The forging of swords.
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Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
- A. Wright & Son of Sheffield make about 1000 ceremonial swords a year for the Ministry of Defence. In the past, the swords had been made in the Far East but the skills required to hand grind the sword from a blank brought the craft back to the UK.
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.