Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

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Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby knifeaholic » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:04 am

I was just looking at my old IXL catalog to identify some IXL brand budding knives that I just acquired.

As we all are aware, the number of US firms that manufacture traditional slipjoints has dwindled to five.

It got me to wondering - are there any cutlery firms left in the UK that still manufacture traditional slipjoints?
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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby cody6268 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:08 am

For one, there's Taylor's Eye Witness. But just select lines. I have two, one ca. 1960s, the other modern. The modern one I can't get a good edge on for the ilfe of me. Probably user error--I'd assume both are the same steel.

http://taylors-eye-witness.co.uk/brands ... sheffield/

Slipjoints page: Are they the only manufacturer to still be making a ring turn pattern?

http://taylors-eye-witness.co.uk/brands ... et-knives/

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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby Mumbleypeg » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:44 am

There’s this, according to the website they’re made in Sheffield. https://www.eggintongroup.co.uk/. Includes Wostenholm, Joseph Rodgers, and Ibberson brand names. Not sure how big the operation is but may be on the lines of the Canal Street Co-op. ::shrug:: Maybe one of the UK members here will enlighten us.

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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby robbobus » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:45 am

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A Wright makes a variety of traditional slipjoint knives, most notably a fine lambsfoot with a carbon steel blade.
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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby deo-pa » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:43 pm

Per Ken's post, here is the story of the Egginton Group: https://www.thestar.co.uk/business/a-slice-of-success-spanning-five-generations-1-282190

If you go to Ken's link you will see that many knives are identical regardless of whose name is on the tang. They also make an unbranded Simply Sheffield line of knives. All are made in the same factory.

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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby Lawrence » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:20 pm

In 2014 I had the pleasure of meeting Trevor Ablett and Ray Cooper at their shop in Sheffield. I'm pleased to see that Michael May is continuing the tradition of making hand made pocket knives...he mentions on his website that he bought a lot of equipment from Trevor Ablett when Trevor retired. cheers

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Re: Are any Traditional Slipjoints still Made in the UK?

Postby toolboy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:01 pm

Not a firm but Paul Mason @ Mason Knives makes the best custom knives in old traditional patterns that you can buy.


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