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What is the most collected brand? I'd say we're beign a little short sighted. First define collected? Second, go global? I'd hazard to guess Victorinox.
I think the topic is dead on for USA made knives.
Go global? I would have to say your probably correct on that. Two strong factors come to mind on that thought process
1) Victorinox having been around successfully since 1884
2) I am willing to bet we all own one or have in the past.
As far as collected, I dont know anyone that owns a "collection" of them. Other than yourself and the good folks here on IKC in the SAK group. I also do not see many types at the shows. I wonder if they are more widely "collected" in the european countries. I would think they likeley are. I will tell you I have certainly enjoyed seeing the knives in your collection, they are very different than the typical "swiss army knife" we think of when hearing the name Victorinox.
I see where you are coming from but here is my resoning for thinking Vics are the most collected.
1. there are plenty of Swiss Army Knife collectors They collect both Victorinox and Wenger. Majority however collect Victorinox. This is pure speculation on my part based on this group, Blade Forum and All About Pocket knives. I'd love to see an actual scientific poll.
2. Even if you don't collect brand specific, you probably have a Victorinox knife.
3. People who collect buy pattern, will most likely own a Victorinox simply because they make knives for various patterns. For instance, they currently make the Skipper and the Helmsman for collectors of Nautical knives. They have a knife for those who collect fishing, Equestrian, folding hunters, military pocket knives, and so on. Even if all you were to collect were Boy Scout Knives, your collection should include at least a half dozen Victorinox knives.
I could very well be the exception but I currently own over 15 and have another 20 or so they I have my sights on and Vics aren't even the main focus of my collecting habits.
This is the main reason I thought Vics would be the most collected. Not because collectors focus solely on Vics but because they just have a way of creeping into collections.
Victorinox, does however realize that people collect their knives simply for the sake of owning them. This is why they have such a variety of scales offered on the Classic SD, and why certain models come with added marking on the scales and such.
Sorry for the late response but I am going to say you are more than likely correct on the Victorinox. Your reasoning is sound and I agree
They didn't...they copied it from a Puma Knife Company design/model which they, Puma, had copied from Boker...Both of those German companies had been in business since the 1800s.
What Buck did was promoted the Hell out of it and it became their"trademark" knife...For a long time it was the only model that was in the Buck's Custom Shop...It became instantly recognizable and was copied by everybody and their brother either under license and or illegally.
There were numerous companies that "improved" upon them--jewels on gold or silver frames with exotic woods/bones/teeth/tusks, they made them into automatic opening or flick knives and some of the companies are still in business.
Robert Burris said:
Please excuse this out of topic question. "How did Buck Knives figure that they had come up with the design of the model 110? I may be mistaken but I think the design comes from others.
My .02 is this.
Case wins the collector knife "bidness" hands down in my mind. I agree with Bruce.
I was buying Case knives when I was a pup. They had the reputation and they built a great knife. I've never really been a collector. I gather stuff more than anything. In my pile of 3 or 4 hundred knives, there might be 10 that have never been used. I think of a new Case knife as one that has dots under the name. The newest Case knife I own was made in the 65-69 era. They went down the toilet and have climbed back out, BUT their knives are pointed at those that buy every different handle variation that they produce and will probably never see the light of day on regular basis. That's where their money is, as most folks won't unload the kind dollars it takes to buy a new knife and then screw it up using it or possibly losing it.
LOTS of fake Case knives out there too. If you're gonna swim in the older Case waters, you'd better sure look out for sharks and know your knives.
GEC is building some great knives, their stuff is being collected. I've got a couple that I use pretty much every day. They're well built and rather pricey, but I got into mine on trades and it doesn't bother me to use 'em.
Queen is building some great stuff and their S&M line is getting a lot of play by the collector market.
As for me? I'll just keep my eye out for a good solid oldie that will feel good in my hand and pocket.