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Working / tooling in the garden

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Now that summer’s here, it should be a joy to work outside. But although most people think the perils of outdoor working in the garden of the UK is the country’s highly changeable weather, the dangers of hot weather apply just as much to Sheffield as they do to more exotic climates. Despite that, with care you can work safely, and enjoy the warmer weather. So if you are doing some DIY, or professional tooling, what steps do you need to take to make sure you are safe when the sun shines? Think like you are on holiday You are...

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Have you got the right tool for the job?

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Forget what you have heard about a good worker never blaming their tools. The fact is that when you don’t use the right tool for the job, you can risk disaster. And when you are using high-quality tools, it can transform tasks from a chore to a joy. We have a vast array of knives and blades for every job imaginable. So how do you choose the right tool for a job? Research the task, and the right tools If you aren’t an expert, then don’t worry. There are lots of experts and many are happy to share their expertise....

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OLFA - The Japanese Leading Tool Experts

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Millions of people reach for an OLFA blade or cutter every day. The quality and reliability of the simple construction is taken for granted. While cheap OLFA blades are commonplace now, before Yoshio Okada created the first snap-off blade the only option were blades that required frequent sharpening and had none of the safety features OLFA offers today. Although a modern invention, your OLFA cutter calls on an old & rich heritage of blades and manufacture in Japan. OLFA blades - Japanese swordsmithing Japanese swordsmithing has a legendary reputation. The swords used by Japanese warriors were sharp and had such...

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How Olfa’s innovation and quality create great craft knives

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Olfa blades and Olfa rotary cutters are not only one of the most distinctively designed you can buy they also come from a company with a record of innovation. Olfa’s name is even derived from the Japanese words for bend and break, a reflection of the snap-off blade they invented. The company founder, working in a printing company, found the blades they used for cutting paper became blunt quickly, but realised that other parts of the blade remained sharp as they were unused in the cut. Working from this observation he developed a blade with scored lines along the length...

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What makes Swann-Morton blades so good?

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Swann-Morton is perhaps best known as a manufacturer of surgical blades, but it’s that heritage that means their blades are excellent for art and craft knives. A brief history Swann-Morton boasts a proud history. Starting in the UK’s traditional heartland of steel production, Sheffield, the company began by manufacturing razor blades before specialising in surgical blades. It is also a pioneering company, while employee ownership might seem like a 21st century business model Swann-Morton was a pioneer, establishing an employee trust that part owned the company in the mid-1940s. Their products are made not by employees but by company owners...

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