Friday 8th May 2020  Victory in Europe Day in the UK and it marks the 75th Anniversary

VE Day commemeration

We have a range of Commemorative pieces to remember this very special occasion with. These items are handmade in very small quantities using special materials and when they are gone they are gone. We have hunted out for many years our historic material and spent many hours finding the craftsmen with the necessary skills to make our products.


LH knife

This is a Sheffield made pocket knife with grips made from a Lee Enfield rifle butt. The wood is walnut and the blade is a traditonal farmers blade. The Lee Enfield rifle was the standard WW2 infantry weapon and the knife is hand crafted in Sheffield. These knives come boxed, post paid in the UK and with a letter on hand made paper describing the knife. Stock number W2. Price 48

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Hurricane cufflinks
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SPITFIRE CUfflinks small

We have a range of cufflinks made from historic metal from Battle of Britain planes including Spitfires and Hurricanes - click on the logo above to see them.


Open Razors



Cecils Shaving Shop

Safety Razors

Drawstring Bags

Razor Stands

The Spitfire Keyring

Super Tea Lights


Applique & Stitch Cutting scissors


Tornado Pen Holder

Britannia teak razors & brushes

St. James’s Razor

Shaving Brushes

Cartridge Razors

Mach3 Razor

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Vintage Barber

The Imperial Razor

Shaving Mugs

Iznik Shaving Bowls

Vintage Open Razors

Antique Straight Razors

Care of Razors

Pre 1900 straight razors

Gentlemens penknives

The Armistice Centenary

Fragments of History Keyrings

Gloster Meteor keyring

The Brass Foundry

History of Sheffield

Battle of Trafalgar

Meaningful Leather

VE Day Commemorative Products

V1 WW2 Sheffield  knife

Keyring from WW1 leather

R100 Airship keyring

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Our range of small leather items can be seen by clicking on the above image. Using leather from cold war era soviet pilots jackets we have created keyrings, card cases and other leather items for our ‘red menace’ range. We also have used WW2 era American army airforce jackets in that range. With these leather items you are carrying and using a piece of history and each item is imbued with a sense of it’s historic past which gives it a sense of meaning beyond it’s functional purpose.

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victory oak 1

You can see a selection of our Sheffield made folding knives including knives made with the oak from HMS Victory by clicking on the above link. Knives made by Sheffield craftsmen who still work in small workshops in what is known as steel city.

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V1 buzzbomb knife
V1 doodlebug metal

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day and also the 50th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon we have made this handmade Sheffield folding knife which incorporates part of a V1 doodlebug which came down in Kent in WW2. The various German terror weapons heralded the start of the age of rockets and mans ultimate landing on the moon. We have very little of this metal and have made a batch of ten knives to start with. Each comes boxed with a letter on handmade paper. Post paid within the UK it’s 95

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For many years we lived in France close to the landing beaches and in our village were the remains of huge fortifications built by the villagers and slave labour. The stories in that area could still be heard from individuals forced to work on the fortifications. The 75th Anniversary of VE day commemorates epic events. My parents had their house blown to pieces on the Christmas Eve blitz on Manchester and when they came out of the shelter surrounded by flames they thought they had died and gone to hell. Many years after the American Omaha beach landings I spoke on the phone from Omaha beach to the American General who got the Americans off Omaha beach and he was above all an ordinary man still trying to come to terms with what had happened. In Manchester in the blitz the Home Guard were only equipped with pick axe handles and assuming the parachute mines which were coming down were German paratroopers they charged the mines with their pick axe handles - so above all the VE Day Commemoration is a rememberance of the ordinary people involved.

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