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Here's your big opportunity knifemakers !!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 30, 2018. 1 Reply


Sharpening ceramic knives.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Bamford Mar 3, 2018. 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 D ale Oct 11, 2019. 64 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


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"I cut myself often DLKG sort of a thing I have gotten used to now, I keep telling myself to wear those cut-proof gloves I bought but I never listen."
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"Well, there's no guard, you could cut your fingers on it pretty easily -- so maybe they have a point...?"
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"Thanks, Dale it feels really good though only had a brief try with it so far."
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"Sweet Knife, John..Do be careful, Gov states it's a dangerous weapon."
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"Yes Jan it arrived today and it is a very good knife"
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"John, I think I see in the pics that your knife has come home. I tend to agree, the older I get the less common sense I see around us"
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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 14:23 on March 30, 2020, Ralph Nelson said…

Thank you John.

At 19:22 on February 27, 2020, John L. Luzietti said…

John, thanks for the welcome. 

At 13:50 on February 11, 2020, John Clapp said…

Thanks for the welcome!  I look forward to e-meeting you good folks! John

At 19:23 on January 20, 2020, Richard M Wood said…

Thank you for the warm welcome

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At 14:58 on September 10, 2019, Ron Trammell said…

I see  you do some whittling.  Got some really nice stuff yourself. I like it.


At 14:53 on September 10, 2019, Ron Trammell said…

Thank you John for the welcome and for the compliment on my horns.  I will have more knife pictures to post when I get them taken.


At 3:53 on September 6, 2019, Herb Vergara said…

Thank you John!

At 19:40 on September 2, 2019, steven joseph boudreaux said…

Thank you John.

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Buying knives online in the UK.

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 13:39 4 Comments

For the past couple of years, I have only been buying razors, quite a few razors actually, and I have had no problem having these delivered in the mail. As I am now an impoverished pensioner I can't afford to collect knives and razors so I hadn't kept up with our new knife purchasing laws I had been aware that the legislation was changing of course but had let it slip from my mind.

This Summer I hope to be able to spend a good deal of time whittling in my shed or in the garden. My…


Razor sharpening .

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 114 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 49 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…


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