The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Knife making

 

The making of knives, such as kitchen knives and bushcraft knives. See the separate entry for folding knife making.

 

Status Currently viable
Craft category  Metal
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople

 

History

 

Techniques

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Legislation: There are various laws applying to the sale of knives
  • Recruitment issues: Difficulty in finding people who want to work in manufacturing as people don’t want to get their hands dirty.

 

Support organisations

 

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

Total number of craftspeople: A. Wright & Son of Sheffield manufactures knives, folding knives and swords and does hand grinding in-house. They have a workforce of ten people – five older people, and five younger people whom they train from scratch, and everyone does a bit of everything.

 

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