The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
Just started collecting? Want a place to learn and ask questions about our hobby? No dumb questions here. Seasoned iKC collectors provide direction and help with basic questions
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2022
Collecting is one of the most enjoyable hobbies. It brings years of satisfaction and provides for great friendships.
If you are relatively new to knife collecting- you are faced with thousands of choices. There are more knives out there than we have the money to buy, so which way do you go?
There are a number of factors and decisions that go into building a collection and our goal with this iKC Group is to help you sort though those choices.
Almost every collector started out by grabbing whatever we liked, almost without rhyme or reason. While this is one way to start off, it can be extremely expensive. Most collectors eventually settle-in at some point and focus on a type of knife, a maker, a pattern or particular use.
It's OK to buy what you like, but determining WHY you like knives and your goal for your collection are the most important questions you can answer for yourself as early as possible. And before we go much further here.
Our group here is to help you think this through.
Started by Lars Ray. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 18, 2015. 14 Replies 3 Likes
Ethnographic and Aboriginal knives – at one time I could hardly spell these terms let alone understand what they meant. The title itself is enough to turn away crowds at any self-respecting knife…Continue
Started by Lars Ray. Last reply by Lars Ray Mar 17, 2015. 27 Replies 4 Likes
Have a simple discussion with another collector and one topic is always bound to occur - someone will ask, "what do you collect?" Sometimes the answer is simple - Folders or Fixed blades. Spend more…Continue
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Started by Steve Scheuerman (Manx). Last reply by Tobias Gibson May 16, 2017. 16 Replies 8 Likes
I just wanted to stress to everyone to do your homework on your purchases before you buy them. Knock offs are everywhere, and everyone stands at risk of this diabolical practice. My son and I were…Continue
Tags: offs, knock, counterfeits
Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by Andy Larrison May 20, 2017. 7 Replies 6 Likes
I've been doing a series of you tube videos on Traditional Pattern Knives. The videos are being made with the novice knife collector in mind. I will be adding them to my page and to this thread. …Continue
Started by Bobby Horn. Last reply by Tobias Gibson Jun 25, 2014. 6 Replies 2 Likes
With all the negative discussion about Chinese-made knives, I wanted to add my two cents based on actual experience, not rumors and second hand information. I am comparing my three newest knives-…Continue
Started by Bobby Horn. Last reply by Brian Martin Sep 6, 2013. 1 Reply 2 Likes
When I get a used knife I like to take it to a decent edge. What criteria do you use. Slice paper, shave hair, others? Sorry my microscope is broken and I am too old to eyeball edge :)
Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by D ale Mar 11, 2016. 3 Replies 2 Likes
Until recently I had never heard the term "slip joint knife". At first I thought it must be a type of knife that opened differently than a standard pocket knife. From my own research I think I have…Continue
Started by Mel Jones. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 15, 2015. 14 Replies 3 Likes
I have collected knives, not seriously, for many years, but now I would like to create a collection that can be added to on a regular basis and that has some semblance of meaning to me. I am…Continue
Started by Ira Landsman. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 22, 2015. 14 Replies 3 Likes
I am a new collector. I follow ebay to gain an understanding of the cost of knives. I was blown away by this one.…Continue
Started by Michael Forbes. Last reply by Shlomo ben Maved Mar 11, 2016. 9 Replies 1 Like
Found this at my grandfathers old house and it seems to have some sort of value. Older with what appears to be some form of middle-eastern writing. thanks for the help. …Continue
Started by Jim Child. Last reply by Ricky L McConnell Nov 25, 2013. 5 Replies 1 Like
Okay! Trying to be organized I've set up a database in HanDBase (synchs between my laptop and my Droid smartphone) and every knife has been assigned "a number."That's all good and well but now I need…Continue
Started by Patrick Tetangco. Last reply by Alexander Noot Aug 28, 2014. 3 Replies 1 Like
What is the best all around knife steel? Something robust but also stainless. How good is ZDP 189 & M4?How is the rust resistance of D2?Continue
Started by kage. Last reply by Mel Jones Jan 2, 2012. 14 Replies 1 Like
At some point in time as your collection grows, you may find the need to maintain your knives, in order to keep them sharp, functioning and to preserve their potential value. As a beginning…Continue
