Our History

Cutting & Wear was established in Sheffield by Mr Brian Russell in 1968, to supply hardfacing materials to oil & gas operations in the North Sea.

Our original product range was confined to composite rod hardfacing materials, having either cutting or wear resistant properties. Tungsten carbide tipped drills were also produced for such specialised applications as drilling reinforcement in reinforced concrete and taking sample cores from road surfaces.

Whilst we started out small, in terms of both numbers of staff and volume of business, we built a reputation for high quality and excellent customer service from the very beginning.

Mark Russell, now Chairman, joined Cutting & Wear in 1975. The increase in oil exploration and production in the North Sea led to a higher demand for our products and a drive to grow the business. This led to the move to Rotherham in 1976 into larger premises.

Following the move to Rotherham, development work commenced on the production of integral blade stabilizer bodies. This proved to be a successful addition to the company’s activities.

In 1981 we took over the adjoining factory unit and doubled our factory space.

Growth has continued, and we have now moved into a 38,000 sq ft, purpose built factory on the edge of Sheffield.

Our range of products is wide from basic hardfacing consumables through to complete tool assemblies for directional drilling. We use many innovative manufacturing processes in an environment of continuous improvement.

Our engineering resource include the latest C.N.C. equipment, backed up by digitally-based design and draughting facilities.

The export market has always been of great importance to Cutting & Wear. Over 50% of turnover is exported to more than 50 countries. Our export efforts were recognised in 1991 when we were awarded the Queens award for Export Achievement.

We gained approval for ISO 9002 in November 1993 and have continued development of our quality systems, gaining API Q1 accreditation in 1995.

The Company regularly exhibits at oilfield exhibitions at home and abroad as well as visiting its overseas markets.

Our Timeline


Sheffield Manufacturing Composite Rod


Relocated to Rotherham


Diversified into down hole tool engineering


Launch C&W’s Fishing and Milling Insert range


Engineered Andergauge variable gauge stabilizer


ISO 9000 Accredited


Received Queen’s award


Launced QuickTip hard facing system


Design & development of Hydrastab variable guage stabilzer


Established hard facing technology centre


Received API Accreditation


Engineered X-it Whipstock system


Launch TSP Xtreme diamond hardfacing


Relocated to a purpose built facility in Sheffield


Developed AVS circulation valve and AVD disconnect


Launch SuapCutt Xtreme – premium composite rod


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