January 16, 2024
Today, one of Sheffield’s modern “little Mesters”, Steven Cocker, presented a special knife to the Master Cutler to mark the Company’s 400th year. The presentation took place at Cutlers’ Hall in front of visiting Year 5 and 6 students from Coit Primary School, who are taking part in a Cutlers’ Company “Better Learners Better Workers” visit to the Hall.
The knife is a 4 blade pocket knife made in the pattern of a Wade & Butcher knife by Steven in his home workshop. It is made from SF100 Stainless steel, a special Sheffield steel from Outokumpu. Steven explained “It’s a 4 piece 19th-century Wade & Butcher pattern folding knife with 3 spear blades and 1 manicure blade, nickel silver bolsters with stag horn handles. I selected this pattern of 4 blades to represent 400 years of the Cutlers’ Company.”
The Master Cutler, Mr Charles Turner DL, said ”This is a very special knife beautifully made by a talented cutler. The multiple connections to the City’s knife-making tradition are brilliant and shows the level of skill here. I was particularly pleased to be able to use Steven’s visit to inspire the next generation as well. The young people were very taken by the fact that things they have seen in display cases at Cutlers’ Hall are made in Sheffield now. They also enjoyed being able to question Steven and his wife Kylie, who is also a cutler, about the knife-making process. The knife will be put on display in the Hall for our 400th Anniversary and enjoyed for a long time.”