1) A specialisation in the cutlers’ hafting process which involved the use of vices.

For example, horn scales were first heated gently, roughly shaped with a knife, then ‘placed in a die of of heated steel’ and ‘subjected to heavy pressure in a hand screw vice’. In 1690 George Harrison of Sheffield had 3 dossen plain knifes to presse and in 1818 John Bellamy was described as a scale presser.

places Sheffield
dates 1690 1818

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