steel makers have a hard time of it in
competing with the Sheffield makers,
especially Messrs. Jessop and Sons, for the
finer grades of tool steel. Large orders are
continually given to the English makers at
an advance of 25 to 30 dollars a ton over
the home price in France.
Tool steel is an exceptional
commodity to manufacture. Complete uniformity and
homogeneity are essential, and these qualities are
contingent upon a care and expense required in few other
manufactures, and no doubt owing in a great degree to the
evolution of more than a century of experience.
The firm of Messrs. Jessop is
that old and their efforts to maintain the quality of their
product are proverbial. We have known a member of this firm
to come to this country, many years ago, to investigate a
fault charged against Jessop steel, by a small user in Ohio.
The investigation must have cost the profits of many years
in that case.