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The Mu­seum of Sh­effield re­ports that a Sh­effield knife was among Edward III’S pos­ses­sions in the Tower of Lon­don in 1340.

In “The Can­ter­bury Tales”, penned be­tween 1387 and 1400, Ge­of­frey Chaucer wrote about the Miller in “The Reeve’s Tale”, say­ing that a “Sh­effield thwi­tel (whit­tle means knife) baar he in his hose”.

A “cru­cible steel” process of melt­ing iron and other ma­te­ri­als in a con­tainer which can with­hold great heat was cre­ated in 1740 in Sh­effield by Ben­jamin Huntsman. How­ever, it took him selling his steel to France and French cutlery be­ing im­ported back into Bri­tain for the Sh­effield cut­lers to aban­don the Ger­man steel they were used to in favour of the “home-grown” va­ri­ety.

But­ter knife.

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