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Given economic conditions virtually worldwide, a growing number of catalogs and internet sites and a seemingly endless number of " private knifemakers"out there, they are available.
No, its not the corner hardware anymore, but it might be a sporting goods store where you live. You might travel to the Smokey Mountains or search out that knife in the Ozark Hills . Maybe its a knife show or browsing the booths of your favorite thrift shop that just feels right for that purchase.
I am pretty old fashion. I do use the internet but mostly we speak with our dealer once a week or so. He has become a good friend over the years and he and Donnie spend time on the phone togeather. Knife shows are always a favorite but can only get to a few. As for the local hardware stores. We are fortunate enough to have a few friends in FL and GA that own family run hardware stores and they still carry knives. What that taught me was, when we are travelling...Stop and look...The old hardware store with the hand painted sign in the middle of nowhere? Sometimes they have some nice old "new" stock if you can get them to open the cabnits and let you look. Always an adventure anyway
Import directly from the smiths or makers. You know the saying best pasta is in Italy and so on.
Robert, join my wagon and I'll send you on a journey you won't regret :)
Steve for the last couple years I have used e-bay there more choices an better prices for most of the time a lot of dealers only have new knives an not all the patterns and handles materials, But I"m looking at vintage knives in new condition.
LOL...Your just a knife junkie. Ain't it fun!!
I like to be able to hold a knife first also.
The hardware store option is faiding fast these days. There are a couple that I like to visit in North Carolina, when we're in the area.
I've been dissapointed with internet shopping, in the past, tho SMKW will always stand behind your purchases.
Currently in the middle of a transaction with a dealer that was reccomended by another iKC member, that looks promising.