Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK – In honor of the 100th year since Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield, Charles Day (Steels) Ltd has been laser cutting stainless steel for some interesting projects around the city related to the celebrations, including knives, artwork, and jewelry. Charles Day (Steels) Ltd offers laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and HD plasma cutting.
Stuart Mitchell, an artisan knife maker based in Sheffield, who was commissioned to design and craft a run of stainless steel centennial knives (see below), came to Charles Day (Steels) to get his knife blanks laser cut. The grade of steel used was SF100, which is normally used for razor blades. Each knife was individually numbered and etched with a "100 Years of Stainless Steel" logo.
Sheffield artist Lucy Coyne contacted Charles Day (Steels) to be a sponsor of the Steel City Cascade (see above), a stainless steel sculpture to be hung from the roof of the Sheffield Winter Gardens to celebrate the 100-year anniversary. The designs, drawn by various children from different schools around Sheffield, were fiber laser cut by the company in bright annealed and patterned stainless sheet.
Sara Unwin came to Charles Day (Steels) for her "Galvanize Sheffield" stainless steel jewels project, which required 100 pieces of stainless steel, laser cut to various shapes that participating jewelers could turn into wearable items