George Wostenholm and Son Ltd., cutlery manufacturers, Washington Works
George Wostenholm and Son Ltd., cutlery manufacturers, Washington Works

Take a look at these retro pictures showing Sheffield’s knife production from the 1900s onwards

Sheffield is renowned for its steel production, but also became famous for its production of cutlery especially knives – these retro pictures were taken at the many cutlery factories around the city.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 9:33 am
Updated Monday, 6th September 2021, 9:34 am

Cutlery means ‘that which cuts’, and can be anything from pocket knives to scissors, ice skates and scythes.

The first reference to cutlery made in Sheffield was in 1297 when the hearth tax records include Robertus le Coteler – Robert the Cutler.

By the 1600s, the city was the second-largest producer of cutlery production in England.

Take a look at these retro pictures from some of the old cutlery factories.

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