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Here's your big opportunity knifemakers !!

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

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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 John Bamford Dec 24, 2018. 50 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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D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"If I uncover any more data I'll certainly let you know, John. I have found that Beck London made many different slight varying units that were manufacture specific, i.e. specific to the manufacturer's needs / requirements. Further, those…"
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John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"Thanks for that Dale, I am sure I will get used to the back to front business though it made my brain ache tonight. When it is focussed it certainly is clear but keeping it there is a problem. I am sure I will be able to make something to hold…"
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D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"What I've uncovered, John .. is that Beck London made many versions that were purpose specific i.e. many microscopes were made by them for other firms, e.g. Rolls Royce. As a result, the technical data sheets were not made available to the…"
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D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"What I've uncovered, John .. is that Beck London made many versions that were purpose specific i.e. many microscopes were made by them for other firms, e.g. Rolls Royce. As a result, the technical data sheets were not made available to the…"
Mar 15
D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"From what I've uncovered, John .. is that Beck London made many versions that were purpose specific i.e. many microscopes were made by them for other firms, e.g. Rolls Royce. As a result, the technical data sheets were not made available to the…"
Mar 15
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Daniels Family Knife Brands

Now, a new chapter has begun for Ryan and Courtney Daniels.  "Daniels Family Knife Brands" is offering the exiting new Excelsior Knife Company line of knives directly crafted by the knife makers that also design them. They also are continuing the very popular Tuna Valley Cutlery Co. knife brand, marketed towards the contemporary collector.Thanks to everyone for all their support over the years, and we hope to talk with you in person at one of the many knife shows we attend throughout the year!…See More
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John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"Well, I have been playing with the microscope tonight. First thing I found was it is not as easy to use as I hoped I think I will need to rig up some way of holding the razor in a steady position. Either a magnet or some other way to hold it steady…"
Mar 15
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"Glad it is a good one Dale, I will test it tomorrow. I know less than nothing about microscopes I got this one, apart from it being cheap, cos it looked simple compared to other ones I saw. £20 plus postage."
Mar 14
D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"WOWZA ... you did good !!! . !!! .. World class .. !!! . The Model is 3195. I suspect the longer # is the serial number. . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_%26_J_Beck"
Mar 14
D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"WOWZA ... you did good !!! . The Model is 3195. I suspect the longer # is the serial number. . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_%26_J_Beck"
Mar 14
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"On another area, it says model 3195"
Mar 14
John Bamford commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"Beck/London model 33747"
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D ale commented on John Bamford's blog post Razor sharpening .
"John .. what's the nameplate data of the microscope ? . It sure cleaned up nice !"
Mar 14

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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
online
How long have you collected knives?
51 to 55 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
slipjoint
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 .
Interests
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 8:17 on March 12, 2019, Cliff George said…

Thanks for the welcome John!

At 12:23 on February 18, 2019, Joe Mokry said…

Thanks for the welcome

At 7:22 on January 19, 2019, James said…

Thank you 

At 18:12 on January 15, 2019, Shannon said…

Hi John - thanks so much for the warm welcome!

At 18:28 on December 27, 2018, Glenn Bright said…

Thanks for the welcome, John. I see from your pictures that you're quite a talented carver. Very nice work.

At 22:46 on December 12, 2018, mark klein said…

Thanks for your warm welcome...looking forward to participating in your group.

At 21:32 on November 18, 2018, Stephanie Parker said…
Thank you for the welcome ! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I have posted a few pics of a old Presto and I'm still new at this ,I'd like to clean it up some but correctly .any suggestions?
At 21:03 on October 27, 2018, Andrew Khabenskii said…

Thank you John! 

At 13:56 on October 20, 2018, Kevin Holliday said…

Thank you.

Kevin

At 11:22 on October 18, 2018, Ted Hassler said…

Thanks John!

Ted

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Razor sharpening .

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 96 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…

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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…

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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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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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