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Sheffield Pocket Knife – in the making

Sheffield Pocket Knife – in the making
March 12, 2018 The Level Collective

A photo journal

This is Steve. A more pleasant man you shall not meet. He was so good at explaining each stage of the process to me. Steve made his first knife when he was 9 years old. His dad was a furniture maker, but dabbled with knife making too (like you do) and showed him the basics. This lit a spark in Steve which never went out. Steve has now been making beautiful pocket knives for over 30 years.

It’s not very often one get’s the privilege of witnessing a master craftsman taking a block of wood and a raw stainless steel blade, and working them into a beautiful pocket knife.

Our hometown is Sheffield, UK and for those of you who don’t know; Sheffield is famous for it’s knife making heritage which dates back over 300 years. It only seemed fitting to collaborate with a local artisan to create a beautiful outdoor pocket knife.

It was such an interesting day, and so inspiring to see the full creative process so I thought I’d share some shots from the workshop.

The knife handle is crafted from these simple blocks of Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) approved solid oak.

Drilling two holes in each handle for brass pins hold the knife together.
The two halves of the handle.
Time warp — I love these original metal trays and equipment dating back to 1930’s.
Nailing the handles together.
Inserting the blade.
Inserting the blade.
Sparks fly — shaping the handle to run smooth with the stainless steel spring.
Polishing the blade and bolster.
Sharpening the blade.
The finished knife, in the work-stained hands of the craftsman himself.
A few shots of the knife in a local favourite spot in the Peak District.

It was amazing to experience to craftsmanship from start to finish and to understand just how much work, time and skill goes into creating each one.

A handful of our Sheffield Pocket Knives are available from our online shop.