I never wanted to be a knife maker.
After leaving music college I was looking for work and as is traditional in the cutlery trade, I got a job in a cutlery factory as a result of a number of members of my family working there. After working in various departments I ended up in the pen and pocket workshop where I stayed for three years before leaving to study history at university.
Two degrees later I was back making knives. Under Keith Moorby, I learned how to make knives to the highest standard, and it was then I realised that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Over the years, more and more people would ask me to make a knife for them as they were impressed at the high level of craftsmanship. I found a workshop for myself at the fantastic Portland Works, a place where Harry Brearley developed stainless steel for the use of cutlery over 100 years ago. It was not long after finding the workshop that Trevor Ablett had decided to sell off his equipment and retire due to illness. I was more than willing to buy it all from him and continue his work as he was such a well respected maker. Sadly, Trevor died not long after and Sheffield lost one it's characters.
My own work continues the patterns that Trevor produced, as well as the traditional Sheffield patterns that the city is famous for. Each knife I make is crafted to the highest standard, and can quite literally be made with my blood, sweat, and tears! Since learning my trade, I feel a responsibility to continue with the skills and crafts that made Sheffield famous.
I am a knife maker... I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Michael May. 2016