Five Knives by the following Knife Makers:
Larry Brandstetter, Chuck Morey, Jason Oblinski, Greg Sutherland, & Hans Weinmueller
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Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in cutlery. These two, once great rival companies have sat alongside each other in The Egginton Group since 1986. Perhaps more than any other cutlery company, the history of Wostenholm is steeped in folklore.
Although Wostenholm was reputably formed in 1785, it took three generations and one name change for the company to really make a mark in Sheffield’s cutlery history. Originally the family name was spelt ‘Wolstenholme’ but, story has it that George Wostenholm the second found this name too long for smaller knives so he omitted the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’. The name has been spelt Wostenholm ever since. The second George Wostenholm also built the Rockingham Works (known locally as the Rockingham Wheel) in around 1810. Knives made in this factory and marked “Rockingham Works” are highly prized by knife collectors to this day.
In 1831, the famous I*XL trademark, which had first been registered in 1787, was assigned to Wostenholm.
It was the third George Wostenholm who ensured that this trademark became arguably the world’s most illustrious and best loved knife brand.
An ambitious industrialist and fiercely determined salesman, he came to the company’s helm in 1833. The company had already taken its first steps into the American export market as early as 1830; however, it was the third George who made numerous gruelling sales trips to America. This was at a time when the trans-Atlantic passage would take many weeks. Demand from America for superior quality cutlery was growing and George Wostenholm’s efforts had made certain that the finest cutlery of the time, his I*XL knives, were the knife of choice for Americans.
Trade flourished and in 1848 a new factory, the fabled Washington Works on Sheffield’s Wellington Street, was opened.
As the popularity of Wostenholm’s knives grew, so too did Washington Works and it soon became nearly four times its original size, employing over 800 workers.
Wostenholm was now making knives in a volume never witnessed before. It is important to note though that George ensured that quality was never sacrificed and knives continued to be made by the finest cutlers using only the best materials. For the Great Exhibition of 1851, to demonstrate the height of their craft, Wostenholm made three exquisite hunting knives from designs by noted English artist Alfred Stevens.
George Wostenholm, after having reportedly declined the position on a number of previous occasions, finally became Master Cutler 1856. He also held the office of Justice of the Peace for Sheffield. His influence on the city of Sheffield was considerable. He purchased an entire suburb of 150 acres and designing the streets to be laid out to reflect the leafy residential roads of the villages he had visited in New York State. The Sheffield road names of Wostenholm Road and Washington Road as well as Wostenholm’s huge house Kenwood Hall (now a hotel) are lasting reminders of his impact on the city.
Wostenholm’s influence on history was also felt across the Atlantic. Wostenholm had begun making hunting knives in the 1830’s.
Many of these were exported to America to keep up with demand for highly crafted knives in this incredibly turbulent time in American history.
There are two claims made about Wostenholm and the relationship with one of America’s most famous sons, legendary frontiersman Colonel James Bowie. The first claim is that Bowie ordered knives for himself and his close friends directly from Wostenholm.
The second, more famous claim is that, on March 6th 1836 when Bowie died at The Alamo while General Santa Anna’s Mexican Army attacked, a knife found on his body was one made by Wostenholms. Whether or not these stories are true is impossible to say for certain as company records from that period no longer exist, but it is nice to imagine that the paths of these two great men once crossed.
What can be said for certain is that Wostenholm’s dedication to his company and its products meant that the I*XL trademark has come to be regarded as the absolute pinnacle in knife manufacture.
Originally Published by http://www.eggintongroup.co.uk
Added a new section to the website tonight, Bowie Nation. This is for all you lovers of the large Bowie knives
There is not too many of this sized Bowie knives around. Believe me when I say this is one big Bowie. At just under 20″ this knife was designed by and made for Western Artist John Hill by custom knife maker Jim Ort of Oz knives.
Made of 1095 high carbon polished steel
The blade alone is 14.25″ long
Beautiful Crown Stag Handle
Leather Sheath also by Jim Ort
Interested in adding this to your collection? Check it out on the web site here
Roger sent me these photos from Sweden of a project he is working on; A Custom S-Guard Bowie.
Thought I’d share:
Many zombie survival experts tend to lean towards some hardcore tools and weapons, like swords and crowbars, but most of us here at ZPrepared prefer a rugged combat knife. It’s not the greatest weapon against the undead (firearms can’t really be beat in most cases), but the sheer versatility can’t be argued. It’s a tool and a weapon, they’re always easy to carry, and chances are, you’ve always got one on your person. So when we saw the Boker KAL 10 Fixed Blade fighting knife, this was an easy choice to add to the site. A knife as rugged and tough as the Automat Kalashnikov, with just as much style belongs here. The thumb notch and grip make it perfect for combat handling, and the point is tailor-made to punch right through to the cash and prizes of a zombie’s cranium.
From the blog Zprepared
This is one nice knife made back in the 70’s by Joe Frank Martin of Lubbock, TX.
I received about a dozen of Gerome Weinand’s custom knives in and have begun to place them up for sale on the website here.
It may take me a few or more days to get them all listed, here’s a few I already have done:
For more than a quarter century Dawson Knives has been synonymous with quality, durability and practicality in the knifemaking world. Barry’s knives have seen combat in every major war the USA has seen in the last 25 years, including Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq, where our soldiers continue to bet their lives on their Dawson blades as they lead the fight for freedom.
Dawson knives and swords have a place of honor in the Dojos of dozens of master martial artists, are proudly worn at the side of our nation’s finest law enforcement officers, and continue to be the hunter and sportsman’s indispensable right hand in the world’s great untamed wildernesses.
Using only the finest materials, both innovative and tried and true designs, closely guarded heat-treat techniques, and most importantly the feedback and input from thousands of satisfied customers, Barry continues to make some of the finest handmade knives and swords in the world today.