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"Knives & Swords Collector" App for iPhone & iPad -- a review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jaron Jun 26, 2017. 13 Replies

A few days ago I was on my iPhone searching for who knows what, & for some reason I found myself in the App Store -- a rare occurrence for me.  Somehow I stumbled upon this app called Knives…Continue

Happy Independence Day! All-American Knives Edition, 2016

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Sample Jul 9, 2016. 7 Replies

Hey All,Just wanted to wish you a Happy 4th by adding a post for y'all to show off your American-made knives!  And this post is hardly limited my fellow Americans -- no matter where you live, no…Continue

Does the Queen Mountain Man pattern have a standard name?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Aug 28, 2016. 6 Replies

Hello, all!In my years of collecting, I've started a few subcollections that I tend to revisit & add to from time to time.  I'm not a big collector of traditional patterns, but I have found…Continue

Tags: Man, Mountain, Queen

Doing Good Things

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 29, 2015. 1 Reply

Hey all,With all the things that go wrong in the world, with all of our imperfections & our seeming compulsions to remain modest in the face of doing good things, I'm going to do something just a…Continue

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dead_left_knife_guy replied to Bill Perlman's discussion Help with identification
"Watermans have a dedicated fan/collector base -- I'm just not sure if refurbishing the knife is desirable or not (be conservative & don't clean it up until you find out for certain that this is the better thing to do, if you plan to…"
14 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on John Bamford's photo

Flexcut carving Jack

"John, it's nice to hear someone else say the thing I've been feeling for a couple years.  The blades are plenty sharp, but the ergonomics are far from ideal.  The worst thing though is that it seems like I'm going to open up…"

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

SAK Whittling Book

"I've got a couple of his books, but not this one!  Not a surprise that this one came about, given Chris Lubkemann's use of a modified SAK.  Probably more of a surprise that he hasn't yet teamed up with Victorinox to create a…"

dead_left_knife_guy posted photos

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion The first knife give away of 2018
"Thank you, Jan!  I suspected there was a connection between the two knives, but didn't realize it was that direct.  With some quick research, I found the names Ken Daniels & Bill Howard as founders of GEC -- which one was the…"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion The first knife give away of 2018
"Congratulations, Steven!  (I'm fortunate in that my GEC #42 Missouri Trader was a win all on its own, & will forever be one of my favorite possessions.)  Have an awesome Saturday, all!"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion ZT KNIVES in the group Tactical & Combat Collectors Club
"My 0909, purchased last fall, just accompanied me & my older son on a Boy Scout winter cabin weekend.  Still incredibly sharp but hasn't had much use yet (it's a tank in the pocket & there's no way I'd pull it out at…"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion The first knife give away of 2018
"I don't mean to be controversial, but I'm not sure I can convey this without the controversy.  Simply stated, & I know there will be many who disagree with me here:  I like squirrels.  I think they're awesome. …"

dead_left_knife_guy commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"I would love to hear opinions from anyone who has purchased the new CRKT "Kuk".  The designer, Ryan Johnson, has a solid reputation for his own work (RMJ Tactical, some of the coolest tomahawks I could never afford to use).  The…"
Feb 9

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Glenn "Oz" Osborne's photo

chef knife

"I love that.  What's the heat treatment?  How thick is it?  Forged or stock removal?  How long is the handle?  How long is the blade?  Is it made solely for the kitchen, or for heavier work outside the kitchen…"
Jan 24
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The Kukri (Khukuri) Group

The khukuri, often shortened to "kukri" here in the U.S., is both a utility knife & a weapon.  The khukuri likely was derived from the Greek sword known as the kopis.  Usually shorter than a typical sword, but longer than a typical knife, the khukuri is often easily recognized by the canted blade.  Classically, the khukuri is thick, as much as 10 mm or more, with a leaf shape that flares out where the blade bends, the tip aligned below the user's hand.  This knife originated more for…See More
Jan 24

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Jan 8

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Chris North's photo

Bushcraft USA official knife

"Oh, that's a nice looking knife.  Is that a Karesuando?  I didn't know Bushcraftusa commissioned a knife, I've been a little out of it recently...   Anyway I'd love to hear more about the knife..."
Jan 8

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Chris North's photo

Terävä Jääkäripuukko

"That's the 140, right?  How does it feel in hand?  I'd love to hear how it performs -- let us know your thoughts on it!  I've been tempted to pick the smaller one up (110), but then I realized it's probably in the…"
Jan 8

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion 2017, what a year
"Jan, your skill in conveying an overview of the year without mentioning politics is simply incredible.  Thank you for reminding us that this can be done!   Thank you for running such a great site!  This is the only knife forum…"
Jan 5
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Jan 1

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How long have you collected knives?
6- 10 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
simple, rugged -- contemporary styles of production & custom knives -- TOPS, Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker, Blind Horse / Battle Horse Knives, OKC, CRKT, Victorinox, Leatherman -- bushcraft, outdoors, tactical, survival
About Me
father & husband, 40's, Minnesotan, writer, editor of the North Star Blade Collectors newsletter, conservation-minded, family man, philosopher, Buddhist
my family, outdoors, bushcraft, wilderness, tracking, flora & fauna, improving my skills, survival & camp kits, wood carving, knife sharpening, urban survival, urban homesteading, food prep, trail food, & squirrels, I love squirrels.
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Reading, writing, 'rithmetic. Okay, not so big into math anymore, calculus just wasn't any fun by the time I got there. Astronomy, Greco-roman mythology, Native American ways of life & beliefs, thinking, watching, listening, video games. Ecology. Camping. Hiking.

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Camillus CK9: The knife used by Dual Survival's Grady Powell

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 3 Comments

Recently I had the chance to watch another episode of the current season of Dual Survival, & again got to see Grady Powell using the Camillus CK9.  Somewhere I saw someone online stating that Grady Powell designed the knife, but I have not yet been able to confirm or deny this.  Camillus has very little detail on the CK9 on its website, & of course TOPS doesn't have anything public about this on its website because it's not technically a TOPS knife.

Grady Powell designed…


TOPS Knives President Mike Fuller

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 21:01 2 Comments

Okay, this is an interesting story.  I don't know what to think of it.  I'm a big fan of TOPS Knives, but this story is too important to not post something about it.  


Knife throwing, anyone? Anyone?

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

Are there any other knife throwers here? If so, anyone recognize the logo on the cup? :)

I notice there's not a group for throwers, hm...…


Clean, measured knife-making!

Posted on September 27, 2015 at 12:53 4 Comments

This video from Gough Custom Knives just floored me -- his shop is so clean, & his work so measured...  This was 12 minutes of video worth watching, especially for those of us who have aspirations to make beautiful knives ourselves.


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thank you, right back at you, glad to make your acquaintance. later mike


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