Viners was founded in 1901, in Sheffield by Joseph Viener and grew into the largest cutlery manufacturer in the UK. The company was acquired by Oneida in the late 20th century and finally went into administration in 2014. Under Oneida's ownership, some of the most famous Viners' designs were resurrected and brought back into production in the far east, for a short period of time. Although very similar, they do differ from the original vintage versions. The composition of the steel is different and the reverse sides of all the modern reproductions are high gloss (much cheaper to achieve than some of the original satin or brushed finishes.) In some instances, the reproduction items are thicker and heavier than the finely-crafted originals.
Although the Viners brand has recently reappeared, the products are imported from the Far East and are made under licence, using the Viners name.