Sharpener, knife; Skyline; [?]; CT81.1557b

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Name/Title

Sharpener, knife

About this object

Knife sharpener; a steel knife sharpener with red and white painted, wooden handle. Stamped on the side of the sharpener: "Skyline, Made in England". Impressed into the base of the sharpener is a list of registered design numbers for the product for Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Maker

Skyline

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

[?]

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England

Medium and Materials

processed material, metal;
organic, vegetal, wood

Inscription and Marks

Stamped into side of sharpener: 'Skyline / MADE IN / ENGLAND'
Impressed on base: 'REG DES NOS CAN 91/15597 / UK 848490 / SA 171/46 / AUS 24305 / NZ 5324'

Measurements

h 73mm x l 206mm x w 41mm

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, home economics, the house

Object Type

sharpener

Object number

CT81.1557b

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Comments
Dagmar 05 Apr 2014 16:13 PM,UTC

I too have one. Got it from a century old property in 1988 and it is still my go to knife sharpener. I too would love to know when it was made. Mine has a bit more paint knocked off of it.

KD 06 Jan 2014 03:27 AM,UTC

A video on how to use your sharpener.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxRNbX0LUDM

Kougiagia 10 Dec 2013 12:34 PM,UTC

@ don w hoffman & aline spriet:
To sharpen your knife, you just need to place the sharp edge in between the set of wheels (which you need to make sure are moving, if not just put a bit of oil). Pushing the knife downwards like cutting bread, move it along the wheels several times until it becomes sharp. Hope that helps! I have been using this tool for almost 50 years and it is still working perfectly!

don w hoffman 18 Nov 2013 23:49 PM,UTC

picked up a nice speciman of this Skyline sharpener @ the sally-ann (Nov.12,2013) for $.75 minus !0% (senior discount) in Victoria BC! How does it work??????

aline spriet 02 Mar 2013 11:59 AM,UTC

I have just inherited exactly the same object. Can anyone explain to me how exactly it works? I tried to put a knife in the middle but it did not seem to sharpen it. Do the metal wheels have to turn? Thank you

Wanda Duarte 05 Dec 2012 06:04 AM,UTC

I bot a sharpener just like this at an auction sale in Brazil. I have used and used it and was wishing to find more to buy and give as gifts. Imagine my surprise to find its old enuf to be in a museum!! There is very little paint scratched off it. I have told many of my friends I wouldn't trade this sharpener for $100. Would be so interesting to know what year this one I have is made.

Wanda Duarte 05 Dec 2012 06:03 AM,UTC

I bot a sharpener just like this at an auction sale in Brazil. I have used and used it and was wishing to find more to buy and give as gifts. Imagine my surprise to find its old enuf to be in a museum!! There is very little paint scratched off it. I have told many of my friends I wouldn't trade this sharpener for $100. Would be so interesting to know what year this one I have is made.

S A JARIWALA 17 Jun 2012 05:02 AM,UTC

Hi, I have this shaper since 1979,it is still as good.a perfect tool.i got in London Woolwoth stores.

Jen 20 Jan 2012 05:20 AM,UTC

What would a sharpener like this be worth? Is it very valuable?

Donna Marie 19 Nov 2010 01:20 AM,UTC

I just purchased this knife sharpener in an antique shop in Michigan, USA. It is in really good shape. The handle is painted wood, not plastic.

Josee Bilodeau 19 Aug 2010 21:53 PM,UTC

good day , im Josee today i went to my mothers place and had to bring some stuff that my holder brother wanted to trow away , wen i start looking at the stuff i saw this thing that i remember my dad work with it for knife, wen i was young . remind me good old days. i decide to bring it home . and now i just found its in the Museum so cool! ...im in Quebec , Canada! ...

Marc Pfeiffer 11 Aug 2010 08:28 AM,UTC

I also got one of those,
my grandma gave to my mother an she gave it to me. Iám still using it.
The metalwork is in very good condition, but the handle is missing.

Marc Pfeiffer
Glückstadt, SH, Germany

John Dorn 25 Jun 2010 22:09 PM,UTC

Hi: I have one of these in much better shape. The handle on mine is painted wood, and I would suggest yours is as well.
John Dorn
Summerland, BC, Canada

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