Thomas Flinn & Co Ltd – celebrating 100 years of manufacturing (1923-2023)

Thomas Flinn & Co Ltd is the UK’s only traditional saw manufacturer and this year – 2023 – sees the company celebrating its centenary. Founded in 1923, Thomas Flinn was a sawmaker in a city synonymous with steel and its by-products. Sheffield quality is world renowned and in the early days, there was lots of manufacturing of items with cutting edges dotted all around the city - as many as 70 sawmaking companies, perhaps.


A family business

Frank Ellis was Thomas Flinn’s apprentice and purchased the business from him in 1936, and since then, it's been in the Ellis family, with generations two, three and four all having roles. During this time, however, the company has had to evolve to ensure survival with the focus now being on premium sawmaking having purchased many of Sheffield’s old saw brands and continuing these.


Renowned brands & expanding ranges

The PAX brand, established in 1776, is one of the most well-known, and the Garlick Saw Company – Lynx brand – was founded in 1858. Over time, modern technology has been utilised to assist in the continuity of production but the entire saw range still involves many skilled elements and hand work to ensure all are made with precision and care. A premium quality saw such as this means it can be re-sharpened and, treated with care, will last a lifetime. Thomas Flinn also purchased Clifton planes in 2014 and added this premium line to its range.


Export & online sales

Many of the tools are exported, with more than 50% of goods being shipped worldwide to various retailers. The company also has an online platform, which as well as allowing customers to buy products, also allows them to sell some of the more niche items they manufacture. The reputation of high quality reaches far and wide and customers truly appreciate these tools, which are made by craftsmen who've learned their trade from previous generations.

Thomas Flinn & Co Ltd aims to continue manufacturing only the finest saws and hand planes and champion the 'Made in Britain' message. For further information, call 0114 272 5387, email [email protected] or visit