THE BRAND SURVIVES AGAIN

KEEPING THE HERITAGE ALIVE

I am fanatical about high-quality and handmade products. My kitchen is full of hand forged knives and I also support a shoemaker’s workshop near my home in Rotterdam. When you own something that’s handmade, it has a different feeling. You’re aware of the hours and effort that have gone into production and the years of skill and experience that make it possible.
THE STORY

HOOKED

When I saw ‘The Putter’, I was hooked. It was mesmerising to watch Cliff carefully prepare the scissors in each stage of assembly. I fell in love with the heritage, the quality and craftsmanship. At that time, there was a pair of cheap, mass-produced scissors in my kitchen drawer. I knew they had to be replaced with a pair from Ernest Wright, so I became a backer on Kickstarter.

Ernest Wright Antique Stork scissors

By very early into our workshop closure, we had sold out of most of the scissors in the Ernest Wright range. Orders were still coming in thick and fast, so we made the decision to continue accepting backorders, with the proviso that these might take some time to fulfil, taking into account the workshop closure and the production timescale required to make the scissors after lockdown.

THE FACTORY

When we acquired the assets of the company, there had been decades of decline and recent tragedy. The machinery was in neglect and although the workers had done all they could to keep the ship afloat, the heritage was slipping away.

To make sure that Ernest Wright continues to manufacture quality, handmade scissors, we’ve invested heavily in the workshop. By researching how to improve production, new machinery has been introduced that salutes the heritage and skill of our Putters. We’re working hard to keep the craft alive. Cliff Denton and Eric Stones, each with over 60 years worth of experience, are currently passing on their knowledge to new apprentices.

Ernest Wright scissors on workbench
Ernest Wright staff group photograph

Taking over Ernest Wright is an unusual acquisition. The company has history and a living, breathing name. We’ve shared our plan with the Wright family and it’s been a huge comfort to have their support and to know that we’re doing the right thing.

We continue with the positive direction started by Nick Wright and as handmade scissor enthusiasts, Jan Bart and I are thrilled to be part of the story.

Ernest Wright remains alive in the city of Sheffield. Our goal is to build a brand that stands on its own two feet allowing the craft of handmade scissors to continue into the next century.

Paul Jacobs

Co-owner Ernest Wright

STORIES FROM ERNEST WRIGHT
Ernest Wright Kutrite presentation box

The Kutrite is coming back!

After four years of talking about this lost pattern, and more than two years working on it ourselves, we can finally announce that the Kutrite is coming back!

READ MORE
Putter at work

Fulfilling backorders

Let us start by saying we’re astounded at the support our customers have given us during this most complicated of summers.  Despite long wait times …

READ MORE
Ernest Wight workshop Sheffield

Your Support

Our youngsters are all fine crafsmen in their own right, some of them with several years’ experience, and they did a great job. Nonetheless, the …

READ MORE
Ruby Fox artist installation

Making Something Magical

Ruby Fox creates out-of-the-ordinary experiences for shoppers, theatre-lovers and festival-goers through her installation art. We spoke to Fox about how she crafts weird and wonderful microcosms from a studio, here in Sheffield…

READ MORE
Kutrite scissor on presentation box

Bringing back the Kutrite

Over the last year, we’ve been awaiting the right opportunity to bring back a classic kitchen scissor, the Kutrite. Now, a breakthrough is near. Ernest Wright has teamed up with a tool and die specialist who shares our vision…

READ MORE
Ernest Wright historic image

Looking after your scissors

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LOOK AFTER MY SCISSORS? Always store scissors dry, and maybe keep them wrapped in some clean-dry absorbent material. We …

READ MORE
English Utopia tailored jacket

Time-honoured quality

Gary Newbold is a designer who has travelled the world in search of the best fabric. After working with top names like Barbour and Ralph Lauren, Gary now focuses on his own luxury brand – English Utopia…

READ MORE
Ragsto salvaged materials

Transforming ‘junk’ into high-end bags

Millions of tonnes of waste are sent to landfill each year. But what if we could turn that junk into useful, everyday items? That’s the mission of Neil Wragg, founder of Ragsto and resident artisan on BBC1’s Money for Nothing.

READ MORE
Ernest Wright historic image

HCA: Supporting crafts to thrive

Craft heritage is the activity of using traditional materials and knowledge to practice a craft and continue it for successive generations. They emerge from a …

READ MORE