Currently viable crafts

 

Swordsmithing

 

The forging of swords.

 

Status Currently viable
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income) 6-10 individual makers; 11-20 makers at Pooley Sword Ltd; unknown number of makers at other companies
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees 3 apprentices at Pooley Sword Ltd
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required

 

History

 

 

Techniques

 

 

Local forms

 

 

Sub-crafts

 

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • One of the main issues is the legislation around the sale and ownership of swords.

 

Support organisations

 

 

Craftspeople currently known

Individuals:

Businesses:

In August 2005, the very distinguished sword makers Wilkinson Sword, who had been established for over two hundred years, ceased trading as sword makers.

 

Other information

 

 

References