It’s been a while since I’ve done a favourite things post so I thought I’d do a few.

This is a knife my grandfather gave me. It had been given to him by his father-in-law. before him and had originally belonged to “a sailor who had sailed during the days of wooden ships.” My Grandad did not know who that was – not a relative he thought.

The blade says ENCORE T.TURNER & Co BEST STEEL. It does seem to be that alright as it’s sharp enough to cut paper, even though I‘ve never sharpened it.

Through the wonders of the internet I have discovered that this dates it to the mid-1800s at the earliest.

None of which really matters – it’s now a family heirloom having passed down four generations and will one day go to Little Boots making five.