The first knives ever made from stainless steel, 100 years ago, and a 74-bladed knife made by Joseph Rodgers and Sons for the 1851 Great Exhibition were the highlights for visitors attending the Cutlers’ Hall Open Day.
Free guided tours proved popular, with archivist Joan Unwin and former archivist, now Mistress Cutler, Julie MacDonald, being kept busy throughout the day.
Younger visitors took particular interest in the preserved shell of a turtle, which bit the chef on its way to the cooking pot and they asked about the mace, which is carried by the Cutlers’ Company’s Beadle on ceremonial occasions
Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, said: “The Cutlers’ Hall is a fascinating building which houses treasures charting the history of the City of Sheffield.
“We were delighted to welcome so many visitors. Those who were not able to make it this year need not worry – we will be open again at around this time next year and every year for the foreseeable future.”