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Here's your big opportunity knifemakers !!

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


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 Steve Scheuerman (Manx) May 31. 39 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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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 21:03 on October 27, 2018, Andrew Khabenskii said…

Thank you John! 

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

Thank you.


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

Thanks John!


At 21:41 on October 12, 2018, Michael Rosek said…

Thanks for welcome. Happy to be here.

At 14:40 on October 12, 2018, Michael Rosek said…

Thank you John. Good to feel welcomed.

At 13:50 on October 12, 2018, Jan Carter said…

Have a Blessed Birthday my friend

At 10:14 on October 12, 2018,
Charles Sample

Happy Birthday John!

At 20:59 on October 11, 2018,
Jeff Schley

Thanks John

At 19:54 on September 18, 2018, Jay Riley said…

Thanks.this is a very informative site.

At 18:01 on September 8, 2018, Joe Sperduto said…

Thanks John, I am hoping to learn a lot from all of the experienced members.

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John Bamford's Blog

Razor sharpening .

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 6:09 74 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…


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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