Lars Ray
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Mossberg MSG9899 General Purpose Hunter and Skinning Knife

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ray Apr 24, 2015. 6 Replies

Not too long ago I uploaded some photos of my Mossberg MSG9899 Skinning knife into my Gun Maker’s Knives Photo Album. To my surprise, I received several comments – well questions actually – about its…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #14 - Western W35 Bowie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shlomo ben Maved May 20, 2015. 17 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #13 - Colonial Executive

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ray Apr 9, 2015. 2 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #12 - Colonial Shur Snap Switch Blade

Started this discussion. Last reply by steve @ colonial knife Apr 13, 2016. 9 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue

 

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If all knives are tools, and they are the oldest tools known to man, then why not own one with some style. I am always on the hunt for an "ideal" knife.

After all - the best knife in the world is the one you carry!

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User/Collector
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
I found iKC while researching my Imperial Kamp King knife.
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
No
How long have you collected knives?
46 to 50 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Sharp ones! While I am always on the look out for the ideal knife, I specialize in fixed blades - Bowies, Daggers, and Combat knives primarily, but I've been known to pick up a folder or two when they capture my imagination. In the broadest sense, I am a collector of edged pieces - Swords, Knives, Bayonets, Ethnographic / Aboriginal, and Historical.
Website
http://www.renesanswoodcrafts.etsy.com
About Me
I am passionate about all edged pieces...Knives, Bayonets, and Swords. Always looking for the ideal knife, I collect knives when I cannot afford a Bayonet. I collect Bayonets when I cannot afford a Sword. When I can afford a Sword, I look to see how many knives I can buy for the same money. And so it goes.

I am also a firm believer that a sword is just an over sized knife, and equally worthy of collecting!

My dedicated email to all things edged: Szabla.collector@gmail.com (Szabla = Polish for Sabre)
Interests
Edged weapons, wood working (treen ware), back country exploration, music, Polish cuisine.
Other Hobbies
Hot Wheels, cycling - road touring, Polish BBQ, Member of the Bayonet Collectors Network - a global community of passionate bayonet enthusiasts.

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At 19:06 on April 1, 2017, Jan Carter said…

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Happy Birthday Lars!

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Happy Birthday Lars!

At 7:51 on April 18, 2015, tim payne said…

Enjoyed your etsy shop Lars.  Great pieces!

At 23:38 on April 17, 2015, J.J. Smith III said…

Thanks for the heads up.  I'll have to check them out when I get on the desk top again.

At 9:32 on April 10, 2015, Michael Squier said…

Ha ha, I rhought I already had. Checked out your etsy shop, very nice stuff. My wife runs our shop and once in a while talks me into creating wood products. 

At 17:10 on April 6, 2015, J.J. Smith III said…

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Lars Ray commented on Matthew Lesniewski's photo
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Long Bowie

"Okay...add this one to my "Wish I had one of those" list!"
18 hours ago
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Thank you sir for the comments.  I too encourage others to showcase their pieces for further review and discussion. I'm more of a conventional "true to form" kind of collector rather than a purist when it comes to defining…"
18 hours ago
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Here is my Kukri by Ash Blades...without a bell-shaped pommel. Compare to my 14" Kopis, also by Ash Blades. My Kopis - "
Jan 10
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Finally...the “why” behind my joining this group. Simply, I really liked how dead_left_knife_guy laid out his argument (err, explanation), as to what defines a khukuri, or kukri. While I subscribe that the kukri is a class of knife…"
Jan 10
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Good eye on the 'ol Bird there Dead-Left....it is emblazoned with my family's amoral bearings. Having it engraved on a Kukri? Man, I wish I'd thought of that....that would be cool! And yes...I do have a couple of Kukri to share with…"
Dec 13, 2017
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Thanks all for letting me join as the 10th and latest member. I've read the threads...all very interesting and enlightening...I'm looking forward to contributing soon."
Dec 13, 2017
Lars Ray commented on Lars Ray's photo
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Case 1996 Super Bowl XXX Commemorative Trapper

"2017 update: I sold this particular knife in September for $125.00. While I have enjoyed owning it, it served as a valuable resource for some much needed funds. "
Dec 13, 2017
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steve @ colonial knife replied to Lars Ray's discussion iKC Member in Need Request #12 - Colonial Shur Snap Switch Blade
"call me at toll free 866-421-6500 best Steve Paolantonio colonial knife"
Apr 13, 2016

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steve @ colonial knife replied to Lars Ray's discussion iKC Member in Need Request #12 - Colonial Shur Snap Switch Blade
"Antique American Switchblades by Mark Erickson, Identification & value Guide is well regarded and I have attached a couple of pages from his guide for your perusal.,  of course in less than mint condition, the value will drop- we do have an…"
Apr 13, 2016

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steve @ colonial knife replied to Lars Ray's discussion iKC Member in Need Request #12 - Colonial Shur Snap Switch Blade
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Lars Ray's Blog

The Cutting Edge: Collecting Inexpensive Knives

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 14:56 10 Comments

Spend any time on the internet whatsoever looking up knife stuff, and you’re bound to hit a few dozen discussions regarding “cheap” knives. In this context, cheap is referring to poor quality in materials, construction, performance, or any combination thereof. Today, cheap knives are almost synonymous with anything made in China, Pakistan, or other parts of Asia.

This is unfortunate, because many inexpensive knives come from these same regions, and they are anything but cheap. Even…

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The Cutting Edge: Hidden Gems - the ugly ducklings of knives

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 20:31 8 Comments

We all have them…those knives we bought some time ago…years maybe…that we really did not intend to add to our collections. We see them as disposable tools, junk knives, knives not worth mentioning or are too embarrassing to admit you ever owned.

I have a handful of such knives – those blades I purchased for a specific need at the time and really didn't care if I ever lost it, broke it, had it stolen (no such luck), or just neglected it because I no longer cared about it.

After…

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Open Views – Part 2 of 2: Survival Knives

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 15:53 13 Comments

Part 2 of this blog is dealing with Survival knives, both as an item and a legit category for collecting.

The bone of contention that was vocalized some time ago is that there is no such thing as a tactical knife or a survival knife – rather, these terms are marketing terms to sell more knives. (Tactical knives are discussed in Part 1).

While I have a different opinion on the matter, I can’t throw out the whole argument because some of it is true – many companies and makers do…

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Open Views – Part 1 of 2: Tactical Knives

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 17:46 7 Comments

When it comes to knife collecting, there are probably as many types of collectors as there are categories of knives to collect – from purists to novices, open-minded to staunch believers, early adapters to Luddites, and everything in between.

I like to think of myself as one who knows why I collect what I collect – evolving technologies notwithstanding – and stands behind it unless a better argument comes along that challenges my thought processes enough to either broaden my…

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