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MADE IN BRITAIN

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Erbswurst, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. MrEd

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    owned by the indians.

    I have a 30 year old defender, thats all british - got the solihull build number to prove it!


    anyway, kit.
    Arktis clothing, designed and made in the uk
    Ghillie kettles made in the UK (kelly kettles are made in china iirc)
    barbour
    many small craft/cottage industries - i butya lot of beekeeping stuff and thats nearly always made in the uk (although cheaper overseas (china) stuff is available.

    dunno what else
     
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  2. MrEd

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    yep they are, plenty of mountains available for field testing!!
     
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    JCB? well its not bushcraft but you can craft the bush with it:roflmao:.........
    I guess I should get me coat......
     
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  4. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Landrovers are still British imo, until production is moved.

    Not bushcraft equipment? Yes it is in a way. Many expeditions run Landrovers. No ’rover, no expedition.

    I am stumped that no factory in Sheffield make knifes anymore.
     
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    What's the definition of a factory? we've listed a few Sheffield knife making companies and a few are quite a bit more than a one-man band.
     
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  6. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Missed that. Wright and sons - yes. The other was was artisanal?
     
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    indian owned, indian steel. british in name only imo. But yeah your right, i love mine.
     
  8. Broch

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    Yep, artisan. There may be more larger ones; I don't know.

    There are a number specialist manufacturers that do sharpening steels and machine knives etc. and a few that still make cutlery so the industry is still alive just nothing like it used to be.

    What is truly sad is that, although there are plenty of tool manufacturers, I can't find any axe manufacturers - something that we had dozens of in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
     
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  9. Broch

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    To know who owns it you'd have to look at the full shareholders list - most companies are multinational now and owned by people all over the world.
     
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    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    Do you want a full on manufacturer or would individual axe makers be of any use?
     
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    Yes, I appreciate there are individuals making tools but the industry as it was a hundred plus years ago is virtually non-existent. Just look at the Spear and Jackson family tree as an example. S&J are still based in Sheffield but don't claim to make anything in the UK as far as I can tell.

    Spear & Jackson Family Tree.jpg
     
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    I’m currently looking for a well made bag of this (see link below) size and approximate function, which is designed, sourced and made in Britain, preferably by a very small outfit which sells directly via a website. Someone I can name and have a sense of connection with... and support their efforts in some small way.

    https://thehiddenwoodsmen.com/product/day-ruck-25-liter-pre-buy/

    Can anyone recommend a British small-scale bag maker?

    Thanks,

    Darryl
     
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    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    Thought it might be a manufacturer that you were after. The situation is a sad one.
     
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    I have on my 'to-do' list to have a go at making my own Duluth bag (which is what they look like). They look quite simple and I want a couple that will sit nicely in the canoe. But I can't help with a UK manufacturer, sorry.
     
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  15. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    John Fenna on this Forum has a sewing machine if you want fabric. His creations are top notch from what I have read.

    The Scottish gentleman, Hamish, aka Dreadhead, is a leather wizard.
     
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    I must say that it’s easier to buy exactly what I want from small-scale US makers and pay the expense of international shipping, VAT and bizarre PO handling fees, than it is to find the same sort of thing in Britain.
     
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    Thanks Janne. If only such information was more obvious to find. Nothing whatsoever against other makers.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    True.
    Maybe the owner of this forum could provide a list of the makes, their contact details, type of craft?
    Artisans need our support, or we all end up having to buy stuff cobbled together in North Korea.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Of course, I have nothing against North Korea. I am sure they have some quality products there too.
     
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    Errrrrrrrmmmmm...... does N Korea import or export anything?
     
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