by Zak Jarvis | Feb 2, 2017 | Historical Perspective, Local History, Razors
William Greaves lead a remarkable life.
Born in 1752, little is known about his early years, or even how he started his business. There were a lot of men making things with steel and named William Greaves. There were, in general, a lot of men named William Greaves.
by Zak Jarvis | Oct 28, 2016 | Historical Perspective, Razors, Techniques
With 19th century Sheffield razors the most succinct answer is deeply unsatisfying: we simply don’t know.
But it has a clear manufacturer’s stamp!
And yet, the answer is the same.
While that answer is disappointing, understanding the reason why is more interesting.
by Zak Jarvis | Jul 10, 2014 | Historical Perspective, Lesser Known Sheffield, Razors
Old Sheffield produced an incredible number of cutlery firms. Some of them left behind clear records, like Joseph Rodgers or Marshes & Shepherd, but there were a great many smaller companies who are known only by their work or a single directory listing.
by Zak Jarvis | Mar 2, 2013 | Lesser Known Sheffield, Razors
Edward Allison and his wife Mary had a daughter, Catherine, in September 1819. Catherine’s baptism record lists her father as a razorsmith, but he doesn’t appear in any of the business directories until late 1820 when Pigot lists him as a Razor manufacturer and operator of the tavern The Barrel. Both the tavern and the razor manufacturing were in Little Sheffield.
by Zak Jarvis | Feb 5, 2013 | Lesser Known Sheffield, Razors
Hawcroft & Pearson are first listed as operating from Eldon street in 1834. It’s hard to say if that’s when the business was founded.