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C.R Tools are leading manufacturers & stockists of special engineering tool cutters

C.R.Tools are a professional company with over 50 years Engineering and Industrial experience in tool cutters. The tool cutting Sheffield based factory is located in the United Kingdom, in a region with a proud heritage of Steel making and industrial innovation. The highly skilled workforce manufactures Involute Gear, Sprocket and Spline Cutters and has the capacity to produce Bore Type Milling Cutters to any specification; in addition a wide range of Standard Tool Cutters are manufactured and stocked.

We also offer a fully bespoke tailor made design and build service, ensuring we can produce ANY TOOL FOR ANY JOB. This coupled with a full re-grinding service makes C.R. Tools the only place to come for any Cutting Tool requirement.


All tool cutting stages are monitored and checked for accuracy and precision, using only the highest grade Steels and over 40 years of technical expertise.

C.R. Tools manufacture amongst many other Cutting Tools – Involute Gear Cutters, Spline Cutters, Side and Face Cutters, Equal and Single Angle Cutters, with the capacity to produce Bore Type Milling Tool Cutters to any specification.

Any problem you may have we can solve it. With over 40 years experience of using and making Milling Cutters for every trade and country in the world.

Telephone us on 0114 264 6799 for a friendly chat, more information on C.R. Tools, or details and ordering on any of our cutting tools listed throughout the site. Contact C.R.Tools

Melvyn Cowley

C.R. Tools is owned and run by Melvyn Cowley, our success is based on total commitment to our customers with the aim and objective to provide an inclusive tool cutting service which is second to none – from receipt of order or enquiry to delivery of the finished product.

Based in Sheffield, our factory controls all in house cutting tools preocesses from the initial drawing board and specification stage through to the finished product. Attention to detail is one of our greatest assets and our skilled workforce ensure superb quality and prompt delivery.

Our specialty is the ability to make unique one-off, or series cutters to the customers exact specification. We also offer a regrind or refurbish service – I believe we are unique and special in that respect.

Melvyn Cowley. Director at C.R Tools


The history of Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England, can be traced back to the founding of a settlement in a clearing beside the River Sheaf in the second half of the 1st millennium AD.[1] The area now known as Sheffield had seen human occupation since at least the last ice age, but significant growth in the settlements that are now incorporated into the city did not occur until the Industrial Revolution.

Following the Norman conquest of England, Sheffield Castle was built to control the Saxon settlements and Sheffield developed into a small town, no larger than Sheffield City Centre.

By the 14th century Sheffield was noted for the production of knives, and by 1600 it had become the main centre of cutlery production in England, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. In the 1740s the crucible steel process was improved by Sheffield resident Benjamin Huntsman, allowing a much better production quality.

At about the same time, the silver plating process which produced Sheffield Plate was discovered. The associated industries led to the rapid growth of Sheffield; the town was incorporated as a borough in 1843 and granted a city charter in 1893.

Sheffield remained a major industrial city throughout the first half of the 20th century, but the downturn in world trade following the 1973 oil crisis, technological improvements and economies of scale, and a wide-reaching rationalisation in steel production throughout the European Economic Community led to the closure of many of the steelworks from the early 1970s onward.

Urban and economic regeneration schemes, initiated in the late 1980s, have since transformed the city.

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Leading manufacturers & stockists of special engineering cutting tools