[PICTURE GALLERY] Sheffield bids farewell to legendary little mester Stan Shaw

Sheffield came to a standstill on Friday as the funeral cortege of little mester Stan Shaw passed through the city and visited Kelham Island for one last time in a seemingly fitting farewell.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:32 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:32 pm

Stan, who died aged 93 last month, was Sheffield's pre-eminent pocket-knife maker whose career spanned almost 80 years.

The family of well-known cutler Stan Shaw BEM said he had passed away with his wife of 66 years, Rosemary, holding his hand.

Stan started making knives in 1939 at the age of just 14, still spending nine hours on his workbench at Kelham Island Museum right up to his 90s.

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The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells

His family did not have a cutlery background, but on a trip to Sheffield, he saw pocket knives for sale in the market and decided that's what he wanted to do.

In 2016, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for meritorious service worthy of recognition by the crown - it was the first time such an award had been bestowed on a member of the cutlery trade.

According to The Friends of Portland Works, the cutlery industry declined when Stan learned how to do many of the jobs that would make a knife, such as forging, grinding and hafting.

Traditionally these tasks were separate subdivisions of the cutlery trade, carried out by single person and meant that many different cutlers were involved in the making of one knife.

The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells

His death has truly left a void in the cutlery industry as the city lost one of its finest craftsmen.

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The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells
Stan Shaw passed away at the age of 93 last month.
The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells
The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells
The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells
The funeral of little mester Stan Shaw. The cortege visits Kelham Island for one last time. Picture: Chris Etchells