Byron said: “Sue was very upset when the blade snapped, she can remember her father using it to whittle dolls and animals for her in the garden.“It was a tangible personal link to her father and has tremendous sentimental value.“The Swedish manufacturer just said the knife was made in 1945 and they no longer had the parts – then somebody mentioned a knifeman in Sheffield.“When I approached him he said he could have made a blade for it, but as it happened he had one that was suitable.
I told him I would pay whatever it cost but he said it didn’t take him long and didn’t want any money.“His craftsmanship is unbelievable and the fact he was willing to do it just speaks volumes about him and the craft makers that are all around Sheffield – what a contrast with the makers.”When the blade was repaired Byron took Sue from where they live in Wootton, Lincolnshire, to Sheffield, saying it was a day trip to drop off some fish for a friend.
Stuart, who started working at the family business at the age of ten, was more modest.
The craftsman, of Wadsley, said: “It took a little bit of fiddling to make the blade which I fitted but it took me less than an hour.“It is just nice to see these things saved and kept in the family – it can be passed on to Sue’s children now.
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Most of these are educated guesses, based on other factors.’ and he handed the knife over to Sue.“She was overwhelmed really and just so thrilled that it had been fixed.She did well to hold back a tear.”The couple have now dubbed Stuart ‘the man of steel with a heart of gold’.I welcome new contributions, feedback and corrections.I am always interested in buying, selling and trading, one knife or an entire collection.She was then surprised with the repaired knife at Portland Works, home to more than 30 businesses making everything from tools to jewellery after campaigners united to buy and restore it.