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    Rob Sorby sheep shears

    I know this is not a knife, but I bought this pair of sheep shears a couple of days ago from a small antique shop.

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    I have been told on BCUK that it's quite an unusual shape, and I am interested to find out a bit more about it. The stamp on each blade says Rob Sorby, Warranted, Sheffield, with what looks like a Kangaroo next to it.

    I know there is a Sorby that still make carving chisels and knives.

    I was wondering if anyone here knows somethin g about it, such as how old it might be?

    It is still quite sharp, I have cut some paper easily with it, and thatss's before I sharpen it! I had thought of making two knives with it, but I have changed my mind, I like it as it is!

    I can post some more pics if needed.

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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    A Really nice pair of shears! I have collected a couple of different makes and patterns (it's easy here in Oz!) but I have never seen the reversed spring on any other pattern. I can see the advantages of manufacturing shears with the "reversed" spring bow as the rivets are so accessable. B and B in Sheffield and possibly a couple of other companies still make hand shears but they don't hold the place in society that they once did so I think they are well worth collecting. Thanks for showing.
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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    In 19th century Australia, "sorbies" (sorbys, sawbees) was a colloquial term for a pair of sheep shears!
    Hence the line from the refrain from a popular folk song of the time - "The Ryebuck Shearer"
    "I'll never pick up sawbees, or stike another blow,
    'till I prove I'm a ryebuck shearer"

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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    Quote Originally Posted by watervole1 View Post
    I know this is not a knife, but I bought this pair of sheep shears a couple of days ago from a small antique shop.

    [IMG][/IMG]

    I have been told on BCUK that it's quite an unusual shape, and I am interested to find out a bit more about it. The stamp on each blade says Rob Sorby, Warranted, Sheffield, with what looks like a Kangaroo next to it.

    I know there is a Sorby that still make carving chisels and knives.

    I was wondering if anyone here knows somethin g about it, such as how old it might be?

    It is still quite sharp, I have cut some paper easily with it, and thatss's before I sharpen it! I had thought of making two knives with it, but I have changed my mind, I like it as it is!

    I can post some more pics if needed.

    Thanks. Joel
    That is interesting.

    Wouldn't that design also make for a lighter (less powerful) spring?

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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    Those things look dangerous fella, I'm sure they could act as more than just sheep shears. Look more like sheep sack clippers to me buddy.

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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    It's a wonderful piece, intact.
    I had a chance to have a go at sheep shearing myself, in The Highlands last year.
    This amazing shepherd and dog-whisperer, Neil, was kind enough to hand me these rustic-looking shears and let me try my hand. To my surprise, they zipped through the wool like a knife through butter.
    Here's the guy:









    With the whistles around his neck, he directed a dozen sheep dogs around the field like they were on remote control. Dazzling.
    Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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    Re: Rob Sorby sheep shears

    I first came in contact with these as a young lad in the early 1950s in Melbourne Australia, my father had one (of course they were referred to as a "pair" as in scissors) that were used for trimming lawn around path and curb edges (and yes he was a bit of a neat freak). It was only much later that I realised that they were actually sheep shears. A great looking example, well done!
    Lawrie

 

 

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