This is a very practical Boy Scout, Hunter or Wilderness Belt Set dating to
The hatchet is a Brades Criterion Model 378 in size No.1.
William Hunt established his Brades Estate Foundry at Oldbury near Birmingham
in about 1782 forging quality farm & garden tools & soon became the premier
maker in the west of England.
In 1951 the company amalgamated with Nash & Tyzack to form Brades Nash Tyzack
Industries. In 1962 they became part of the Spear & Jackson Tool Company who in
1967 also acquired Edward Elwell Ltd. S&J became part of the Neill Tools Group
in 1985 based in Sheffield, who still own the brand today.
The high carbon tool steel Canadian bit head is 12cm poll to edge with a 7cm
It has been carefully cleaned & restored & has a good edge with no chips or
cracks. Faint, worn stamp for Made in England & No.1.
The handle is an English pattern in best hickory which I fitted myself to
replace the rotted original. 355cm or 14” full length. 655g or 1lb 7oz weight.
The bespoke case is in heavy saddle leather with carved oak spacers, copper
rivets & secure press stud fastenings. Fully stitched with waxed linen thread &
two riveted belt loops. Stamped Made in England.
The Knife is a 25.5cm or 9” Fixed Blade Clip Point made by John Nowill & Sons
at the Trimills Works, London Road, Sheffield.
Nowill were the oldest continually established knife makers in Sheffield,
being granted the *D & Crossed Keys trade marks in 1700. They made the finest
hunting & skinning knives available at the time.
The Nowill name & trade marks were bought by Jack Adams Ltd in the 1970s.
The 13cm blade is carbon tool steel with a brass stop bar & laminated leather
& brass bolsters around a stag antler handle. It has a full length tensioned
tang set into an aluminium pommel.
23cm long. 125g weight.
In superb condition with just light signs of wear as shown.
The matching leather sheath is stitched to the hatchet case & has a press stud
retention strap, steel rivets & waxed linen thread.
Both pieces were favoured tools of the Boy Scout movement if one could afford
It would be perfect for Scouting & Guiding, camping, bushcraft, hunting,
wilderness hiking or Period reenactments. You would be hard pressed to find a
better pack or belt set of this period.
Set weight 970g or 2lb 2oz. Please have a good look at all the photos &
message me with any questions.
For sale to persons aged 21 & over. Proof of age may be required. Not sold as
or intended for use as weapons.
Shipping is Tracked/Insured only. Please refer to the listed rates.
(Archive photos courtesy of Grace’s Guide with many thanks).