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I know many have gone by the wayside, but who is still making in Sheffield?

 

I'm not just talking about putting a Made in England sticker on something made in China and slightly finished in Sheffield. Does anyone know of anyone still doing the end-to-end process right here?

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Yup - the company I work for makes cutting tools in Sheffield from raw material for the aerospace industry. There's loads of smaller companies too like Lidster Paragon, CR tools, Pen Cutting, Lomas etc.

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Yup - the company I work for makes cutting tools in Sheffield from raw material for the aerospace industry. There's loads of smaller companies too like Lidster Paragon, CR tools, Pen Cutting, Lomas etc.

 

Thanks for that.

 

I should have clarified, hand tool makers.

 

Any left?

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Henry Taylors Hamlet Craft Tools and Crown hand tools make wood turning and wood carving tools

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Footprint Tools is still going, albeit on a much smaller scale than when I worked there

( approximately 10 employees ). They relocated to smaller premises at Owlerton a few years ago.

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Hi, thought I'd add this this post to reiterate there is still quite a few of us STILL making tools in this city.

We are the UK's last remaining traditional handsaw manufacturer (Thomas Flinn & Co). We also bought out the last hand plane manufacturer in the country 3 years ago (also Sheffield based). We manufacture the PAX brand which dates back to 1776, The Garlick Saw Company (Lynx brand) which dates back to 1858 and a few other brands.

We also manufacture Clifton hand planes.

From our website, we specialise in selling Sheffield made products. There is also Joseph Marples joiners tools, Robert Sorby, Connells of Sheffield as well as many you mentioned earlier on in thread. We aim to promote high quality goods, made by other independently owned manufacturers.

 

One of the main challenges is costs of producing in Britain and the fact that for many it's easier to purchase imported goods and throw them away. It is very important for endangered crafts such as ours that folk do support British manufacturing and buy high quality tools (which are likely better value in the long run) so that the skills we have can be passed on to future generations. It's also important to ensure spending in your local communities as it's vital for all, 70p from every £1 is spent locally and this means everyone seeks some gain from this.

 

Over 50% of our goods are exported directly. Again, a massive plus for manufacturing.

 

Please consider us for all your woodworking tool needs if you wish to purchase Sheffield made goods. Thank you :)

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Hi, thought I'd add this this post to reiterate there is still quite a few of us STILL making tools in this city.

We are the UK's last remaining traditional handsaw manufacturer (Thomas Flinn & Co). We also bought out the last hand plane manufacturer in the country 3 years ago (also Sheffield based). We manufacture the PAX brand which dates back to 1776, The Garlick Saw Company (Lynx brand) which dates back to 1858 and a few other brands.

We also manufacture Clifton hand planes.

From our website, we specialise in selling Sheffield made products. There is also Joseph Marples joiners tools, Robert Sorby, Connells of Sheffield as well as many you mentioned earlier on in thread. We aim to promote high quality goods, made by other independently owned manufacturers.

 

One of the main challenges is costs of producing in Britain and the fact that for many it's easier to purchase imported goods and throw them away. It is very important for endangered crafts such as ours that folk do support British manufacturing and buy high quality tools (which are likely better value in the long run) so that the skills we have can be passed on to future generations. It's also important to ensure spending in your local communities as it's vital for all, 70p from every £1 is spent locally and this means everyone seeks some gain from this.

 

Over 50% of our goods are exported directly. Again, a massive plus for manufacturing.

 

Please consider us for all your woodworking tool needs if you wish to purchase Sheffield made goods. Thank you :)

 

Brilliant stuff. Thanks for the update. And a bigger thanks for keeping the flag flying!

 

Edit: Are the handles also made in Sheffield?

Edited by Bibbs

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There is a company near Kelham Island museum that makes wooden handles...

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There is a company near Kelham Island museum that makes wooden handles...

 

Woodware Repetitions. They turn handles but do also make shoe knives. There are still knife makers and the like around such as Jack Adams and Egginton Group.

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Yup - the company I work for makes cutting tools in Sheffield from raw material for the aerospace industry. There's loads of smaller companies too like Lidster Paragon, CR tools, Pen Cutting, Lomas etc.

 

Would that be Technicut, Specialist cutting tools including Carbide ?

 

Lidster Paragon, if I recall make drill bits mainly or did at the time.

 

I worked for Hydra-Clarkson, doing the same stuff years ago.

 

Regards.

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Brilliant stuff. Thanks for the update. And a bigger thanks for keeping the flag flying!

 

Edit: Are the handles also made in Sheffield?

 

Yes. We have a woodshop.

Edited by thomasflinn
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