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Of the two dozen principal sword cutlers in England supplying Swords in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, only Crisp and Sons remain.

Sword making is a highly traditional craft and the basic processes have changed very little in the last hundred years. The trade of the cutler, like all highly developed manufacturing businesses, had many branches. The Bladesmiths made the blades. Hilts were the specialty of the Hilter or Silversmith, the complicated silver/wire bound service handles was a secret of the Handle binder and the wooden scabbard bodies were made by skilled cabinet makers.

Crisp and Sons, as Wilkinson before them, continue the tradition of bringing under one roof many of the trades and experts still employed in the production of our swords today.

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