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Razor sharpening .

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…


Added by John Bamford on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 — 114 Comments

A collection of straight razors , I guess !

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…


Added by John Bamford on September 10, 2016 at 10:16 — 49 Comments

Plain or Fancy ?

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…


Added by John Bamford on June 16, 2016 at 7:30 — 9 Comments

Going back in time .

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…


Added by John Bamford on February 3, 2016 at 13:52 — 161 Comments

Angle Cube .

Well my angle cube arrived on Saturday ,or in this case to be more accurate it is a "Bevel Box" same thing as far as I know .

First chance to play with it tonight . First impressions , it's very reassuring to be able to be really accurate with the angles . I think the marks on the Edge Pro are best used as a Guide and of course my stones are now getting a little wear…


Added by John Bamford on May 18, 2015 at 13:31 — 10 Comments

Blockade runners .

An exhibition in Glasgow about the American Civil War , may be of interest !


Added by John Bamford on April 27, 2015 at 15:15 — 5 Comments

Gentlemen's knives by Stefan Schmalhaus .

As I guess a lot of folks will have seen that Stefan brought out a knife book, last year I think . The problem for most of us is that it is only available in German . In this link a fellow knife reviewer MrDagon007 review's the book and presents a selection of the knives. I can say that I have enjoyed the video a lot and of course it is in English !…


Added by John Bamford on April 6, 2015 at 13:51 — 6 Comments

Fallkniven U1

My first Fallkniven arrived today three weeks after ordering , I start to worry when it gets above two weeks ! This is not a complaint about USPS as they managed to ship the knife 5,000 miles from Detroit Lakes to London in around six days. Our post office in the UK took fourteen days to cover 154 miles , which I could drive in around 3/4 hours even with London's traffic. Rant over so about the knife .

It is as I am sure you are aware a slipjoint , the only Falkniven without a blade…


Added by John Bamford on March 14, 2015 at 11:23 — 18 Comments

Larger Sharp things

I guess most of us tend to have some sort of interest in other sharp things , swords etc.  I have just been looking at an impressive web site called myArmoury.com . I went there initially to look at information about the hardness of steel in old swords . I thought maybe some folks here might like to have a look .  Maybe if it is of interest then Jan or Steve may wish to put this post in a different area ?…


Added by John Bamford on December 10, 2014 at 3:00 — No Comments

Why Queen

I was going to say that I have been sorting out which knives to take to Scotland with me next week.

It isn't strictly true though because I know right away which knives it will be. I have no great need for a handful of knives on this trip, in the past I only rarely had more than one knife at a time. Now I am a collector I have more than enough ,with a GEC viper being…


Added by John Bamford on August 31, 2014 at 11:48 — 2 Comments

The Viper has struck.

I saw the production schedule on GEC's website yesterday. I had told myself ,sternly , that I would resist for a while.

Then I got to thinking that I haven't got a knife in 440c and that ,oh well you know the story by now.

So I now have a GEC #47 Viper on order with antique amber scales.

Looks like the Viper has bitten me again.


Added by John Bamford on July 25, 2014 at 11:30 — 15 Comments

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