Thanks for the heads up. Seems there were dozens of Sheffield tool makers back in the day. In the US, many of those old names rarely raise above the noise of the crowd on ebay. Since you brought it up, I did a search on said "James Howarth". Per TheBestThings.com, Howarth was "the Rolls of Sheffield edge tool makers." Could you enlighten us as to how J.H. got this reputation? Better steel, better processes, thicker irons, better handles? What books would you recommend for studying the history and value of old Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh iron? Any websites you'd recommend?
As a recent convert to old tools, I'm amazed by my recently purchased Mathieson smoother. 100 years old, the mouth is still tight, and the shavings are whisper thin.
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