Fernite of Sheffield, #1 industrial blade manufacturer including tipped blades

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Joseph Fearnehough - Founder of Fernite of Sheffield Ltd
Industrial Machine Knife Manufacturer, Fernite of Sheffield

Fernite's Heritage

Fernite have manufactured quality knives in Sheffield for almost 200 years

The contemporary Fernite brand is built on a historic legacy of Sheffield steel excellence. The name derives from its founder, Joseph Fearnehough who established Joseph Fearnehough and Sons Ltd in 1832.

The earliest reference to Sheffield’s involvement in crafting blades and cutlery comes from 1297 when the town received its charter. Our impressive reputation continued to flourish in the centuries that followed.

Sheffield became world famous for its steel production and manufacturing – with the city’s knife industry at the heart of its success.

The Evolution of Fernite

The company that is now Fernite of Sheffield, evolved through a number of changes during the 20th Century. Giving its name to the ‘Fernite’ trademark which came to represent true Sheffield quality in machine knives. 

In 1969, the company moved to its Coleford Road site in Darnall, Sheffield, replacing the old company name in 1996 with the Fernite brand. Eventually moving to our purpose built manufacturing facility in Orgreave, Sheffield, in October 2021.

Recent years have seen Fernite invest significantly in both its workforce and the very latest technology. This has allowed the business to grow its Blade Development Service, manufacturing bespoke and highly specialised products to meet customers’ specific requirements.

Fernite’s factory has been comprehensively upgraded to expand manufacturing capabilities and improve efficiency. The company has invested in the latest advanced manufacturing technology, including precision grinding and milling machinery, plus CAD/CAM systems and state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment.

This investment in technology has been matched by investment in Fernite’s team. Our highly skilled technical team has been expanded in recent years, and the business offers apprenticeship schemes in conjunction with some of our region’s top universities and colleges.  

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Fernite have achieved ISO9001:2015 certification – the internationally recognised standard for quality management, guaranteeing a high quality product every time. The company is also licensed to use the ‘Made in Sheffield’ marque, recognised worldwide as a symbol of quality and prestige. 

Fernite is proud that it continues to represent the best of our region’s manufacturing heritage while playing a key role in its future, as a world-leading manufacturing business harnessing technology and expertise to improve our customers’ production processes.