In 1964 a US market survey showed that 80% of Americans didn’t know how to sharpen a knife. ‘Aha!’ thought Dennis Jackson, a design engineer for Wiltshire Cutlery in Melbourne, ‘a knife that sharpens itself is the answer!’ In an instant he had identified a whole new range of products with an advantage over any blade ever sold before.
Stuart Devlin AO designed the first distinctive wall mounted scabbard.
Peter Bayly, one of Melbourne’s pioneering industrial design consultants, designed the classic 70s range for Staysharp which was awarded the Prince Phillip Prize and Good Design selection.
Wiltshire Staysharp Knife MK1 - Designed by Stuart Devlin featured in BlackBOX - Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia.
Text and imges from BlackBOX Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia. Published May 2015. Copyright Ian Wong.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the proper permission in writing from Ian Wong.