The roots of Spear & Jackson date to 1760, when drapery
maker John Love decided to found a steelmaking company
in Sheffield, England, where that country's production
of steel, cutlery, and tools were becoming centered due
to an abundance of raw materials. He was joined in
the business by Alexander Spear, a wealthy merchant from
the nearby town of Wakefield, and the new firm took the
name Spear & Love.
Over the following decades the company came to focus on
producing saws, and business grew. In 1814, with
the firm now run by Alexander Spear's nephew John Spear,
an apprentice named Sam Jackson was added. Jackson
proved a capable assistant, and in 1830 the company was
renamed Spear & Jackson.