Ensuring 270 years of cutlery’s not fork-gotten

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Professor pens directory of city makers

SOME books do exactly what it says on the tin.

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery manufacturers 1740 to 2010 is one of them.

In short, this tome of almost an inch thick contains a history of the Sheffield Cutlery trades from the 1740s right up to the present day.

Geoffrey Tweedale, a professor of history at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, has been researching Sheffield’s cutlery industry for more than 30 years.

He’s written several other books on the subject - including Sheffield Steel and America, Steel City Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Technology in Sheffield and the Sheffield Knife Book, a Collectors Guide - but none can be more detailed or comprehensive than his latest work....

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