Tags: User, Maintenance, Knives, Gear, Collector
Started by Andrew P. Last reply by dead_left_knife_guy Jan 23, 2015. 8 Replies 1 Like
I have a Solingen "big n little" set (I'll have to figure out the picture thing here shortly) that I have been told has Sambar Stag scales.I know the hot needle trick to discern plastic handgun…Continue
Started by Alan Stevens. Last reply by Alan Stevens Dec 27, 2009. 1 Reply 1 Like
Ok all knife collectors have purchased a fake or counterfeit knife at one time or another it simply goes with the territory. Unfortunately most Counterfeits are purchased by beginner collectors who…Continue
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Started by Scott King. Last reply by Ricky Messerle Feb 25, 2010. 11 Replies 1 Like
I don't know about you but lately I have found myself playing with my knife- while it's still in my pocket. I'll be talking to someone and find myself opening and closing the blade..I like the…Continue
Started by James Sosa. Last reply by Chris Pittman Dec 5, 2010. 3 Replies 1 Like
Ok, I'm looking for some info on what makes knives tick. Our collection depends on:1 - Looks, (is it pretty, does it have nice lines, is the style up to date or antique?), you can add more to this…Continue
Started by Scott King. Last reply by Bobby Horn Jul 17, 2013. 21 Replies 2 Likes
When we're first getting started into buying knives, whether to use or collect, it can be a trial and error kind of thing. Let's help each other out here and save us all some heart-ache and $$ by…Continue
Started by duncan lemp. Last reply by björn thompson Mar 5, 2012. 13 Replies 1 Like
Personaly ( im a kid and a beginer so ask sesoned people for the best answer) i like the byrd line ( yes B Y R D) from spyderco. I havent seen one but ive heard that the spyderco tenacius is good.I…Continue
Started by Michael B. Last reply by Bobby Horn Jul 17, 2013. 18 Replies 1 Like
What quality knives did you get when you first started collecting did you keep buying the cheap ones o did you jump right to the expensive ones
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They go for around $80! That's a serious price for a filet knife
I just found out about a new knife company called Bubba Blade (http://www.bubbablade.com/index.php) that uses 8Cr13Mov and has gotten some rave reviews in various knife and salt water fishing magazines.
It's comparable to AUS 8.
Leathermans are decent tools indeed. For a user you could do a lot worse.
As a beginner collector with a low budged i have a few 8Cr13Mov blades now and like them a lot. Yes you need to learn how to sharpen them a bit more often but for me i like the value for the money. I also have a Leatherman Crater C33 with a 420HC blade and like that a lot too. Its very good value for money and they seem to have the heath treatment down also. The quality is as you expect from a Leatherman.
It's all a matter of standards. Personally I won't mess around with a 420 blade. he only exception is Buck's 420HC but only because they have the heat treatment down right.
On any other manufacturer 440A or 8Cr13Mov is the lowest I'll go.
Just because there's no excuse for a crappy knife.
Knives in lower steels will work in a pinch or an emergency situation.....but anyone can do better than 420J. (Seriously that stuff dulls as soon as you look at it)
Bobby is the knife says stainless and the type of steel is not specified I would assume it is some grade of 420, most often 420J2 or some equivlent grade of steel such as 3CR13.
These are a tougher steel that will dull quickly. A quick check is to see a magnet will stick to the blade. If a magnet won't stick then the steel is very likely in the 300 series of stainless steels and is extremely poor quality.
Frost, Schrade, and several other companies use a 420 or nondescript 400 series of steel in their knives. Same with many of the low priced house brand knives use find in the big box stores like Walmart, Cabelas, and Bass Pro Shops.
Despite the horror stories you hear, depending on the intended use of the knife 420 stainless will do just fine. If you like the knife and it is working for you, then enjoy it and resign yourself to the fact you may never know what steel is used in the blade.
I have a couple of knives from China and Pakistan the only marking is Stainless and country of origin. Would it be safe to assume they are 440A steel or is there another steel more often used on the less expensive end?
Hello fellow collectors I have been collecting for 18 years and when I was new at collecting I started with knives that i like and it has been a great decision and I love my collection.The thing is if you dont like the knives in your collection collecting will not be as fullfiling a hoby as it could be just collect what you like and your collection will bring you alots of joy (at least it does with me) aslong you have it.Good luck new collectors.Here is some of my collection
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