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man...I love that Invicible. And David, your story about keeping the tang on your desk is great. I worked for the county for 30 yearss and I wish I did that.
Women collect a lot of things. Some of them collect almost everything. But few collect guns or knives, so when I meet a woman who is a 'collector' of antiques or collectibles I always bring up that I collect old knives. And when I was still collecting guns I let them know that too because I found that many had knives (especially) and guns (sometimes) that belonged to Dad or Grandad (or mom!) and they had no use for them. Bought a few that way.
When I could I used to hit antique stores and estate sales nearly every week. Our flea markets have pretty much all died off. I have gone to some pawn shops but never found too many that weren't hella expensive.
Now I go to our local Gun & Knife show 2x per year, stop at a yard sale if I see one, and mostly right now uy online. If anyone has knives for sale I am always interested especially in switchblades because they are so dang hard to find.
I think I will taattoo "I Buy Knives" on my forehead! Be cool if it blinked.
Mostly eBay......and friends.
Everytime I read this entry, I smile. It is such a joy to know that collectors are still out there that love the knives for the knives themselves. Very well said
David L. Anthony said:
I am a municipal Manager in NW Pennsylvania. On my desk is a limited edition CASE tang stamp display with a gorgeous Toenail in the middle of it. It gets lots of comments and inevitably ends up with "you know my dad had a couple of old knives, would you like to see them?" Would I!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes I end up getting one or two and sometimes I enlighten the owners as to what they have. Some worth big $$$ and some only sentimental value. It happens on a regular basis and provides me with hours of fun. Sometimes I find a keeper too.
I never sell or trade a knife given to me in this way. I always tell them that if they want it back. NO PROBLEM, I am just the keeper of the knife until the next person comes along that will take care of them and cherish their history like me.