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Billy,

You need a knife room!

Yes I do, Jan, or get rid of some of them.

Robert, I had some extra money and bought a lot with it. I will never get my money back, But I'm not into this hobby to make money.

Thanks, Johnny. some day I will see how many I do have.

Billy some knives hold their value and some increase in value over the years. I have a bunch that have gone up in value. Example " I bought a AG. Russell years ago for $160, right now they are selling fast on Ebay for $200 to $225. You should beable to get at least what you paid for alot of them.

I am with you Billy, no profit there but fun!!

This is my Dog Box of Bones...Schrade, Camillus, Case, Western...just 3 requirements...good bone, dirty as heck or abused, and Cheap. When money gets tight and I'm getting the Knife Buying Withdrawals, I can usually find something to add to the box. Most of these had abused blades..wire brushes, steel wool, grinder marks..Still a bunch in there to clean up. 

Schrade Walden 895 before

After...no buffing on the blades...wet dry sandpaper..finished with 2000

Doug that cleaned up well and I agree.  When the dollars are tighter you look for users that will make youay and the pocket happy.  Nothing like giving new life to an abuse beauty!

Wow! Nice clean up job. It looks great.

Thanks for the nice comments, they are much appreciated.

I know that a lot of collectors disagree with polishing blades, changing them from the factory finish.  When I first started collecting I asked for advice about this from several collectors I respected. The best advice was from a gentleman in Tennessee. He pointed out that dirt and patina are two different things, and that it was my collection...  I have to admit a weakness for bright , shiney things. Schrade stopped using bone on most of their knives, other than SFO's...special factory orders, by the early 60's. I love the old patterns and jigged bone handles but finding a bright and shiney, bone handled Schrade 895 like the one above is difficult and spendy. The blades on the one above had not been abused..they were nearly black from the high carbon content of the steel and I could have cleaned the handles and left the patina on the blades..as many collectors would argue. That's where the second piece of advice comes in...it's my collection. Buffing old blades will make any pitting multiply like crazy. Wet dry sandpaper takes a lot longer but gives me a much better result with little metal loss. I'm retired, I've got nothing but time, and one of these days I'll have enough "old bones" to fill a good sized display frame.  

Doug,

There is nothing wrong (in my eyes) with giving an old knife new life.  Investing time in your collection is something we could all do more of.  Donnie does a lot of his cleaning while sitting on the couch watching TV.  Time that would have been spent in the same space just with idle hands



Jan Carter said:

Doug,

There is nothing wrong (in my eyes) with giving an old knife new life.  Investing time in your collection is something we could all do more of.  Donnie does a lot of his cleaning while sitting on the couch watching TV.  Time that would have been spent in the same space just with idle hands

Jan,

Some collectors only buy pristine knives and I understand this, but there are many used knives in my collection that would have been way out of my reach in pristine shape. Like my Dad used to say..not everyone can afford a Cadillac, but everyone wants to drive.

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