When I first moved to Sheffield in 1993, I was given a box of old blades and springs by Stan Shaw for me to practice on. There were a huge range of styles and sizes, all of them carbon steel, some stamped out but most of them were beautifully forged. I always intended to make them up into more contemporary looking knives but I wanted to wait until I could do them justice.
These pruners are the first three knives that I have made up from these old blades. In keeping with their age, the knives have occasional, small patches of spider rust on the surface of the blades. Clean and oil the blade after use and you will get years of service out of this piece of Sheffield history.
The liners and bolsters have been machined out of a thick sheet of wrought iron; the bolster area was then etched to reveal the inherent texture of the iron.
There is secret ‘rosebud’ filework on the inside of the knife.
The scale material of this knife is a beautiful dark burgundy linen micarta. Micarta is man-made material that is extensively used in industrial applications but it makes very strong stable material for knife handles.