GREGSTEEL of Australia
Gregsteel is the popular trademark used by Gregory Steel Products Pty Ltd of Melbourne, the famous Australian manufacturer of cutlery for more than 6 decades.
Jim Gregory began the business in 1912 which petered out of existence in the mid 1970’s. During the 1950’s Gregory Steel Products was the largest manufacturer of cutlery products in the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to that they were Australia’s biggest producer of military bladeware (not including bayonets) for Australian and American defence forces serving in Asia and the Pacific Ocean in World war Two.
Often taken for granted was Gregory’s wide range of mass-produced, good quality kitchen knives and trade knives that were used more or less on a daily basis. Admittedly, not as aesthetically exciting as most military and recreational type knives, but nonetheless just as useful when you need the right tool for the right job. In fact, Gregory Steel also supplied thousands of kitchen and trade knives (also tableware) for the war effort bearing the D(broad arrow)D Australian Defence Force (ADF) mark.
The Gregsteel/Gregory Steel Products Trade Mark #711548 in the Register of Trade Marks was registered by Keith Spencer (Australasian Knife Collectors –AKC) on the 26 June 1996 and has been applied previously to replications of Australian-made military type knives (Gregsteel Stiletto & Gregsteel Bowie hand-crafted by custom knifemaker Zane Darcy Shaw).
Preparing Gregsteel trade blades for re-entry into the Australian marketplace was a tedious, long-term project. No factory in this country was either prepared to or capable of manufacturing the Gregsteel patterns to the level of quality demanded and at the price required to re-launch Gregory Steel Products. Because Gregsteel trade blades could not be satisfactorily made in Australia, the next best option was to travel back along the lineage to England, Sheffield in particular.
The high carbon bladesteel had to be right, so too the blade shapes, as well as handles securely hafted in the traditional way. J Adams Ltd was the obvious choice, a long established firm with an impeccable track record for the production of trade blades. Under the tradename of J Nowill, this firm already supplies AKC MAILORDER with trade-type Aussie Rabbiter’s Kits & Bushman’s Kits and Australian Bushknives; faithfully reproduced old practical patterns popularized in Australia – so why not a collaboration on Gregsteel trade blades!