Doug Gerdes
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  • Franklin, IL
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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Knife World
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
46 to 50 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Mostly the classic pocket knives. I got my first pocket knife from Santa when I was in the single digits and I have been collecting ever since. To paraphrase Lee Ermy, I like wood on my guns and leather on my knives!
About Me
Retired 30 year law enforcement officer, opened my knife/leather shop in 2012, "COCAJO Blades and Leather". I built my shop with the idea of making knives, but the leather half has taken off beyond my expectations so that's where most of my time is now spent. Custom leather of your design....
Blades of all types, trapshooting, everything outdoors....
Other Hobbies
hunting, camping, survival, bushcraft.

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The Ultimate Judge

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 23:09 0 Comments

Nature is the ultimate judge, she cares not our color, sex, handicaps or abilities. She has no preferences, guilt, remorse or pride. In the end, when all we know is gone nature will find balance and the flowers will bloom again...


Mind Walks

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 19:16 0 Comments

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.…


Quote of the day...

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 15:14 8 Comments

If God grants me a day where I smell woodsmoke, coffee, gunpowder, wet dog, worn leather, bourbon and a friendly pipe, I will... truly....reek... of happiness....

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At 19:09 on November 25, 2013, J.J. Smith III said…
LOL. Used to smoke pipes also, but the boss lady said they made me look old. Guess that doesn't matter much any more...
At 12:19 on November 24, 2013, Jan Carter said…


I am just getting a chance to take a look at some of your pics.  OMG you can put together some leather!!!

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At 1:08 on November 24, 2013, Ron Cooper said…


I am truly honored to be included as one of your friends! Great looking leather work you're doing. Nice looking shop you've set up, also! Let me know if you need any help getting settled in around here. And, again, welcome aboard, mate!


At 17:03 on November 23, 2013, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

Hey there, Doug! Welcome to iKnife! Come on in, kick back and check things out. There's some handy tips on our front page to help you find your way around, and some fantastic people in the Chat room if you have any questions or want to shoot the breeze. Site rules are also on the main page, and if you get creative, you can customise your My Page to suit your own style! Hope you enjoy your stay with us! Great to have you on board!


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