why this product

Pewter has been recognized since the time of ancient Egyptians as a tarnish-free, non-reactive, curiously light metal, symbolic of a cultured if not a very wealthy person. For a desk tool, pewter sure does add a bit of luster to the messy monotone of strewn white papers, and makes the whole routine of opening paper bills seem more tolerable, even something to look forward to. In Sheffield, England, a town that's been known for hundreds of years for its metalwork, this letter opener is hand forged, polished and tested for quality by the small company of pewter craftsmen.  You won't need to nurse any more paper cuts once this tool belongs to your routine.

use & care

Holding it firm and steady like a sword that will end the battle, slide through the top crease of the envelope.  Letter openers can be especially sharp, so be careful with the blade. Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech did not end with a pretend, yet dramatic, death-by-letter-opener scene for nothing. 

production & design

The manufacturer of this letter opener started out in 1949 as an independent pewter craftsman, making his own pieces in his own home and selling them out of his suitcase. 60 years later, his company is well known for their hundreds of pewter products that are first spun on a spinning lathe then assembled and polished by hand.  Sheffield, England gained an international reputation for steel production during the 19th century, and before that, in 1769, they revolutionized the manufacturing of pewter products to make them more quality and durable than they had ever been.  

about the designer

Hand Forged Pewter Letter Opener

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Polished stainless steel letter opener with touchmarked pewter handle. Easily slides through all your sealed envelopes without tearing what's inside. Hand forged in Sheffield, England, a town well known for its metalwork. (more info

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    7.5 inches long (19 cm)
    4.5 inch blade (11.5 cm)

    0.75 inches wide at base (2 cm)

    Stainless steel blade
    Pewter metal handle

    Made in
    Sheffield, England

  • Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000281981

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  • This item ships directly from Kaufmann Mercantile in Brooklyn, NY
  • Item is ready to ship in 1 - 3 Business Days. Delivery date will vary depending on your shipping address.
  • International orders may experience possible delays and take longer to arrive.
  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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