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Steve Scheuerman (Manx) left a comment for Mark Zalesky
Jul 27
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Jul 26
Charles Sample left a comment for Mark Zalesky
"Happy Birthday Mark!"
Jul 25
Mark Zalesky replied to Norm Allen's discussion Help Identify these marks, tang stamps
"Interesting, the master tang stamp is styled to look like pseudo hallmarks. Based on past experience, the R probably stands for Rostfrei (stainless) and the knife is probably of German origin. Chances are the markings are ID'd in Anthony…"
May 22
Mark Zalesky is attending Jan Carter's event

The Knife Road Show GA *an iKC gathering also at MW GA Trade Center

March 17, 2017 to March 18, 2017
This show is always fun and it is central for most of our Southern members.  Join us and let's meet up at a knife show run by Mr Bruce Voyles! See More
Nov 30, 2016
Mark Zalesky commented on Roger Cunningham's event 'Parker Knife Show'
"KNIFE Magazine will be there with books, a sample issue, and some old junk the editor has for sale..."
Nov 28, 2016
Mark Zalesky is attending Roger Cunningham's event

Parker Knife Show at Sevierville Convention Center

December 9, 2016 at 1pm to December 11, 2016 at 7pm
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Nov 28, 2016
Mark Zalesky commented on Jan Carter's event '2016 Rep Weekend'
"I'll be there on Friday, but only for a walk-thru. This is a crazy event, with reps from most of the major knife manufacturers in attendence. Draws a big crowd!"
Oct 19, 2016
Mark Zalesky is attending Jan Carter's event

2016 Rep Weekend at Smoky Mountain Knife Works

October 21, 2016 at 6pm to October 23, 2016 at 7pm
SMKW welcomes you to our annual Rep Weekend, where you can meet representatives from your favorite knife and tool companies. We will have storewide savings, food samples, and giveaways. There is something for everyone, so plan on attending!See More
Oct 19, 2016
Mark Zalesky commented on Jan Carter's event 'Natchez Bowie Knife and Antiques Show'
"THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. I understand that they hope to bring it back next year -- let's hope so, it's a lot of fun."
Aug 30, 2016
Mark Zalesky replied to Ike Mitchell's discussion Is There Still A NKCA? in the group National Knife Collector Association- Local Chapter
"Hi folks, there is a short item in the new edition of KNIFE Magazine reporting on the formal closure of the NKCA (the issues are starting to hit the streets now). I have not been able to reach Lisa either, so every once in a while I would shoot an…"
Aug 23, 2016
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Jul 26, 2016
Mark Zalesky replied to Buddy Gaines's discussion MS damascus knife i.d.
"Assuming the MS is an ABS Mastersmith's mark, the field is limited considerably as there have never been a whole lot of makers who reach that level. I'm sure that I've have seen this marking before but can't identify it with…"
Jun 7, 2016
Mark Zalesky is attending Jan Carter's event

Knife Roadshow at Smoky Mountain Convention Center

November 4, 2016 to November 6, 2016
This is Bruce Voyles New show will be in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center PIGEON FORGE, TNNext door to the Cracker Barrell at the northern end of Pigeon Forge!See More
May 3, 2016
Mark Zalesky is attending Jan Carter's event

Knife Roadshow at Smoky Mountain Convention Center PIGEON FORGE, TN

May 13, 2016 to May 15, 2016
This is Bruce Voyles New show will be in the Smoky MountainConvention CenterPIGEON FORGE, TNNext door to the Cracker Barrell at the northern end of Pigeon Forge!See More
May 3, 2016

Profile Information

Profile
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -- Socrates
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Yes
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
31 to 35 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Antique American and English cutlery, especially pre-Civil War American made bowie knives.
Website
http://www.knifeworld.com
About Me
Editor of Knife World magazine, and all around "knife guy"
(Profile Photo shows myself attempting a hostile takeover of Knife World, with an original W.J. McElroy bowie knife...)
Interests
My main collecting focus is pre-Civil War American made bowie & dirk knives.

I also collect knives, silver, and other objects relating to Samuel Bell, J.G. & D. Bell, Bell Bros., and the Bell Jewelry Co. of Knoxville, TN and San Antonio, TX.

Knife brands I collect or have collected include: McClung Hardware and S.B. Luttrell Hardware of Knoxville TN, Iowa Novelty Co. of Keota and Cedar Rapids IA, W.R. Barr of Camas Valley OR, Humason & Beckley (H&B), Marble's / M.S.A. Co., and brands relating to Samuel Mason. Maybe a couple of others I'm forgetting (I'm starting to sound like Art Green here).

Some other items I collect or have collected over the years: pre-1880 American made lockbacks, American-made exotic pearl handled knives (e.g. abalone shell), wharncliffe pattern knives, straight razors with patriotic or political motifs, any items made by pre-Civil War American bowie knife makers, bowie knife related ephemera, and books on knives, razors, surgical instruments, swords, and related subjects.
Other Hobbies
Collecting vintage record albums, especially "quadraphonic" LPs from the 1970s; and other surround-sound music formats like DVD-A, SACD, and DTS-CD.

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At 10:28 on July 27, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 13:05 on July 26, 2017, Jan Carter said…

At 22:57 on July 25, 2017, Charles Sample said…

Happy Birthday Mark!

At 9:17 on July 26, 2016, Jan Carter said…

At 16:09 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

The writing on edge of blade are H. Boker and Co's Cutlery Germany Each blade has the Tree stamp with no circle around it.

At 15:58 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

Thank you for your time. Here are some not so perfect pictures. Based on your article I believe this to be the 1891 to 1944 mfg markings. What is throwing me off is the M. Barlow signature on one scale.

At 13:26 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

Mark, While researching a new knife I purchased, your name came up on google as a Boker collector and expert. Would you be willing to look at some pictures of this unusual 2 blade Boker I found? Thanks. Dave 

At 8:33 on July 27, 2015, Mark Zalesky said…

Thanks Charles and Jan!

At 12:45 on July 26, 2015, Jan Carter said…

At 12:21 on July 26, 2015, Charles Sample said…

Happy Birthday Mark!

 
 
 

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