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This discussion is all about the knives bearing the Colt brand.  Steve Koontz was instrumental at bring the Colt name to knives made at SMKW.  And while the bulk of the Colt knives are made in China (and some fixed blades inPakistan) Koonts also negotiated a contract with W.R. Case & Sons to have series of dual tang stamp Case/Colt knives for the Made in the USA crowd!

 So let's see some Colt knives regardless of where they are made.

I'll start off with this bad boy:  A Colt Buckshot Bone Congress.

CT479

·440A stainless steel blades with reverse frosted master blade embellishments

·Buckshot Bone handle

·Brass pins and liners

·Nickel silver "rampant colt" shield and fancy bolsters

·3-3/4" closed pocket knife

Made in China.

Truly an exceptional build and well worth the $15-$20 you'll pay for it! My pictures don't do it justice.

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Those Dirks remind me of the Rough Rider GI Toothpick

Of course, the sheaths for the colts are a little mote form fitting.  The one for the Rough Rider is much to big and bulky for what is essentially a small hide-away knife.  The Colts look like nice little office knives

I like the dirks, have to get a look at one of those on my next trip!

The Colts were razor sharp

Here are the Colts I have accumulated, and every one of them is a well made utterly usable pocket knife. I carry the Blue Bone Scout knife daily in a belt sheath in case I need a tool, the Canoe with Genuine Stag handles in my right front pocket, and the Brown Stag Bone Double Lockback fits in my watch pocket when I wear jeans. Can't wait for them to develop some pocket wear.

I really like the looks of those Dirks!!

Billy Oneale said:

This is Haley's dirk. it even poked a hole in the sheath.

Syd, I don't collect Colts but I do collect Rough Riders.  I think they are made in the same factory.  The RR's are utterly usable pocket knives too.

Syd Carr said:

Here are the Colts I have accumulated, and every one of them is a well made utterly usable pocket knife.

Yup, I agree. The fact that so much manufacturing has gone overseas is of course tragic, but it doesn't change the fact that China is producing relative high quality products. I guess if you can afford to buy US-made knives exclusively I say go for it, but don't deride those who can't afford them. Simple fact is a good knife is a good knife, even if it came from Mars.

Charles Sample said:

Syd, I don't collect Colts but I do collect Rough Riders.  I think they are made in the same factory.  The RR's are utterly usable pocket knives too.

Syd Carr said:

Here are the Colts I have accumulated, and every one of them is a well made utterly usable pocket knife.

My main problem with both brands is that when it come to the patterns I collect there are limited options available. Now with Colt knives at their end that line, at least via SMKW is finished. In any case, the colt traditional pattern knives were not that much different than the Rough Riders, quality wise. They seemed to have spent more on the packaging which did little to improve performance or how it works in the pocket.

Still the Colts did have a slightly better finish. Hopefully SMKW will start offering some new handles on large toothpicks and scout knives. Maybe a couple more fish knives as well. I'll try and post a couple pics of the last Colts I bought. I'm happy with them but I seriously doubt their value will go up in my life time it my kids life time. Of course that isn't why I bought them!

ok, if they start making them on Mars I want one LOL

Other than that, I like the RR & the Colt lines.  I am sorry Colt has made some other decisions, I am certainly hoping one of them is to extend the Case/Colt line.  I do not however know if they are worth the cost upgrade as I have never used one

I didn't buy my RR's expecting them to go up either.  I bought them because I like them.  They are a nice knife and I can build a nice collection without breaking the bank.

Tobias Gibson said:

My main problem with both brands is that when it come to the patterns I collect there are limited options available. Now with Colt knives at their end that line, at least via SMKW is finished. In any case, the colt traditional pattern knives were not that much different than the Rough Riders, quality wise. They seemed to have spent more on the packaging which did little to improve performance or how it works in the pocket.

Still the Colts did have a slightly better finish. Hopefully SMKW will start offering some new handles on large toothpicks and scout knives. Maybe a couple more fish knives as well. I'll try and post a couple pics of the last Colts I bought. I'm happy with them but I seriously doubt their value will go up in my life time it my kids life time. Of course that isn't why I bought them!
If I was going to buy expecting more in value later, I probably would have mostly customs. That being said, I am not rich and all the knives that I have bought was because I liked them and wanted them. I have several sets of Frost branded knives that I bought just to get a bunch of patterns in one particular handle material or color. I do like all my knives regardless of cost. I even went through a fantasy knife period. Most of those are ending up with one of my son's. He seems to enjoy them. Besides, when I die, I can't take them with me. I say buy what you like and enjoy them. It is,however,important to have really good knives you would trust with your life. You never know what will happen in the future. That being said, I like my Colt's that I have.

I can see a day when a few RR knives, or possibly a particular series of RR knives might be collectible twenty or so years down the road, but not for a long time if ever. In the meantime I just like being able to get a decent, usable and attractive knife for under $20; you couldn't even do that back in the 70's.

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