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    Quote Originally Posted by Cambertree View Post
    I thought you might like to see the Slater Bros. Works as they stand in Sheffield today:


    Cool photo, Chin !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cambertree View Post
    I thought you might like to see the Slater Bros. Works as they stand in Sheffield today:

    Great picture, thank you.

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    A pocket knife fit for a King or Queen.
    Here is an pearl folder by "Brookes & Crookes". What makes this model a bit more special is the very detailed file-work on the top and back sides of the knife.




  4. Beautiful knife, herder

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    Quote Originally Posted by herder View Post
    A pocket knife fit for a King or Queen.
    Here is an pearl folder by "Brookes & Crookes". What makes this model a bit more special is the very detailed file-work on the top and back sides of the knife.



    What an exquisite specimen...wow! Thanks for the treat

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    Gev my friend, I must agree, that Brookes and Crookes knife of Herders is simply an outstanding example, a lot of cases file work can go over board, but the File Work is exceptional, along with the Shilling and of course the expert Cutlers craft of fine tuning such a complex knife to close all blades and have no blade rub- amazing and a beauty to see!

    Cambertree - mate- awesome to see the photo of Slaters Building - now Jack Sir - was that the building we stood in front of - was this the one with the History of the Bullets through the Window at some stage?
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    Absolutely beautiful Brookes & Crookes Herder

    Quote Originally Posted by Campbellclanman View Post
    Cambertree - mate- awesome to see the photo of Slaters Building - now Jack Sir - was that the building we stood in front of - was this the one with the History of the Bullets through the Window at some stage?
    No Duncan, that was the The Old Crown on Scotland Street, where Sam Crookes, in the company of Jem Hallam, hit-men for the Saw-Grinders Union, shot the 'knobstick' James Lindley in the 1860's. Chin and I didn't get time to visit the Crown, which has not been open as a pub for some years now, though we came quite close to it on one of our bus journeys

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    The file-work is of exceptional quality, matched too by the coined liners, just in awe of the nesting of those blades.

    I don't know about fit for a King or Queen - I'm not an enthusiast of any kind of hereditary monarchy - but whoever made it should have been paid a King's ransom for their skill and eye for beauty.

    Thanks, Will

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    Fantastic knife herder. It made my day to see such a wonderful example of fine cutlery. Thanks

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    Thanks Jake, Herder and Duncan.

    What a treat to see that Brookes and Crookes, Herder. Thank you. Does that manicure blade actually have the files cut into the bottom of a groove, so you can run your fingernails along it? If so, that's some pretty neat design, tucking away the abrasive surface like that.

    This might be an opportune moment for me to drop in these pictures of Stan Shaw demonstrating how he applies his coining marks swiftly and efficiently to brass liners with a special tool.



    He remarked, as Jack has noted before, that many of his tools he has had since his apprentice days, or sometimes picks up from estate sales of old cutlers workshops.



    As he said 'Where could you possibly buy a tool like this?'

    (In the case of disposable tools like files and saw blades, Jack had actually supplied him with some of the ones he had been using.)
    -Chin

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    Quote Originally Posted by herder View Post
    Exquisite! I wonder how much something like that would cost if it were being made today.
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    Thanks, Jake, Gev, Cambellclanman, Jack, Will, S-K, Cambertree, and Lambertiana. And great picture from Cambertree of the "master", Stan Shaw at work.

    Here is a "Slater Bros." take apart "slot" or "hobo" knife with horn handles and a sterling silver spoon.


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    Back to the top with a Sheffield George Wostenholm horseman's knife, picked this one up last week. I'm thinking this is about the oldest Sheffield knife I own. Not marked England so I assume pre 1890, also the fleam blade and the Wostenholms Celebrated Cutlery tang stamps make it older I think, first one I have found with the Celebrated.

    As many functions as this knife has I am amazed at how tight everything still is, both blades are broken but still have excellent snap and no play, everything works as it should, still has the tweezers and toothpick. The tang stamps are slightly different on the 3 blades.

    Maybe one of these days I can find one of these wonderful knives with no issues but I'm cheap so that could take awhile.











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    Still a very nice find Augie

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    Thank you Jack, love these horseman's knives, such a purpose built knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augie View Post
    Thank you Jack, love these horseman's knives, such a purpose built knife.
    Yes, me too my friend, so rare to find them in decent condition and at a fair price though

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellington View Post
    Just like to show this very fine horseman's knife, the only thing I bought last year

    The knife measures 5" , marked HARRISON BROS & HOWSON (rev SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND), CUTLERS TO HIS MAJESTY, and ALPHA. Unused and untouched, all original with nice glazed blades with patina, strong snap, perfect stag. Pretty pleased with this one, certainly one of my favourite larger knives..







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    That is a beautiful horseman's knife Wellington. Real sheffield craftsmanship. Nice.
    Rabid about Remingtons !!!!!!!!

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