Fruit knife

2007

  • Shape - jj
  • Blade material Steel and silver laminate
  • Scales Mother of Pearl
  • Liners and bolsters Sterling silver
  • Pins silver and stainless steel
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The shape for these two knives came from some Sheffield folding knives that I have from around 1790 – 1800. Many fruit knives of this period have decoration on the inside of the spring; a reward for opening the knife and this private filework appealed to me.

It was also popular around this time to finish the end of the spring and blade flush with end of the bolster. Although this sacrifices some rigidity, it looks so neat that I decided to use it here as well.

This knife was the Show Winner (cat 2) at ‘KnivesUK’ 2007.

I started making embroidered boxes for my knives. This one is wool, silk and gold gimp.

Forged kitchen knives

2007

  • Shape - kitchen
  • Blade material EN42 Carbon Steel
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These forged knives were made at various sessions at the Bush Fire Forge in London. I was particularly pleased with the hamon that was achieved on the third blade.

'Melcher' Knives

2006

  • Shape - kitchen
  • Blade material Steel and silver laminate
  • Handle material
  • Liners Sterling silver
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This pair of knives was primarily made as a turning test for the material. I wanted to see if the material would delaminate when it was turned on the lathe. . The shape was based on a pair of wedding knives made by J Melcher around 1625.

Marking knives

2006

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material Steel and silver laminate
  • Handle material
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These little basic knives were cut using waterjet and trying to maximise the shape of the rolled billet. The pieces gave me the opportunity to see the cross-section of the laminated material.

Kitchen knife

2006

  • Shape - kitchen
  • Blade material 440c Stainless Steel
  • Handle material
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This is less of a design and more of an evolution. It is the most recent manifestation of a knife for my mother. Over the years, her hand use has deteriorated due to MS and each time she has requested modifications to her existing special knife. I give her models and prototypes until she has established what works best for her and then I turn it into an aesthetically pleasing object.

Ettrick Batch

2006

  • Shape - trad
  • Blade material carbon steel
  • Scales tulip wood
  • Liners and bolsters brass
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Traditional Folders

These knives were made using the pattern, materials and techniques that Trevor Ablett, a traditional Sheffield working-knife maker, still uses. I spent time working with him during 2006 – 2007 and he was generous enough to show me how he makes slipjoint folders. He didn’t grind the blades himself but even at 65 yrs old, he would expect to produce 100 – 150 folders a week.

'Disknife'

2001

  • Shape - craft
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Design and make a small knife that can be mass or batch produced. The design should challenge preconceptions regarding the roles and forms we expect the parts of knives to have i.e. handle, cutting edge, protection etc.

The finished design owes much to prehistoric flint knives; I liked the intimacy between the user and the action. The knife is to be held between finger and thumb and used for fine work. When doing craft work there is often a need to cut a thread or open up a seam and this knife replaces the old razor blade I use for doing just that sort of job.

However, I see it primarily as a wearable knife - designed to be on show. The fact that it is at first glance not obviously a knife is particularly important to ensure that the projected messages are not misinterpreted. The wearer knows that there is an edge but the viewer sees circles within circles and there is no perceived threat generated by the preconception of a cutting edge.

'Folding Scalpel'

2001

  • Shape - craft
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Design and make a small knife that can be mass or batch produced. The design should be based around the disposable scalpel blades made by Swann Morton, and the finished design should be feasible for inclusion into their range.

Many people who carry folding knives do not sharpen them. This product is designed to offer customers a convenient precision cutting instrument. A range of Swann Morton blades can be fitted to the knife including 6, 10a, 11, 15, 15a and 15c but the piece was designed initially with a number 10 blade. The simplicity of the design reduces the moving parts to a minimum and unlike traditional folding knives the mechanism is unlikely to stick and grind under difficult or adverse conditions.

'Millennium Swords'

1999

  • Shape - ceremonial
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Traditionally, the retiring Master Cutler commissions a gift for display in the Sheffield Cutlers Hall.

The current Master Cutler wanted a pair of swords that blend traditional Sheffield skills and contemporary design.

One sword is displayed in Sheffield and the other was added to the collection in the Mansion House, London.

The London sword was presented to the Lord Mayor of London during the annual Forfeit Feast at the Sheffield Cutlers Hall.

BRIEF

Produce designs for a pair of commemorative swords for the approval of the Master Cutler, Mr Liversidge.

The design included details from the crest of the Company of Cutlers including the motto and an elephant's head. The design also reflected the inclusive partnerships between London and Sheffield.

The swords had to include the Millennium Hallmark and The Sheffield Assay Office provided the silver.

The blade was made by Stuart Mitchell of Mitchell & Sons. and all other work was done by Grace Horne.

Cutlery Set

1997

  • Shape - kitchen
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The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths organise an annual competition to encourage new designers in working in silver and gold.

The brief was to design and make a set of cutlery to be forged in silver. This design incorporates a steel edge to the knife, enabling the knife to be sharper than a completely silver knife could be. Traditionally, knives (with steel blades) are the only items that can be hall marked when they combine silver and another metal.

This design was awarded a high commendation in 1997 in the Young Silversmith Award run by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.