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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jaron Jun 26. 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

Tags: Good, Doing


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dead_left_knife_guy commented on Chris North's photo


"Oh, wow, man...  Les Stroud just seems so incredibly...  human.  I appreciate that more than his survival advice or his knife & axe designs.   And then there was his son's leukemia battle, & even a near fatal car…"
Aug 13
dead_left_knife_guy commented on Andy Larrison's photo

Case jigged cabernet bone Mini Trapper

"I didn't realize the cabernet was such a rich purple -- I might have to track one of these down..."
Aug 13
dead_left_knife_guy commented on Dennis Hibar's photo

Lionsteel "Roundhead"

"That's a beautiful knife...  I'm usually attracted to the tactical Lionsteel knives, but this one is incredible...  I haven't taken the leap on any of the Lionsteel knives I like simply because the handles always just seem…"
Aug 13
dead_left_knife_guy replied to kevin p. madden's discussion Gadget for extracting stubborn pocketknife blades
"Funny, I was thinking about one of these instead (cheaper & available at your local hardware store).  ;)  "
Aug 12
Jeremy B. Buchanan commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

Kabar Machax BK4 2

"Great looking Machax! "
Jul 30
dead_left_knife_guy posted a photo

Kabar Machax BK4 2

Now discontinued, designer Ethan Becker cited the kukri as his design inspiration for the Machax...
Jul 30
dead_left_knife_guy commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"I saw a great deal for the Kabar Becker BK-4 Machax and, as often happens, I started obsessing over it, especially after I ascertained that it has, in fact, been discontinued (I heard a rumor about the BK-5 being discontinued but, at least as of…"
Jul 30
dead_left_knife_guy commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Jay, I have a couple of the Cold Steel machetes with the painted edge, which I really dislike simply because it's just going to gum up whatever sharpening stone or belt I use to get it sharp.  Some chemicals will strip this coating pretty…"
Jul 30
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion WILL EBAY START PAYING ATTENTION TO COUNTERFEIT KNIVES?
"Here's something eBay will also use in its defense:  the VeRO ("Verified Rights Owner") program, something eBay implemented to, in eBay's words, "Protect ... IP rights and ensure compliance for selling."…"
Jul 29
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Stephen L. Corley's discussion Steel Will
"Stephen, I'd heard the N690co comparison with 440C, but didn't realize there was also the VG10 similarity.  The VG10 in my Spyderco Superleaf has been very good to my (though the edge of my VG10 Endura chipped near the tip when I was…"
Jul 29
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion WILL EBAY START PAYING ATTENTION TO COUNTERFEIT KNIVES?
"Hey, y'all!  This is really interesting.  Thank you, Jan, for posting this! For anyone who wants to actually read Spyderco's complaint, this was the only link I was able to find it at (without registering or paying any fees):…"
Jul 28
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Rick Perry's discussion New to the Forum
"Can't recall exact models, but I'm going to take a "stab" at manufacturers (haha, funny, huh?  no?  ah...)...   Let's see how I do, from left to right: Boker, Buck, Boker, Trestle Pine, Puma, & Eka."
Jul 21
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Buck 110 Drop Point Blue Scales Fathers Day 2017

"She does have good taste!  I am thrilled everytime I hear that Buck is back.  I think it was a great decision to come back to the USA"
Jul 15
Jan Carter commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

Buck Case Kershaw Leatherman USA

"With that as an edc group, you can do anything!"
Jul 15
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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
Jul 12
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Don Schriver's discussion Handkerchief - Beard and Owl
"It's pocket jewelry.  The same can be said about knives, but I like knives more than hankies.  Just like John expressed, I see expensive, nice looking things & think often about how I could buy something much more modestly priced…"
Jul 7

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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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At 12:27 on July 2, 2017, Jan Carter said…


Your membership and friendship help keep us moving forward and staying grounded!  Thank you for all you do with iKC and for us!

Thank you for being here with us.  Participation makes us grow and we appreciate all you do!

At 17:18 on July 1, 2017, dead_left_knife_guy said…

Featured Member -- yeah!!!!  To what do I owe this prestigious honor?  :)  

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DLKG - Thanks for the BD wishes... GB

At 21:21 on April 29, 2017, Waggoner, Alan said…


thanks for Happy Bday. Have a goodun!


At 16:35 on April 15, 2017, michael s conway said…

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

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At 12:13 on October 18, 2016, John Bamford said…

Happy birthday DLKG , hope you are having a great day .

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