Name on a Knife Blade

Our project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF):

Name on a Knife Blade: Sharpening Links between Sheffield Cutlery and Sheffield Communities

is underway - bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest news!


Did you or a member of your family work as a cutler or for a Sheffield cutlery manufacturer?

Do you have any memorabilia (photographs, letters etc.) or table knives from Sheffield cultery companies that you could show us or donate to us?

Fill in the card below, or contact us. (It may be necessary to open the card in Adobe Acrobat or Internet Explorer in order to complete and return it to us.)

Capture Card


Even though we have had to cancel the official launch of our Digital Knife Archive, we are excited to have been able to launch it online.

Take a look, is your name on a knife blade?

We have a lot of information to add and volunteers are working remotely to update the archive almost daily. If you have anything that you can share with us about any of the companies, please get in touch through our Contact page, Facebook Group - Name on a Knife Blade, or by email:

Talks and Events 2021

Free Wednesday talks (either virtual via Zoom and/or at Kelham Island Museum)

24th Nov

Project Finale - Celebrating the Contributions Made by the Local Community

New Exhibition coming in 2022

Touch Wood – The Story of Sheffield’s Breadboard Makers

An exhibition of breadboards and breadknives in association with Madeleine Neave from The Antique Breadboard Museum and ancestors of the Wing family

Outside Talks

We can also give talks about the project to members of your group or organisation via Zoom or whatever platform you have available, please contact us for further information.


Films and Digital Presentations

Here are our latest additions:

A Cutlers Dozen

A Short History of the Table Knife

Original films of crafstmen from the Collection-

Hand Forging Knife Blades - Tom Merrill (1966)

Hand Forging Butcher & Fish Knives - Ernest Drice & Harry Drabble (1965)

The Making of a Sheffield Knife - George Watts, Joe Murray, Fred James & Sandy Lowe (nd)

Hand Forged Silver Cutlery - C.W. Fletcher (Silversmiths) Ltd (1980)

Blade Forger - Albert Craven (1979)

Table Knife Cutler - Frank Carr (1993)



Project Overview

The project focus is to link the Hawley Trust`s unique collection of over 1,500 stainless steel knives, made by over 800 different makers, with Sheffield families that bear the surnames marked on them (and other employees of the cutlers).  The project started on 1st March 2019 and runs until September 2021.
Twelve exhibitions will be held, each with a talk and a presentation of a different selection of the table knife collection.

It was officially launched last Wednesday, 10th July 2019 by the Senior Warden of the Cutlers' Company of Hallamshire, Nick Williams, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Professor Jaydip Ray.


The main aim is to create an interactive Digital Knife Archive, allowing direct and on-line access to photographs of the knives in the Collection as well as information on the history of the cutlers that made them.

We are doing this now to ensure that we capture the legacy of objects, ephemera and memories of the hundreds of cutlers that closed down in Sheffield between the 1930s and 1970s, before these things disappear forever. We hope that local people of all ages will get involved and help us link their surnames and their families to the cutlers' names that are still well represented in Sheffield (and further afield).

There will be a series of exhibitions, Open Days and talks that we hope will allow the maximum number of people in the local area to get involved. The information captured from these people will be preserved for posterity and will be added to our already internationally-significant Collection as part of Sheffield's heritage.

New volunteers are joining our existing team to help deliver this exciting project.

Commenting on the award from the HLF, Nick Duggan, the volunteer who led on the bid, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are pleased to celebrate the rich Heritage of the Collector Ken Hawley and the Steel City`s Cutlery legacy.”