I grew up outdoors with my parents being keen walkers, I first climbed Cadair Idris at the age of eight. Playing in local woods and along the riverbank with my friends. I learned hedge laying on my uncles farm as a teenager and picked up some knowledge of wildlife.
I had a great love of...
I have had quite a productive lockdown with refurbishing twenty or so old tools and knives and then making a few leather covers and sheaths.
It is quite boring now I have to go back to work
According to Tweedale’s Directory of Cutlery Maufacturers Isaac Ellis was a knife manufacturer from the 1830s onwards and included his sons in the name by 1860. The firm continued until 1932 when the firms Primus trade mark was acquired by Edwin Blyde.
Hope this is helpful John. I have a...
I have had excellent service from Beaver/Shark Designs on two different orders for leatherwork and a steel striker and tinder supplies. They emailed regularly to keep me updated on the progress of the leather pouch order.
I have no connection to the company just a satisfied customer.
This post shows a catalogue from the 1980s, but I have seen older ones.
This pattern of knife seems to have been made by a number of Sheffied cutlers. In Geoffrey Tweedale, Sheffield...
The asterisk and Maltese cross were logos used on Joseph Rodgers and Sons knives. The currently made knives still bear these symbols, the right to use this is now owned by the Eggington Ltd. If you search on British blades website there is a picture of this type of knife being sold as a hunting...
At the Westonbirt Treefest on his stall, blades started at £40 or so and upwards.
I purchased a lovely carving knife narrow tang convex Scandi with an ash and camel bone handle for £170.
This knife holds an excellent sharp edge that has only needed a little stropping so far.
I see on the Barbour website that there is now a "New Durham" jacket in 6oz sylkoil as opposed to the "Classic Durham" jacket in 4oz sylkoil.
This should be ideal for bumbling about in brambles. I think I feel a purchase coming on.
I only have four;
1. Berghaus Mustang 65L, nearly 30 years old I rarely use this convertible travel pack now as I do less globe trotting.
2. Berghaus Cyclops 2 Alp 70L, my mountain walking pack for over 20 years now only used for music festivals.
3. Go lite Gust 56L, my current main pack...