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The following appears on the packaging of a set of kitchen knives we bought in Tassie. Can anyone expand on the history of Stanley Rogers in Sheffield? Is the factory still there? The knives we bought did not have the name Sheffield engraved on them.

 

In 1930 Stanley Rogers, a young charismatic entrepreneur made his first mark by opening a small retail store on Elizabeth Street in the heart of Melbourne. While sharpening knives and repairing cutlery, Stanley developed a deep understanding of his customers' needs. Driven by a passion for the highest standards, Stanley acquired a cutlery factory in Sheffield, England. Sheffield is recognised worldwide as the City of Steel and was the heartland of cutlery production. Over many generations Stanley Rogers not only gained recognition as a leading manufacturer of stainless steel cutlery, but also as a specialist for premium dining and kitchenware products. Today, Stanley Rogers retains the highest quality and craftsmanship, while our designers are committed to honouring Stanley's timeless style.

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From this New Zealand catalogue for 2019  -------http://www.fackelmannhousewares.co.nz/Brand/CataloguePDF?id=14     --------  "Stanley Rogers was a silversmith in Sheffield before moving to Australia in 1926."  I am not sure if it was the same firm but I think there was a Stanley Rogers & (co.,  son or sons) on Rockingham Street, Sheffield in the 60's. It would be nice to hear that they are still going in Sheffield but I would be surprised because https://www.replacements.com/silver/snr.htm  do replacement bits for their cutlery sets.

 

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40 minutes ago, boginspro said:

I am not sure if it was the same firm but I think there was a Stanley Rogers & (co.,  son or sons) on Rockingham Street, Sheffield in the 60's.

 

There was a "Stanley Rodgers & Sos Ltd" on Rockingham Street, they appear in both the 1957 and 1965 Kelly's directories.

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47 minutes ago, SteveHB said:

There was a "Stanley Rodgers & Sos Ltd" on Rockingham Street, they appear in both the 1957 and 1965 Kelly's directories.

So, no connection there then?  I must admit that I first typed it with a  'd'  as in  'Joseph Rodgers'  before I noticed it was Rogers.

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Hello can I stir the muddy water a little bit more?

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This is from a cutlery set. 

Kalfred

 

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12 hours ago, Kalfred said:

Hello can I stir the muddy water a little bit more?

1590089088_StanleyRogersknife.jpg.69b2cc5cb27b0300d329aa90a38a808a.jpg

This is from a cutlery set. 

Kalfred

 

That's one of Stanley Rogers patterns that is now re-produced by Replacements Ltd. Picture below is Lady Catherine pattern in silver plate.

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Looking through forums and revue sites on the internet there are claims that the company now owning the brand has the Stanley Rogers cutlery made in China and / or Korea. I have not been able to verify this at the moment but if true it would be just another case of a multi-national company buying and then abusing a respected mark. There are also some claims of the modern Stanley Rogers stainless cutlery rusting after a short time, not something I have come across with cutlery but I have recently bought stainless sheet steel that was so badly made that it rusted in patches. 

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That could explain why the name Sheffield doesn't appear on the knives we bought.

I think the entry in Kelly's directory in Steve's post could easily have been a typo, whoever typed it probably had Joseph Rodgers in mind.

I think the entry above - Groocock & Cooper - could have been a mistake too. Plenty of references to Grocock  on SH -

 https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/3267-ugliest-town-in-the-old-world/?tab=comments#comment-72559

But Groocock ??

I think the clerk who typed up Kelly's must have had a late night.

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7 hours ago, boginspro said:

Looking through forums and revue sites on the internet there are claims that the company now owning the brand has the Stanley Rogers cutlery made in China and / or Korea. I have not been able to verify this at the moment but if true it would be just another case of a multi-national company buying and then abusing a respected mark. There are also some claims of the modern Stanley Rogers stainless cutlery rusting after a short time, not something I have come across with cutlery but I have recently bought stainless sheet steel that was so badly made that it rusted in patches. 

The name stainless steel only claims it will not stain, if a knife blade rusts on areas of the blade is because it's been scorched during the grinding process, the scorching alters the metals molecular structure. When I was working a coolant was added to the water used in the grinding process. When used in the home these badly ground blades will rust quicker on the scorched areas when salt is used during a meal, the rust spots cannot be removed ever.

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