To mark the 150th anniversary of the Cutty Sark we are producing a folding Sheffield made pocket knife with bolsters made from the original Muntz metal reclaimed from the hull of the Cutty Sark and the grips made from the finest teak stored by the Royal Navy for replacement decking for the Royal Yacht - the last ship in the Royal Navy to have a teak deck.
The Cutty Sark was a tea clipper and the knife will come in a reproduction of the wooden boxes tea was originally retailed in. This fine and unique knife will only be available in small quantities as we have very little of the Muntz from the hull of the Cutty Sark - so watch this space for details of when it finally arrives.
Muntz metal is a form of brass formed with 60 % copper and 40 % zinc. It was used as sheathing on the bottom of boats. it was found that the copper would gradually leach from the alloy into sea water poisoning any organism that attempted to attach itself to the hull. It was patented in 1832. It slowed the destruction of the wooden hulls of sailing ship by creatures such as marine worms.
We intend the knife to be a unique tribute to Britain’s maritime history. it’s a combination of materials that you will not see again and it’s been made by one of the last craftsmen in the UK still capable of making one off pieces in small quantities.