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Obviously trends exist, but desire and resources available to feed the desire of a person's interests when it comes to collecting, affect the supply and demand and is driven by the same for everything that is out there to buy! Personally I like the older knives best.
Well the market is changing for sure and while Tactical, is still strong, there has been a great return to traditional patterns as well as Vintage stock. Fixed blades are hanging in there and have a following, mostly in the custom market.
I do see the customs coming on stronger than ever. Both in fixed and folders. Finding a good maker these does doesn't mean 1000 + for your knife. 200-300 range will get you quality in steel and materials.
Tacticals as they were originally produced did not catch on as well as expected
Then some of the companies learned to do them with style and quality
What seems to amaze me is watching the evolution of them
The traditional is still going strong. There will always be traditionalists among us.
First considered the only "right" knife. Then they once were considered the knives you buy after tacticals. These days I see many folks, men and women, that appreciate both styles and have a good mix in their collections.
I dont see any of the options available in any of these styles going anywhere. I just see the traditional makers reaching out to capture both sides of the field. Even some of the traditionally tactical companies are doing it. CRKT had a line of traditional now. Just makes business sense.
Well said Jan and I agree with what you said "What seems to amaze me is watching the evolution of them " That truly is the exciting part for some of us we have witnessed changes in the industry over great time periods and it is still evolving and changing and in my opinion more exciting than ever!
I love old knives, the older the better. I have found turn of the last century knives are affordable to me and ive been adding to my collection. Im not young but Im not old either. Colecting antique anything will never go away, it may change a bit but someone will always keep the old stuff around.