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Vintage Drawknife by Robert Sorby

Regular price £90.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £90.00 GBP
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Vintage Drawknife by Robert Sorby  
Forged in Sheffield, UK by Robert Sorby 

High Quality British Steel: Hollow Ground 
11.5" Cutting Edge
Razor Sharp Bevel

About the Drawknife
A restored vintage drawknife by Robert Sorby of Sheffield offering a razor sharp edge which will be easy to maintain  

This is a top quality vintage tool with superb edge retention. The handles are firm and free of damage or woodworm. The edge profile has some curvature common with vintage tools however it does not affect the performance of the knife.

The edge has been reground with hollow grinds on both the front and back bevel. This offers a razor sharp edge which can be maintained quickly and easily with regular stropping and sharpening. The hollow grind on the back of the knife will help prevent a wear bevel developing and will save you hours of sharpening in the long term. 

 This is an excellent vintage tool, superior than the majority, if not all, off the shelf drawknives available today. 

Robert Sorby History

The forbearers of Robert Sorby had been cutlers in the Sheffield region, dating from the mid 17th century. Robert Sorby and Sons were registered in Sheffield in 1828 as a manufacturer of edge tools, saws, scythes and hay knives. In addition to manufacturing tools, they also diversified into the manufacture of crucible steel for tool manufacture. From circa 1860-1967, the Sorby factory in Sheffield was known as the “Kangaroo Works”. 

The Kangaroo Brand of tools was made by Robert Sorby & Sons. During the 19th century, they had a large trade in Australasia. By the early 20th century, they were manufacturing carving tools, planes and plane irons, circular saws, wood saws, butchers saws and cleavers, garden tools, pruning knives, coopers’ knives, bricklayers tools and joiners tools. In 1923 Robert Sorby & Sons was bought by Sheffield company Hattersley and Davidson. 

They are today one of the few remaining British tool manufacturers.

Tool Safety

*This drawknife is extremely sharp, sharp enough to shave with! Please take care whilst handling 

** You must be over 18 years of age to purchase this item. Age verification will be required before the item can be dispatched.