Chris Stookey
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"I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes" General Omar N. Bradley, USA.
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
31 to 35 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Folders. Fixed blade Bowie-style. Japanese swords. Spanish swords.
About Me
I'm a martial artist and shootist that specializes in handguns (both pistols and revolvers). I've been collecting knives for over 30 years and still have my very first pocket knife and first fixed blade knives. To this very day, I am constantly learning about knives and guns...and the internet has turned out to be a great and convenient wealth of knowledge!
Knives, swords, axes, handguns, rifles, martial arts, classical music, hiking, wildlife, forests, deserts, mountains, fishing, reading, animals, carving, American history, world history and collecting bits and pieces of history.
Other Hobbies
Knives, guns, more knives, more guns, books, hiking...outdoors, martial arts and more martial arts.

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An approach to knife collecting...

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 15:52 4 Comments

Knife collecting is certainly an enjoyable hobby. Different people collect for different reasons and most people collect for multiple reasons. Some of the reasons are:

* Enjoyment. Life is a challenging experience for most people. It comes with good times, bad times and a lot of time that is best quantified as being neither good nor bad...but more a means to one of the other outcomes. Having enjoyable hobbies makes our life journey more pleasant and provides a nice…


Buried Steel Treasure: Big Book of Pocket Knives and Belknap-John Primble knives

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 17:00 2 Comments

Buried Steel Treasure: Big Book Of Pocket Knives…and the discovery of Belknap-John Primble knives



A few months ago, I discovered an absolutely wonderful series of books. All of the books in the series are authored by the team of Ron Stewart and Roy Ritchie. These fine gentlemen have been around for quite a while…and their names are likely quite familiar to any serious collector of vintage pocket knives. Even though I’ve…


Buried Steel Treasure: a Keen Discovery

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 21:22 1 Comment

Well friends, it’s been quite some time since I last visited iKnifeCollector. Suffice it to say that other things in life took priority. As I’m sure many of you have experienced yourselves, life is like that…particularly when you are past the midpoint in your own existence. Nevertheless, my interest in knives hasn’t wavered a bit. In fact, my continuing and growing affinity for traditional slip joint knives is connecting strongly with the stage that I’m at in life.


As any of…


Burke, Idaho: A Modern Ghost Town and a Lesson in Economics Pt. 6, The End.

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 16:06 3 Comments

So...here we are. The end of an era. That phrase..."The end of an era"...has been so overused. Perhaps...just perhaps...it's use here lacks the correct..."gravity".

In Part 5, I showed you photos of the Hecla Mining operation...or, more specifically, the ruins that still exist. I stated that even though mining operations had long since ceased, Hecla's main headquarters continued to function in Burke all the way into 1982. And then...the inevitable finally happened; they closed…


Burke, Idaho: A Modern Ghost Town and a Lesson in Economics Pt. 5

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 17:36 0 Comments

Once again, I'll pick up my little story about Burke, Idaho. In Part #4, I conveyed a snapshot of history involving the most infamous of the Hercules Silve Mine's owners, Mr. Horsley. I also started to show you some images of the Hecla Mining Operation that lined one side of the town of Burke. I promised more photos...so here we go!

Though in Part 4, I showed…


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At 21:36 on April 1, 2014, Jan Carter said…

It is April first and you have become a featured member. Thank you for all you do here at iKC

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At 14:48 on January 8, 2012, Andrew Forsythe said…

Thanks, Chris.  I had noticed your nice GEC #73 Scout single blade in Cocobolo, which caught my attention since I had my eye on one exactly like it.  I actually pulled the trigger on it last night, so it should be here later this week.

I like a firm pull just fine, but didn't want a nail buster, so I have my fingers crossed on this one. 

I had been debating between the linerlock and slippie versions, and ultimately decided on the slippie.

Generally, I was just interested in your thoughts on this knife.


Thanks again,





At 22:43 on October 30, 2011, Randy, HHH Knives said…

Chris, After some trial and error I found a HOME for the Work In Progress. Heres a link brother.. :) 



At 19:36 on October 30, 2011, Randy, HHH Knives said…

Message me or give me a call when you get a chance. 


God Bless YA


At 19:35 on October 30, 2011, Randy, HHH Knives said…

Chris, IM BACK!


Hey brother How have ya been?  I wanted to invite yo to check out the WIP or Work In Progress Thread I am doing..  We are Forging a Meteorite into a damascus bar, Then making it into a awesome knife!  Thought you might like to see the progress. :) I started a BLOG.. but dont like the way it goes backwards from oldest post to newest post.. Will make it hard to follow a WIP. So Im going back to the drawing board and gona try something else like a discussion in the meteorite group. 

At 14:34 on August 30, 2011, Frank Spierings said…

Hi Chris,

I ended up on Iknifecollector due to your knife reviews.

Great job on the Benchmade reviews.

I also saw you have an Omega MII, Sir I envy you!

This is my grail knife.

Should you ever sell it I'm your man!



At 6:38 on June 18, 2011, Stan T said…
Chris, Thanks for the comments and checking out my knives. I like when you prompt me to your page as I love looking at your photos. Lots of great stuff. I also really like your blogs. Thanks for the great contributions to the site. It sure helps the rest of us learn and enjoy.
At 21:31 on June 3, 2011, Billy Oneale said…
I posted some pictures of some of my new GEC knives at the Great Eastern Group. It's show time with out much to tell.
At 21:36 on May 22, 2011, Billy Oneale said…
Chris, here is a citadel I bought about a month ago. I have a few good ones to show when I get them uploaded. Here is a start just for you. I've bought a few Bulldogs and a Fight'n Rooster sunfish . I will add them to my photos in the near future. I've been trying to catalog some of my cheap imported knives and get everything cataloged and listed. What a time consuming chore. I've also been trying to get everything I have on pictures.

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