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Taylors Eye Witness

Taylors Eye Witness was founded by John Taylor in the early years of the 19th Century as designers and producers of kitchen knives, pocket knives, scissors and sharpeners.

The “Eye Witness” Trademark was first registered in 1838 – the inspiration for the choice of “Eye Witness” is believed to be Shakespeare’s line in Henry IV – “No eye hath seen better”.

The Grade II listed building is now believed to be the only traditional works remaining in Sheffield which still manufactures its original products.

Employing highly skilled Sheffield craftsmen and with a knowledgebase which is unrivalled, Taylors Eye Witness have stood the test of time through an unrelenting dedication to quality, service and good old fashioned technical know-how.

Step back in Time

Although the interior of the factory has changed with new working practices and modern machines, the exterior of the building has changed very little over the past 160 years.

Further history can be found at Wikipedia…

There are some good pictures of a Taylors Eye Witness factory tour on the British Blades forum.

We are also archiving some of our original printed material – keep coming back to check on our progress.

The 1837 Catalogue

The Catalogue circa 1920


The Barlow Knife

Video showcasing  the Barlow Knife and showing its construction:

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