Sheffield Pocket Tool – in the making
Sheffield pocket tool – In the making
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.
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 into the handle.
Lubricating the folding mechanism
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.