Whilst the wire cutters we looked at a few weeks back were the most common pattern used by the British Empire in World War Two, other variations did exist. Tonight’s cutters are a far simpler design then the folding pair featured previously, consisting of just two metal castings hinged together in a scissors style:
Gregsteel was a trademark of ‘Gregory Steel Products’ of Melbourne who were a major manufacturer of tools for the military (both Australian and American) and were in business from c1912-1975. In 1952 they were the largest manufacturer of knives in the southern hemisphere. Unfortunately these cutters aren’t dated, but they do seem consistent with Second World War designs. The D/|\D mark stands for ‘Defence Department’ who were the Australian equivalent of the War Department in the UK. This particular design of cutter seems only to have been manufactured by this company in Australia and is another example of Empire countries increasingly looking to their own manufacturing capacity rather than relying on the mother country for all their military equipment.