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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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The history of Stanley knives

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Stanley knives are everywhere. It’s one of the best-known products in the world, indeed, in many parts of the world, including the UK. It has become a generic trademark, like hoovering or photoshopping. People will reach for a ‘Stanley knife’, regardless of who actually manufactured the utility knife they are using. Stanley’s industrial heritage Surprisingly, while many may think of the utility knife as their company’s main product, Stanley came late to the knife business. Operating, in various incarnations, for nearly 100 years before bringing its first knife to the market. Indeed, Stanley’s origins were far from knives. The company...

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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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Swann Morton - world leaders in the manufacturing of surgical blades, scalpels & handles

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Swann-Morton are a Sheffield based company, founded in 1932 and have since become world leaders in the manufacturing of surgical blades, scalpels and handles. Their blades act as enabling tools for many professionals from all walks of life, as Swann-Morton offer consistency, reliability and cleverly combine their traditional blade making skills with the latest technologies. The main professionals consistently using Swann-Morton blades are Surgeons, Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dentists and Veterinarians. Surgeons and Swann-Morton There are 34 blade shapes and 12 different handles made by Swann-Morton for their general Surgical Blade range. These blades are used throughout many types of theatres and practices, such as Cardiology, Orthopaedics and Reconstructive surgery units. Blade size and...

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