OXL knives (or rather IXL knives) are one of the most well known Sheffield steel trademark brands. George Wostenholm was the original developer and innovator for this design. He set up the George Wostenholme & Sons company, and around the year 1820, the name then got shortened. In 1826, they acquired the brand name IXL, so all IXL knives were generally believed to have been produced after 1826. The blades had a few different named markings through the next few years, generally along the lines of IXL Geo. Wostenholm, Rockingham Works, Sheffield (or Washington Works after 1848) taking us to 1885 when the markings on the blades would showcase the IXL logo, and would be along the line of George Wostenholm IXL Cutlery. In 1890, all imported goods needed to be marked with their country of origin, so the knives made before 1890 started being marked with Sheffield, England, and with some being made after being marked as simply Sheffield. The company continued to trade until around 1971, when much of the companys documents and stock were shipped to America by Bill Adams. Please review some of the exceptional IXL knives listed below.
IXL Wostenholm Military Knife - IXLJSLS IXL Wostenholm Military Knife. 12 1/4 overall. 7" steel blade with blackened finish. Full tang. Brown wood handles. Blackened finish steel guard. Brown leather belt sheath. Bulk packed."
IXL Wostenholm Bowie - IXL6054 IXL Wostenholm Bowie. 10 1/2 overall. 6" EN9 carbon steel blade with fileworked top edge. Full tang. Stag handle. Brass guard and pommel. Bulk packed. No sheath."
IXL Cutlery Box Label Assortment - IXL17 IXL Cutlery Box Label Assortment. Includes 16 different unused box top labels featuring Wostenholm Trademarks such as IXL, Tally-Ho and Christopher Johnson. Also includes 6 different size small box end labels. THese colorful and nostalgic labels make a beautiful picture frame display if desired. Wonderful decorator items as well as being a part of cutlery history. Purchased from the original George Wostenholm factory shortly before its closure.
IXL Cutlery Display Card - IXL15 IXL George Wostenholm & Sons Celebrated Cutlery Display Card. Cardboard construction. Measures 6 wide x 8 1/2 high. Beige color with black trim. THese were probably intended to lay in display case with knives to lay on top. Excellent condition. Wonderful decorator items as well as being a part of cutlery history. Purchased from the original George Wostenholm factory shortly before its closure.
IXL Stainless Cutlery Display Card - IXL14 IXL Stainless Cutlery Display Card. Cardboard construction. Measures 5 3/4 wide x 10 1/2 high. White with attractive green, gold, red, purple and black trim. These were probably intended to lay in display cases with knives to lay on top. Excellent condition. Wonderful decorator items as well as being a part of cutlery history. Purchased from the original George Wostenholm factory shortly before its closure.