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15 Nov, 2017



Michael May never wanted to be a knife maker.

After leaving music college he ended up working in cutlery factory, as was the family tradition. After working in various departments he ended up in the pen and pocket workshop where he remained for three years before leaving to study history at university.

Two degrees later he was back making knives. Under Keith Moorby,  Michael learned how to make knives to the highest standard, and it was then he realised that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Over the years, more and more people would ask Michael to make a knife for them as they were impressed at the high level of craftsmanship. He found a workshop at the historic Portland Works, where Harry Brearley developed stainless steel for the use of cutlery over 100 years ago. When it was time for respected knife maker and well know Sheffield character Trevor Ablett retired, Michael bought all his tools, continuing his work and following his traditional patterns that Sheffield is famous for. Each knife Michael makes is crafted to the highest standard, and can quite literally be made with his blood, sweat, and tears.

Since learning his trade, Michael feels a responsibility to continue with the skills and crafts that made Sheffield famous.

Now Michael is a knife maker and couldn't imagine doing anything else, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to The Good Life Experience.

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