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97/125/3 Knife and scabbard, and packaging examples, Wiltshire Staysharp series 400, plastic/steel/paper, Wiltshire International, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1983-1984. Click to enlarge.

Wiltshire Staysharp knife and scabbard series 400

Made by Wiltshire International in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1983-1984.

In 1964 a US market survey showed that 80% of Americans didn’t know how to sharpen a knife. This inspired Dennis Jackson, a design engineer for Wiltshire Cutlery in Melbourne, who saw an opportunity to create a knife that sharpens itself. In an instant he had identified a whole new range of products with an advantage over any blade ever sold before.

He invented a spring loaded sharpening block inside a sheath or scabbard, which sharpened the knife every time it was taken out or replaced. A num...

Summary

Object No.

97/125/3

Object Statement

Knife and scabbard, and packaging examples, Wiltshire Staysharp series 400, plastic/steel/paper, Wiltshire International, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1983-1984

Physical Description

(-1)Knife, with stainless steel blade and black plastic handle.
(-2)White plastic scabbard containing sharpening device.
(-3)Packaging, flat, for Staysharp 7 inch self-sharpening vegetable knife.
(-4)Packaging, flat, for Staysharp 8 inch self-sharpening chef's knife.

Marks

(-1)Product name engraved on blade, 'wiltshire / STAYSHARP / STAINLESS'. Manufacturing location stamped into underside of handle, 'HONG KONG'.
(-2)White paper adhesive label on side of plastic housing of scabbard, hand written in black ink, '400 SERIES / RELEASED / 1983/84'. Marked in black paint with product name, 'wiltshire / STAYSHARP'.

Dimensions

Height

48 mm

Depth

32 mm

Production

Notes

Designer unknown

Manufactured by Wiltshire International in Japan and Melbourne in 1983-1984

History

Notes

Retained as a production sample by the manufacturer until donated

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Wiltshire International, 1997

Acquisition Date

8 May 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wiltshire Staysharp knife and scabbard series 400 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 June 2019, <https://ma.as/155346>

Wikipedia

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