The History of Woodworking Tools in UK


Toolmakers and Tools

"In England the name 'Sheffield' has long been synonymous with fine-quality steel, no more so than in the early nineteenth century when the town, though seeming to possess few advantages for the manufacture of steel, virtually monopolized the industry in Europe.

In contrast, the United States before 1860 was still in the age of wood and iron, relying almost exclusively on England for supplies of cast steel.  No better example illustrates the Anglo-American relationship termed the Atlantic economy."

Geoffrey Tweedale,
Sheffield Steel and America:
A Century of Commercial and
Technological Interdependence,
(Cambridge, 1987).


Major Steelmakers

Key Personalities in UK Toolmaking


Unusual Tools

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Eye Witness Works

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

2nd Edition

Taylor's Eye Witness factory in Milton Street, Sheffield – yesterday and today. The factory was built in Victorian times to supply domestic and overseas markets with pocket-knives, table cutlery, and razors. The firm is still in production. It is one of hundreds profiled and illustrated in Tweedale's Directory.

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English Chisel


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