Knife Week: ISO the IXL British Army Knife

It’s Knife Week 1 at Hand-Eye Supply! Get 25% off all knives in stock with the code “KnifeWeek2015″ now through Saturday 8.29.15! The IXL British Army Knife 2 is a gleaming example of what traditional craftsmanship looks like in the modern age.

These unusual knives have been in production since the mid-1800s, predating those flashy red Swiss doodads by around 40 years. They are still made in Sheffield, England, the region long considered the birthplace of modern stainless steel production and the gritty heart of British steelworks for over 700 years. The British Army Knife is distinctively shaped and distinctively useful, having descended from stout “workman’s” knives used by English coachmen, craftsmen and soldiers in the early 1800s.

The s trikingly angled 2.25-inch sheepsfoot blade is blunted for safety, particularly nice when working in close proximity to others, or while on a moving vehicle or boat. As a modern bonus, its stubby length makes it street legal in the UK and other countries with a strict 3″ blade limit. These oddly shaped multi-tools have barely changed over the last century-plus, and are as simple and nearly indestructible as their predecessors.

The biggest changes were the late-1800s addition of the can opener, which allowed soldiers to crack into their newly tinned field rations, and the switch to stainless steel in the 1910s was immediately appreciated by users in the damp British outdoors. In addition to the sturdy sheepsfoot blade and can opener you get a built in screwdriver bit, and a thick forged marlin spike. Marlin spikes are an essential tool for anyone who sails, but also come in handy for anyone with knot picking, tie-down-tying, or general knife-unfriendly prying and scraping in their lives.

Despite the chunky addition of the spike, the handle is slim and wide. No tube-like handle of the generic multi-blade knife here, just a surprisingly thin and surprisingly grippable palmful of stainless scales. During WWI and WWII, Joseph Rodgers was the primary manufacturer of these knives (which is still mentioned on their retro-rad packaging).

The IXL Army Knife torch is now carried on by Egginton group. Originally “Egginton Bros. Ltd.”, the group formed in 1872, and has sought to preserve the once ailing Sheffield cutlery industry ever since.

If the British Army Knife is any indicator, they’re doing a great job. Grab your own pocketful of British tradition for $52, over at Hand-Eye Supply.

3 Kat Bauman 4 Kat Bauman is a machine-lover and international Portland correspondent. Everything she writes is in dactylic pentameter, or a lie.

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Kilmarnock Academy Royal Regiment of Scotland Open Day

Posted by Mrs McCrone in : Uncategorized , trackback 1 2 The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be running a one day open day Thurs 16 July 15 at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, for Training Providers working with young people Not in Education or Training. My team, 1 SCOTS, alongside our Reserve battalion, 6 SCOTS, have been successfully running a five day package with a range of youth groups and training providers including, Ingeus, West Lothian Youth Action Project, Tomorrows People and Street League across the Lothian and the Borders. During each session there is an element of military training to provide an insight into the Army but they also teach core employable skills such as; team work, communications skills, problem solving, taking responsibility, health and well-being and developing leadership qualities.

The courses are open to all young people from 16 35 who are keen to participate in something a little different and has been very well received to date. Our open day hopes to showcase this exiting opportunity that we can provide to the young people you work with. Below are come photos of a similar course we ran for the Edinburgh College Sport Department along with an outline of the Open Day.

Dreghorn Barracks (DHB) is located just off the Edinburgh bypass post code EH13 9QW.

If any pupil is interested and would like more information you must speak to Mrs Hamilton by 26 th June!

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Lieutenant Charles Kerr Bruce 24th London Regiment

Lieutenant Charles Kerr Bruce, 24 th London Regiment (The Queen s) Lived at Galway House, St James Road, Sutton Lieutenant C.K Bruce. Photographed 5 Jan 1917 by David Knights Whittome We know little about Charles Kerr Bruce other than that he was born in 1880 in Camberwell and by 1901 was working as a bank clerk. We know also that by 1911 his father had died and he is listed as head of the household living at Galway House, St James Road with his widowed mother, sister and brother.

He was age 31 and working for the Bank of Montreal. Charles Bruce s record seems confusing at first as the medal card shows he was in the 14 th then 24 th London Regiments yet in the photograph he is clearly wearing the collar badge of The Queen s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. A bit of digging reveals the answer.

The medal card confirms that he initially joined the 14 th London Regiment known as 14 th London (Scottish) Regiment as a private. We don t know when but based on his regimental number it was probably in August, no later than September 1914. One year later on the 4 August 1916 he was commissioned as a 2 nd Lieutenant on probation.

It was at this time that he changed Battalions to the 24 th London Regiment but the full name of this regiment is the 24 th London (The Queen s) Regiment. Hence the connection with the West Surrey Regiment who are officially The Queen s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. The medal card also shows that he first went to France on the 19 March 1915 (age 35) making him eligible for the 1915 Star.

His first commission in August 1916 is not surprising allowing for the number of officer casualties from the start of the war and through 1915. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 5 February 1918. We know from regimental records that the 24 th London Regiment saw action in both Messines and Cambrai in 1917 and Bapaume in 1918.

Charles Bruce survived the war and went on to marry Lily Leonard in 1928. In around 1930 they moved to Beddington where he died in February 1955. Additional information: 19/8/2015 thanks to @WW1geek_andy 1 for letting us know that the Bank of Montreal Roll of Honour 2 indicates that Charles Kerr Bruce was wounded twice.

Lieutenant C.K Bruce.

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