New range highlights key to success

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Innovation, design and a reputation for quality have all been key to Richardson Sheffield’s success over the years.

It was with that in mind that the company embarked on developing a new range of premium kitchen knives, to be made in Sheffield.

The new 1839 collection – named after the year the firm was founded – was designed with the help of a freelance designer formerly employed by the firm. The innovative rosewood handles pay homage to the design used for traditional Sheffield penknives.

Production of the knives has been entrusted to Samuel Stanniforth, the Halfway-based firm that next year will have been making knives in the city for chefs, butchers and other catering professionals for 150 years.

“We wanted to create something that harked back to what Sheffield was famous for in knife making and to give it a contemporary twist, to make it relevant for the 21st century,” says Richardson Sheffield’s John Horton.

The 1839 range goes on sale later in the year but has already won approval of potential retail customers at the Spring Fair in Birmingham and in Frankfurt.

Although Richardson isn’t likely to bring manufacturing of all of its ranges back to the city, there is a possibility other new prestige products will be made in Sheffield in future.

The Sheffield company also has the rights to making kitchen knives under the world-famous Sabatier name.

While table cutlery and kitchen knives account for 75 per cent of Richardson’s business, the company also sells kitchen utensils, pots and pans and scissors.