I had seen an ad for one in a Woodcraft catalog. I picked this one up at Lowes, to carve Peach Pits with. Well I always wind up with a spare, so I got another, with a different handle. Well... the rest is history. For the longest time I resisted the term "Collector". I was a "User" with a bunch of extras, as spares.
The first, stays in my whittlin bag. I carry another, on my belt, all the time.
I'm a little partial to this one. I bought a Damascusand had Bob Picklesimer take the stak off it and send it to Michael Hoover ... http://redrummdknives.blademakers.com/ ... He added Dinosaur Gem quality fissilized bone and polished it to where it shines like a diamond in a goat's patootie! It is special!
Then there's this one. It's one that Shirley Boser presented me with just before she retired. It is TRULY special, and is a family heirloom. Read the certificate that came with it. That says it all.
Then we got this little number. I sent Bob Picklesimer another Damascus, and called Christy Culpepper and asked her to send Bob some of her finest presentation Black Lip Pearl. Bob married them together and this was the result. A truly beautiful piece that I have not taken a really presentable picture of. Pictures just can't do it justice. Bob has done several more Damascus Seahorsies in various colors of Mammoth tooth and Coral. He is a master!
I am a very fortunate guy to be in a position to be able to afford these, and to have friends who are special enough to make them, or have them made. A very fortunate old guy indeed.
Not on your tin type, Mr. Smith. You have some beautiful and unique Seahorsies as well. Case never made a "plain" Seahorsie! And you have some great ones.
But as far as I'm concerned, it's not the knives in the collection, but the collector who is the star! And you're a VERY bright star, my friend!