When a son of a Sheffield cutler reached the age of 21, it was a tradition that his father would make and give him a special knife, an apprentice piece, to be kept.
I would like to show this knife.
Marked "ENCORE" THOMAS TURNER & CO, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND this all-metal sportsman's knife was made by the well known (great) cutler ERNEST MILLS, as his own apprentice piece, the 4" closed knife is engraved on the markside scale "EHM Oct 1918".
On reaching the age of 18 Ernest was called up serve in the British Army (WW1), he decided to make this apprentice piece prior to being enlisted (the war actually ended 10 days before he was due to go to France).
This knife was never used and was kept by Ernest throughout his life (d 1992). The knife is shown alongside an original W Mills & Son pattern book (Willis & Ernest, father & son, both left Thomas Turner & Co in 1922 and started up in business on their own)