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Lars Ray's Discussions

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 18:21 on April 5, 2018, Keith Andrews said…

Lars .. Still finding my way here .. Sent you a reply to the " do not reply " email address .. dummy me.  I have ridden all sorts of road bikes over the years.  Two cross country trips.  Raced in many states as well as collect a number of bikes in more recent years.  Foolishly sold several fine bikes years ago and am in the midst of recovering some of those toys.  Knives interest me.  I can't promise it won't be just a passing phase in my life, but you have to investigate these things to find out your real, long term interests.

At 12:21 on April 2, 2018, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 20:30 on April 1, 2018, J.J. Smith III said…

At 20:03 on April 1, 2018, Jan Carter said…

Happy Birthday my friend!

At 18:29 on March 5, 2018, Bill Withers said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. 

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

At 18:17 on April 1, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 21:05 on April 1, 2016, Jan Carter said…

At 14:53 on April 1, 2016, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 12:55 on April 1, 2016, John Kellogg said…

Happy Birthday Lars!

Latest Activity

Lars Ray commented on J.J. Smith III's status
"Man...I hate it when that happens. I have a similar problem....eBay just doesn't respect my knife diet. LoL !!! Nice looking piece you have there..."
May 14
Lars Ray commented on Gus Marsh's photo
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Knife Display Board

"Oh man...I have one one of those....a folding fork I mean. Top row, last one on the right. Of course, I couldn't find mine now to save my life, but it's around here somewhere. I am unable to enlarge your photo to read the info card…"
May 4
Lars Ray commented on J.J. Smith III's photo
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retirement income

"Ha! Well that amount will get you in the door...have fun this weekend!"
May 2
Lars Ray left a comment for Robert R Wiery
"Hey ya Robert...like some of the others, I just stopped by your page to say "hey" and welcome you to iKC. As Steve stated, there is lots to see, do, and comment on. One of the fastest ways to get noticed around here is to put up a photo or…"
Apr 29
Lars Ray commented on Jeremy B. Buchanan's photo
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My wife thinks I have a problem

"I certainly don't see an issue here. The definitive answer to the question, "just how many knives do you need?" is always "just one more!" Of course that goes both ways when I ask about the shoes!  :-)"
Apr 26
Lars Ray commented on Ellis H. Roberson's photo
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SANY0390 (1)

"Always a crowd favorite Ellis...Oh so sweet!"
Apr 15
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo
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Kabar Becker Reinhardt BK21

"Now that's a great photo! Oh, and the BK21 is nice too. I would like to see the black Kuk done in this shot - that would be a handsome photo suitable for Jan's calendar as well. "
Apr 12
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

"Oh gee...what a wonderful 74 degree day here in McKinney Texas. Sure wish I had a CRKT Humdinger to further enjoy this beautiful day! (Smirk!) Just between you and me, however, I would welcome a blanket of snow now...  :-) As for the fence, why…"
Apr 12
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Apr 11
Lars Ray left a comment for Keith Andrews
"I'm hip brother. Edged weapons for me have stood the test of time, as has road touring. Sadly, I haven't been on a road trip for over a decade now....but I still have all my garb, kit, and gear.  Seeing your interests struck a…"
Apr 5
Keith Andrews left a comment for Lars Ray
"Lars .. Still finding my way here .. Sent you a reply to the " do not reply " email address .. dummy me.  I have ridden all sorts of road bikes over the years.  Two cross country trips.  Raced in many states as well as…"
Apr 5
Lars Ray left a comment for EDMUND ETZOLD
"Hehehe....you mean AUTOFILL?"
Apr 5
Lars Ray left a comment for Helene
"Hello Helene...welcome to iKC! We're glad to have you join us and all the fun that goes on here.Lots to see, learn, and do if you want to. Feel free to ask any questions...someone always jumps in to respond.  Cheers to you -"
Apr 4
Lars Ray left a comment for Keith Andrews
"Hi Keith...welcome to iKC! We're glad to have you join us and all the fun that goes on here.Lots to see, learn, and do if you want to. Feel free to ask any questions...someone always jumps in to respond.  I see you're a cyclist...road…"
Apr 4
Lars Ray left a comment for EDMUND ETZOLD
"Hello Edmund...welcome to iKC! We're glad to have you join us and all the fun that goes on here.Lots to see, learn, and do if you want to. Feel free to ask any questions...someone always jumps in to respond.  Cheers to you -"
Apr 4
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Apr 2

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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