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Online knife purchases to be banned in the UK.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 6. 20 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. 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 Jul 13. 22 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

Canada is going the same way as the UK !

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Scheuerman (Manx) Nov 8, 2016. 6 Replies

This guy got fined for having a Sgian Dubh whilst wearing full Highland Dress !!!…Continue


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"Shame it's cracked, Mike it is a great looking knife."
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"You are right Dale practice is needed and I don't mind doing that practice as I have a guaranteed method of getting a good edge from the "Science of sharp" blog. That gives me the ability to play around with other stones and methods…"
D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"I just checked their pricing on-line  ..indeed.. they can be a bit on the pricey side. ..but.. mind the old adage "practice makes perfect" . . John .. I've taken apart more knives than I've ever assembled .. to obtain the…"
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"The new sharpening stone I bought as a birthday gift for myself has been given a good testing today. I would like to say it is just the best thing that I have ever used, however, I feel that a little more practice is required to get the best out of…"
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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 19:07 on October 12, 2017, Jan Carter said…

At 13:16 on October 10, 2017, Mark Gibbs said…

Thanks for the welcome to IKC.

At 8:36 on October 7, 2017, Jerrod Leffler said…

Thanks for all of the welcome messages!

At 17:29 on September 11, 2017, Cinder Phillips said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 5:49 on July 16, 2017, Joseph Sapian said…
Thank you!
At 5:10 on July 10, 2017, Paul S said…

Great razors and beautiful scenics- it must be an interesting life.

At 12:25 on July 2, 2017, Jan Carter said…

I have learned so much through you friendship here John!  

Thank you for being here with us.  Participation makes us grow and we appreciate all you do!

At 16:13 on July 1, 2017, J.J. Smith III said…

At 16:23 on June 21, 2017, George Humphrey said…
Thanks John and looking forward to the exposure to a vast group of knowledge.
At 13:20 on June 10, 2017, Capt Paul S said…

Thank you John. I will try to figure out how to load some photos and contribute to the group.

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John Bamford's Blog

Razor sharpening .

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 66 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 35 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 10 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 13:52 157 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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