Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association



Testing and Technical Consultancy Services

For cutlery, flatware, silverware, knives, blades, razors, cookware, hand tools, surgical instruments, kitchen gadgets, industrial knives and blades, garden tools, metallic household fittings

Testing Machinery and Equipment

for sharpness, cutting performance, cutting edge geometry, corrosion, strength, safety and durability measurements

Knife and Blade Sharpening Machines

for commercial, industrial and domestic sharpening of all types of knives and blades

60 years of Cutlery Research

Originally the Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association, founded in Sheffield, England in 1952 to carry out research and development for the local cutlery industry for which Sheffield is world famous. Specialising in co-operative investigations into materials, stainless steels, manufacturing methods, machinery, automation, robotics, product and performance testing, the association has amassed a wealth of specialised technical knowledge.Today team of 18 qualified and experienced engineers and scientists who work in fully equipped purpose built laboratories, can provide you with a technical solution to your problems. All of CATRA’s services and facilities are available on an independent and confidential basis to clients Worldwide on a fee-paying basis.

These include:

  • Research and Development
  • Product Testing
  • Technical Consultancy
  • Production & Test Machine Manufacture
  • Machine Design
  • Material Testing
  • Failure Investigations
  • Product Design

Please contact us by phone or e-mail for our latest brochure and prices.

Telephone: +44 (0)114 276 9736

Fax: +44 (0)114 272 2151

Henry Street,


S3 7EQ,

United Kingdom