One True Maverick – Vodka

Written on: Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Vodka

A tri blend vodka, distilled at The Thames Distillers, London. James has been working on this blend for 3 years, refining, sampling and sense checking with top hotels and exclusive bars across London – enjoying fantastic feedback. James is now happy with the result, production commencing next month. We will be sending out 30 limited edition bottles across the globe to selected bars, hotels and mixology ambassadors.

The Maverick blade

Steel with a story.

In 1913 the world was on the brink of war, battlefields of course were a different thing back then and the big steel producing nations charged their metallurgists with creating a weapons grade steel that would not rust, rust and gun barrels is not a good mixture…

First to the rustless goal was Sheffield lad Harry Brearley, working in his laboratory at Firth and Brown Research, this later became Firth Brown Steels. He took his findings upstairs and what became apparent was that the grade of steel, although rustless (the name that pre dates stainless) was not suitable, at all, for gun barrels, this in mind his bosses saw no commercial merit in the newly discovered material and decided not to progress it in that grade, Harry was told to take it away and keep at it… Nah, thinks Harry, this is good gear and has to have a use, so with his own money he bought a quantity from Firth Browns and looked around for someone to experiment with actually making something from it, quick on the uptake of that was a fella named Ernest Stuart, he was the works manager at RF Mosley’s cutlery works, that cutlery works was Portland Works, purpose built by Mosley and one of the first purpose cutlery works in Sheffield, it is also the last one still standing that houses workspace and the making of things and it is the works where my family business is based, Portland Works is the only place I have ever worked and have done so since 1980…

All this in mind of course in the year 2013 I felt compelled to produce a limited edition (100 of course) Harry Brearley Centenary knives, also at this time, because it was the Centenary of the discovery of stainless steel I was doing a bit of work for Outokumpu, THE makers of stainless steel, the commissioned a couple of pieces of my work for their Harry Brearley centre…

Anyway, I approached them with a proposal, they liked it and agreed, in August 2013, exactly 100 years to the month after Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel in Sheffield, they made me some SF100 grade steel, in Sheffield…

Taking shape, the beauty of hand beaten metal…

So it begins, one of the finest knife makers in the United Kingdom is already hard at work following our design wishes to a tee, our intent is to deliver a true all round blade and we have had consultation from a couple of the UK’s Michelin star chefs who have offered their support throughout the project.

The Maverick blade will be available to order as a limited (hand numbered) edition. We will post details shortly.