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In tbe Stafford cutlery trade an extraordinary state of affairs- has arisen. The whole trade may be said to foe under control, in effect, if not nominally, #3 every manufacturer is under strict orders-^-^ , rather a command—from the untboritjes to give a first consideration to the needs of top military. Tfcere is no possibility pj this command being e?aded without grave consequences to the effender. It baa been calculated that the requirementa for the next eight months equal the total output of Bbeffieia and Birmingham for the period named. Spoons, forks, knives and razors are being bought for the

anuiea from America and hweden, but even with this relief makers here will not be able to supply muoh to the public Indeed, a famine in ordfnary cutlery is almost a certainty. Already makers are discontinuing the production of many familiar patterns of pocket-knives, because the men who put them together are fully occupied on Government patterns. Scarcely any of the cheaper goods are now being made. With regard to the very small (if any) margin of output left after the Government netfds have been met, it is suggested that for economic reasons this should be applied to the maintenance of ordinary export trade It seems, therefore, that so long as the war lasts, the British public will have to do without cutlery, or make shift with what they posaess. Army table knives are no longer confined to the solid handle variety. So vast is the number required tbat it is necessary to bring in every class of work people and plant, and consequently knives bafoed in a fibrous substance are being accepted These are quickly and cheaply mad*.. Many millions of the above mentioned cutlery articles are on order at the present time. Makers of spoons are hampered by a dearth of nickel, as well as by made quate facilities for rolling. A con siderable amount of machinery is being put down in the cutlery factories with the object of supplementing hand labour and expediting cutlery.— "Sheffield Daily Telegraph."

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WAR AND THE CUTLERY TRADE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3534, 7 April 1916

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WAR AND THE CUTLERY TRADE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3534, 7 April 1916

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