1861, and Goins has them existing until ca. 1953.
    My question is, does this knife qualify as a pre-1930?? It certainly is nicely made.

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    ^^^^ That is a absolute beauty !!.

    A very attractive two bladed senator, mint condition, I love how the long pull runs through the tang, no question in my mind it's pre 1930, maybe C 1900 ?.

    Wish my wife would buy me something similar ..

    Here's a link to some Hadfield info
    http://www.tilthammer.com/bio/hadf.html

    Mick

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    I shouldn't really show these knives, as they date from Jan 1933, but they are interesting to compare to waynorth's earlier Hadfield version.

    This box contains nine of the original twelve 3 1/4" shadow senator pattern two bladed knives marked Repeat Needham Bros, Sheffield England Stainless blades, milled brass liners, sunken joints.



    Mick

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    Beautiful MOP Mike, Charlie and Mick. Thanks for posting them. The mint Needham Bros set is fantastic Mick. This is another penknife with Hadfield's steel.


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    Mick,This is a fantastic thread ,really great knives!

    S-K & ALL,awesome knives.

    Charlie,that is a really nice old knife your wife bought you
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    This has been one of the best threads ever. I've always felt a very deep respect for those old Sheffield knives, that they were the peak of human prefection in workmanship or something lke that. A pinicle. Looking at all this eye candy/porn has been great.

    Mick, what was the reason of those penknives in the case of a dozen? Was it some sort of salesman's travel case of smaples or such? What ever, the simple ellegant pearl shadow senators are fantastic.

    I do have a question for Mick or S-K; those beautiful pearls, do you treat the pearl with anything once in a while to keep it from cracking or degrading? How does one go about preserving vintage pearl knives like you have from a century ago? And is pearl more stable than ivory, that tends to crack over time?

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    Nice HRS, Mike, and a mind-boggling Hunter & Son, Mick!
    Thanks for the verification on mine, Mick. And I'm fine with you "stretching" the thread to 1933 to show us that "box o' knives"! Incredible find, and also illustrates some of the difference in style from the earlier periods.
    Nice Hadfield steel knife S-K!
    You are right Jackknife, this is one of the best threads ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackknife View Post
    Mick, what was the reason of those penknives in the case of a dozen? Was it some sort of salesman's travel case of smaples or such? What ever, the simple ellegant pearl shadow senators are fantastic.

    I do have a question for Mick or S-K; those beautiful pearls, do you treat the pearl with anything once in a while to keep it from cracking or degrading? How does one go about preserving vintage pearl knives like you have from a century ago? And is pearl more stable than ivory, that tends to crack over time?
    The part box of Needham penknives, are typical of the sort of stuff being produced in 1930s Sheffield, smallish, stainless blades, still high quality, sold relatively cheaply. Things were often sold by the Doz.

    I find the pearl on knife handles stable, much more so than ivory, my main fear being oil, it getting behind the scales. I don't treat pearl or pearl handled knives with anything.

    Thanks s-k for adding your your Dawes Co (Hadfield steel) penknife, great to see.

    And thanks Vince, jackknife and waynorth for the comments .

    Mick

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    kinda wore out, but here's an old wharncliff whittler marked on all blades:
    T. Reaney
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    I think somebody has been sharpening colored pencils with it


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    Mick, terrific idea for a thread, thanks. It's always a treat to see some of the knives in your collection and also the great knives that have been posted so far.
    Here is one of my favorite knives and knife patterns. This an early IXL four blade Senator.
    All blades stamped "IXL George Wostenholm Celebrated Cutlery" with the master spear stamped "The Senators Knife" on the blade.
    Nickel silver pinched bolsters with mop scales (which the scan does not do justice) and brass milled liners.

    Joe




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