Craftsman uses Sheffield steel in latest business venture

UKSE funding supports Yorkshire entrepreneur’s unique business launch

Specialist cutler Kevin Sandham-Mulholland has recently established a new knife retail business called Dearne Forge.

Selling unique one-of-a-kind knives, the business provides bespoke products that are made to customers’ exact requirements from its workshop in Rotherham’s Wath upon Dearne.

Having a background in the Royal Marines and as a scout leader, Kevin began his metalwork career as a hobby three years ago. He now specialises in the production of bush craft knives, forging the blade from Sheffield steel and hand-crafting the handle and leather scabbard.

Receiving kickstart grant funding from UKSE – a business that invests in steel areas in the UK – Dearne Forge has been able to purchase a professional grinder and hand-tools that will mean it can better refine products.

The service currently includes the delivery of products in a personalised wooden box to match the knife and add to the high-quality feel of the items.

Kevin Sandham-Mulholland commented: “Since setting-up the business I have had numerous requests from customers from throughout the Yorkshire region, I even got asked to produce a hand-crafted meat cleaver for a wedding present. Don’t worry, they are both chefs!

“I would like to thank UKSE for providing me with valuable equipment that will allow the business to produce products more efficiently and which will hopefully aid me in my ambitions to start stocking the products in independent shops in the local area.”

Alan Stanley at UKSE commented: “It’s great to see the launch of Dearne Forge, a business that has locally sourced steel at the heart of its business and providing top-quality items that have a personal touch.

“I hope the venture continues in its recent success and continues to grow in the next few years.”

UKSE also provides loan and equity finance of up to £1m to existing companies which are growing, particularly those creating jobs.

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