The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Swordsmithing

 

The forging of swords.

 

Status Data deficient
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

 

Support organisations

 

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.

 

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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