The Northfield Knife Shop

Interesting read.

Hidden in Plain Sight

knife shop dam

A recurring theme of this blog has been that street names have a lot to tell us.

Mill pondSuch is the case with Northfield’s Knife Shop Road.  Here, on the Humiston (or Humaston) Brook mill pond, once stood Litchfield’s largest business.

Northfield_Knife_Factory_Northfield_CT-690x405The Northfield Knife Company was established in 1858, taking advantage of the water power and access to the Naugatuck Railroad.  In the post-Civil War era the company produced over 12,000 knives per year.

000_2242It employed 120 workers, many of whom were highly trained experts from Sheffield, England, then world-renown for its excellence in steel-knife production.  (In fact, when a proposal was made in 1866 to incorporate Northfield as a separate town, one opponent argued before the state legislature that the English cutlers weren’t fit to be citizens of a town!)

The mill dam brought other businesses to Northfield as well, most prominently a feed and fertilizer mill run by Jeremiah…

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I am a prosecutor at the Ellis County and District Attorney's Office and a knife enthusiast. Currently I sharpen, repair, and make custom knives. I also make sheaths for knives. My fascination with knives has lasted a lifetime.
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