"Jan, let's talk again in six months. I have temporarily emptied my blade fund (that's what my wife tells me, anyway) so it'll be a while before I'm doing much buying again. Sorry; I shouldn't have said what I did."
Stephen and Pat, thanks for the birthday wishes! Believe me, they are most welcome. I did get a couple very interesting pieces. We bought the damascus Russian hunter off A.G. Russell's collector's website, and then just today I found a real Balinese kris in decent condition at, get this, a garage sale! In fact, I may have some questions for the group about the kris once I've finished studying up on it.
Its funny. I'm 62 today, but I don't feel a day over, oh, 61 or so.