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John Bamford's Discussions

Sharpening ceramic knives.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Bamford Mar 3. 7 Replies

I seem to remember discussions in the past around the question of sharpening ceramic bladed knives. I have been under the impression that this was a hopeless task and not really worth the effort. Now…Continue

Online knife purchases to be banned in the UK.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 11. 26 Replies

Measures that may be brought in later in the year mean that although we will be able to buy knives online they will need to be collected from the retailer personally?Now I haven't bought a knife from…Continue

Trevor Abletts tools are back in use .

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 15, 2017. 7 Replies

Just seen an article in a newspaper about a young man who is using the late Trevor Ablett's tools to make pocket knives in Sheffield.…Continue

Diamond sharpening.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Bamford Apr 14. 23 Replies

I recently bought a diamond plate to flatten sharpening stones. This was bought from Aliexpress in China. The plate worked fine so I sent for three tubs of diamond paste to assist in sharpening…Continue


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"Just had to come back and look at that again it's magnificent !!"
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Apr 16
John Bamford commented on Ellis H. Roberson's photo

SANY0390 (1)

"I always liked those and this one looks to have lived a little."
Apr 15
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's photo

Sketch in Ivy.

"It really is good stuff to play around with you just have to remember to put it away to dry for a week or so after the first bit of work is done. When it has dried a little, with very little splitting, you can do the more detailed work. I call…"
Apr 15
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's photo

Sketch of a hand in Ivy.

"Thanks, DLKG ."
Apr 15

dead_left_knife_guy commented on John Bamford's photo

Sketch in Ivy.

"Still, quite well done.  And thank you for the idea of using ivy -- haven't tried it yet, but plan to at some point in the future..."
Apr 14

dead_left_knife_guy commented on John Bamford's photo

Sketch of a hand in Ivy.

"I've been around art & artists for decades, but it's still difficult for me to think of something as well executed as this hand carving as a "sketch"!  That's just incredible..."
Apr 14
John Bamford replied to John Bamford's discussion Ivy for whittling? in the group Whittling / Carving knives
"Thanks, JJ."
Apr 14
J.J. Smith III replied to John Bamford's discussion Ivy for whittling? in the group Whittling / Carving knives
"It looks great, John. I've been known to tell folks they you've gotta know when to stop.  Seems to me you've stopped at the right place."
Apr 14
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Apr 14
John Bamford replied to John Bamford's discussion Diamond sharpening.
"I have been very impressed with all the diamond sharpening equipment that I have bought from Aliexpress.  The next purchase, just ordered tonight, is a 400/1000 combination stone. Mostly for flattening my water stones but I am sure it will…"
Apr 14

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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
How long have you collected knives?
51 to 55 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
About Me
I have been a keen collector of knives for as long as I can remember. The reason I don't have so many is a talent for losing knives, I like to use them and seem to lose them, good for knife makers profits .
Collecting slipjoints , learning about knife sharpening and boy am I looking forward to retirement !!
Other Hobbies
Holiday's in Scotland mostly.

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At 20:44 on April 21, 2018, John Howard said…

Thanks John

At 20:33 on April 1, 2018, J.J. Smith III said…

At 13:31 on March 30, 2018, Rudolf Waurich said…

Thank you!


At 13:24 on January 13, 2018, Lewis E.Ward said…

Thank you.

At 4:43 on December 3, 2017, John Ward said…

Thanks for the welcome. 

I used to collect knives from the days when eBAY was selling them and over the years have added to them from antique shops etc. All of my knives are from Sheffield and there are 200  or 300. I would like to reduce the number a little and would like to sell some of them. This site does not seem to be my answer to do this and  appears to be very complicated to use. Do you know any other sites that I could try please.




At 14:51 on November 29, 2017, Aebelskiver said…

Thank you, John, for your kind message. Much appreciated.

At 11:33 on November 24, 2017, Bill Perlman said…

Thanks and glad to be here. After many years of buying and selling knives, Ive finally decided to learn something about them, and how to clean, protect and preserve them.

I was fascinated by a quite long and comtentious list of comments back from 2010 and 2011 on differing thought on cleaning blades, or not. It was interesting but left me with no clear answer.

I have tried to remove black crud from blades, especially when the maker's name is not readable, but I've always used non-abrasive materials. WD-40 and Nevr-dull are my main ones.

Do you have any opinion on approach to dirt and rust?

At 14:45 on November 10, 2017, Alfredo said…

Thanks John!

At 12:56 on November 7, 2017,
Angel Bichev

Thank you, John!

At 23:23 on November 5, 2017, Harry Meyer said…

Thank you for the welcome John.

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John Bamford's Blog

Razor sharpening .

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 69 Comments

A shortish blog on sharpening straight razors. It will be short because I know little enough , though I have learned enough to be able to get the job done . Maybe I can return to this in future when I have more information but for the present it will be brief .

1 . If you want to learn to shave using a straight razor the most effective way is to buy a new razor from a dealer who is known for sharpening their razors before sending them out . Buy a strop at the same time , not a…


A collection of straight razors , I guess !

Posted on September 10, 2016 at 10:16 39 Comments

I feel that I have to admit that I am becoming a collector , this may sound strange as I am writing this on i Knife Collector and this is ...well the place for collectors .

I have never really collected anything before , in the past I have always had a pocket knife and sometimes two or maybe three but never anymore than that.  I have had knives since I was eight or nine , something like that anyway and I can hardly remember a time when I didn't look in shop windows at knives . When I…


Plain or Fancy ?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 7:30 9 Comments

I like a great looking knife , I really do .

Just as with most people a fancy set of handle scales or a little damascus really get's my attention . I have one or two knives that are very attractive and I wouldn't part with them for any reason , but I pick up and carry the same few knives all the time . With the greatest respect to the talented guys who have designed my users they do have one thing in common , they are Plain !

I never really thought of this until I started…


Going back in time .

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 13:52 161 Comments

Well I am starting this blog to record my return to an older type of shaving . Like most of us I at present use the ubiquitous supermarket disposable razors , and have done so for , well I don't really know how long . When did these disposable and cartridge type of razors come about ? I guess I have been shaving regularly since I was around 16 which ,as I was born in 1953 , make it around 1969 when I started . I have a memory a very faint one I admit , to having a razor that twisted to open…


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