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A man in a workshop, using a grinding lathe to sharpen a knife edge. A man in a workshop, using a grinding lathe to sharpen a knife edge.

Lunchtime Talk: Making a Pocketknife from Start to Finish with Steven Cocker

Wed 24 April 2024 , 2pm-3pm

Kelham Island Museum

In this fascinating talk, Steven will explain the process and give us insights into how he produces knives from original patterns.


Steven has been making knives for 25 years. He started his career as a Saturday job while still at school and has worked full-time since leaving. He now works for manufacturers Eggintons, but also makes knives in his spare time. 

This talk and the associated film accompany the final exhibition for the ‘Sheffield Treasures’ National Lottery Heritage Fund project, in which we look at how the skills involved in making pocketknives in Sheffield have been passed down through the generations to makers today, like Steven.   


This event is organised by the Ken Hawley Collection Trust. Find out more about the collection at


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