Throughout history, it's been understood that few items are able to give such constant utility and pride to a sailor as his rigging knife. More than just another tool, a good knife is a treasured companion that reflects on the experiences, knowledge and values of its owner. And although a sailor may change boats many times over the course of a lifetime, the knife stays with him... it's a non-negotiable feature of his existence... leaving his grip only when it's time to be passed on to the next generation.
But times have changed, and it has become increasingly difficult to find knives of enduring quality that might be worthy of such inter-generational accord. Modern renditions abound, with their trendy shapes, materials and features. Whether these newer concepts will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but we know that insofar as combining the aspirations of a 21st century manufacturer to be profitable... with the aspirations of the sailor to have his gear last indefinitely... the age we live in almost always favors the manufacturer.
This is why SHIPCANVAS is proud of our association with Charles Currey, Ltd., a British company which has been manufacturing rigging knives and sheath kits since 1946. Each Currey knife is still built one-at-a-time by their small crew of skilled craftsmen in Chichester, England.
In the past 70+ years of production, absolutely nothing has changed... the Currey of 2017 is the same as the Currey of 1946. The designs are simple, honest and correct... the materials are first-rate English... the blades are hand-ground to a fine edge. And just as we at SHIPCANVAS have adamantly refused to outsource the materials and production of our seabags and ditty bags, so has Currey refused to outsource the materials or production of their knives.
"Mr. Morris: As a thrifty and somewhat knowledgeable consumer, I believe that it is my responsibility to give credit when credit is due. Sadly and all too often in our throw away society, the few "good guys" in manufacturing and retail with good products and prices, are too often lost in the background noise of mediocrity and poor value. M&B SHIPCANVAS, your business and products easily deserved the humble accolade that I wrote.. Thank you sir for your efforts. N.G."