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Henry Knight sold his tin opener patent to Crosse and Blackwell who brought it into common use.

Henry Knight had several patents to his name, including a horse clipping machine and an automatic weighing machine. However, he is most well-known for his tin opener.

Canned food had been around long before Knight invented his opener.

The process of preserving food in wrought iron cans was developed early in the 19th century. Opening the cans involved a hammer and chisel. By the middle of the 19th century lighter materials created the opportunity for a tin opening device.

Henry patented his tin opener in 1881. He sold the patent for his tin opener to Crosse and Blackwell who brought it into common use.

Owned Union Street Arcade
A member of Ryde Borough Council, Knight described himself as an importer of Italian sculpture and owned the 'Arcade' in Union Street, Ryde.

He had several patents to his name, including a horse clipping machine and an automatic weighing machine.

He earned little from his inventions and was declared bankrupt in 1890.

Henry Knight died in 1895.

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You can find out more about Henry Knight at the Museum of Island History exhibition from 2nd January-30th June 2018.

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You can find out more about Henry Knight at the Museum of Island History exhibition from 2nd January-30th June 2018.

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Henry Knight's tin opener

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