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The last scissormakers?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28581597
bodger

Eh hum  

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.org/about31452.html
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horace

I have just seen on the local news because of that video they have orders coming from all over the world      
Yorkshire Geordie

I was born and bred in Sheffield and can confirm that all the "Mesters" of the city are now extinct.
Stainless steel was first made in Sheffield - but I don't think there is a single producer there now.
All the blast furnaces have gone, the cutlery industry is defunct too.
It's very sad - desperate times.
Martyn
dtalbot

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
I was born and bred in Sheffield and can confirm that all the "Mesters" of the city are now extinct.
Stainless steel was first made in Sheffield - but I don't think there is a single producer there now.
All the blast furnaces have gone, the cutlery industry is defunct too.
It's very sad - desperate times.
Martyn


Not quite all of them are gone. A few to be found here http://www.portlandworks.co.uk/makers/ and in the surrounding streets if you know which grubby door to knock on!
johnbaz

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
I was born and bred in Sheffield and can confirm that all the "Mesters" of the city are now extinct.
Stainless steel was first made in Sheffield - but I don't think there is a single producer there now.
All the blast furnaces have gone, the cutlery industry is defunct too.
It's very sad - desperate times.
Martyn


Actually there are still one or two 'Mesters' still working  

There's Stan Shaw, getting elderly now but still producing hand made pocket knives of very high quality but there's a waiting time of a couple of years or so!!, There's also Trevor Ablett making nice pocketknives too and there's Reg Cooper that produces gorgeous hand made Bowie knives from around 32 up to over 500  

There may be a couple more that were trained in bygone days, I'm not sure...


Cheers, John  
johnbaz

Forgot to say that we still produce much steel in Sheffield but with a lot smaller workforce!!
At my company we still make castings of up to 580tonnes in the black (End up around 300tonnes when finished ) and we make some of the largest stainless steel casting to ..

Here's a few pics of the jobs we make etc..









This is me cleaning out a 90tonne ladle after a pour, My mate must have been off as he usually cleans them out and I do all the extra openings on the moulds when there are several jobs to pour..



In this pic we opened five ladles at the same time, around 500tonnes will be have been put in to the mould in around four minutes and then a top up ladle will have come across within the hour to fill the head (Riser) to the top..



This is a press head, there are four holes that need opening up to around one metre to save time/money in machining...



Pulling another type of press head out of the moulding pits..






John  
confused

Superb pictures , I was quite frightened just looking at the pictures !!
horace

Excellent pictures and discription thanks for sharing
Rena

confused wrote:
Superb pictures , I was quite frightened just looking at the pictures !!


An understatement, but heartily agreed with!! What a job! Thank you for the pics, they are amazing!!!
dtalbot

Johnbaz, not all the little meisters are nearing retirement! http://www.stuartmitchellknives.co.uk/
Have got a fabulous Trevor Abblet knife in my pocket right now.
Oh and great photos, back in 2005 I was working in the DTI and had a good dig in to the steel making data, Sheffield was was making just as much cash from steel as ever, volumes and employment numbers are way down but basically if it is steel and no where else can do it (too big, too complex, too strange metallurgy) Sheffield will do it.
johnbaz

dtalbot wrote:
Johnbaz, not all the little meisters are nearing retirement! http://www.stuartmitchellknives.co.uk/
Have got a fabulous Trevor Abblet knife in my pocket right now.
Oh and great photos, back in 2005 I was working in the DTI and had a good dig in to the steel making data, Sheffield was was making just as much cash from steel as ever, volumes and employment numbers are way down but basically if it is steel and no where else can do it (too big, too complex, too strange metallurgy) Sheffield will do it.


Hi

I'm only ten minutes from Stuarts placce at the Portland works, His father Pat had quite a reputation as a cutler too, I presume Stuart would have been trained by his father  

I would think too that Russel White could be classed as a mester too as he makes some beauties!!

I've a really nice clip point folder made by Russ!

He put it in the raffle as a prize at a British Blades meet at the Fat Cat here in Sheffield! I was lucky enough to win it!!!  






He works for Taylors Eye Witness  


John  
dtalbot

Have one of Russels somewhere as well, yep Stuart was trained by his dad and still uses some of the specialist Little Meisters who do stuff like stamping or leather work  (or at least did when I last visited 3 or 4 years ago).
I keep trying make one of those Fat Cat meetups (join the EMCCU group on facebook if you don't do bb anymore to keep up to date with them) but Grace has an uncanny knack of arranging them on weekends I have the kids

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