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Does anyone have any information on this Swift Lino Knife? My most burning wish at the moment is whereabouts did Swifts operate from? I've tried and tried looking online but I can't come up with anything concrete. Thank you all

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My suggestion is William Swift, a little mester, who operated from 139 Crescent Road, Walkley (later named Walkley Crescent Road). He died 21st January 1886 and didn't advertise anywhere so far as I can see. He employed one of his sons, Elijah, as a blade forger plus one other man part time.  Elijah died aged 32 in 1889.

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I think the Swift Tool Set was introduced by Spear and Jackson in the early 1950s.

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9 hours ago, Edmund said:

My suggestion is William Swift, a little mester, who operated from 139 Crescent Road, Walkley (later named Walkley Crescent Road). He died 21st January 1886 and didn't advertise anywhere so far as I can see. He employed one of his sons, Elijah, as a blade forger plus one other man part time.  Elijah died aged 32 in 1889.

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Great shout Edmund, that looks very promising, thank you for taking time to look that up.

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On 25/06/2022 at 16:13, Arif said:

Does anyone have any information on this Swift Lino Knife? My most burning wish at the moment is whereabouts did Swifts operate from? I've tried and tried looking online but I can't come up with anything concrete. Thank you all

 

 

Could be a clip point, leather craft, shoe making, bookbinding, cobblers or leather working knife.

Take your pick 🙂

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23 hours ago, SteveHB said:

Could be a clip point, leather craft, shoe making, bookbinding, cobblers or leather working knife.

Take your pick 🙂

Precursor to the Stanley knife?

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I used similar knives as a shoe repairer in the 60's.  They needed breaking in and were frequently sharpened, so soon wore down, but we tended to have a favourite which we would not like anyone else to use. George Barnsley do a selection of shoe repair knives though they look a bit posher than the ones I used.

https://www.georgebarnsleyandsons.co.uk/shoemaking-repair-knives

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15 hours ago, boginspro said:

I used similar knives as a shoe repairer in the 60's.  They needed breaking in and were frequently sharpened, so soon wore down, but we tended to have a favourite which we would not like anyone else to use. George Barnsley do a selection of shoe repair knives though they look a bit posher than the ones I used.

https://www.georgebarnsleyandsons.co.uk/shoemaking-repair-knives

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The heel paring knife is very similar, thank you

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