Lars Ray
  • Mckinney, TX
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Lars Ray's Discussions

Mossberg MSG9899 General Purpose Hunter and Skinning Knife

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ray Apr 24, 2015. 6 Replies

Not too long ago I uploaded some photos of my Mossberg MSG9899 Skinning knife into my Gun Maker’s Knives Photo Album. To my surprise, I received several comments – well questions actually – about its…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #14 - Western W35 Bowie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shlomo ben Maved May 20, 2015. 17 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #13 - Colonial Executive

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ray Apr 9, 2015. 2 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue

iKC Member in Need Request #12 - Colonial Shur Snap Switch Blade

Started this discussion. Last reply by steve @ colonial knife Apr 13, 2016. 9 Replies

The NeedSimilar to my first request, please take a look at this and the other postings I have similar to this one and share with me what you know about it. My goal is to use the information you…Continue


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If all knives are tools, and they are the oldest tools known to man, then why not own one with some style. I am always on the hunt for an "ideal" knife.

After all - the best knife in the world is the one you carry!

Profile Information

How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
I found iKC while researching my Imperial Kamp King knife.
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
46 to 50 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Sharp ones! While I am always on the look out for the ideal knife, I specialize in fixed blades - Bowies, Daggers, and Combat knives primarily, but I've been known to pick up a folder or two when they capture my imagination. In the broadest sense, I am a collector of edged pieces - Swords, Knives, Bayonets, Ethnographic / Aboriginal, and Historical.
About Me
I am passionate about all edged pieces...Knives, Bayonets, and Swords. Always looking for the ideal knife, I collect knives when I cannot afford a Bayonet. I collect Bayonets when I cannot afford a Sword. When I can afford a Sword, I look to see how many knives I can buy for the same money. And so it goes.

I am also a firm believer that a sword is just an over sized knife, and equally worthy of collecting!

Joined February 23, 2015. Never been sorry.

My dedicated email to all things edged: Szabla.collector@gmail.com (Szabla = Polish for Sabre)
Edged weapons, wood working (treen ware), back country exploration, music, Polish cuisine.
I love using the hunting knives I collect in preparing the food I make and enjoy.
Other Hobbies
Hot Wheels, cycling - road touring, Polish BBQ, Former member of the Bayonet Collectors Network - a global community of passionate bayonet enthusiasts (shut down in 2015)

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At 9:01 on February 20, 2023, Marc-Olivier Sylvain said…

Hello Lars! thanks for your input i am new in the knife collection i am very interested to exchange with you guys !


At 22:15 on February 17, 2023, Charles Early said…

We moved there in 1999 from TN for work. I retired, and we moved back to TN to be close to family. My wife and loved McKinney too, although I think it was getting a little too big for me.

At 20:56 on February 17, 2023, Charles Early said…

Thanks, Lars Ray. I will have lots of questions..  

I noticed you reside in my old hometown.

At 20:47 on January 29, 2023, Derek said…

Thank you, those cutlass' are for one of my customers on the USS Bataan.  The chiefs mess gives these out for transfer gifts.   Where are you located at? I'm in Chesapeake VA.   If you sent me some knives to work on what would you want put on them?

At 14:32 on October 31, 2022, Kenneth Levin said…

Lars, apologies for the poor communication, had a lot going on lately.

Let's try and get together for a coffee soon.  Cheers,


At 1:31 on October 25, 2022, Ben Bamber said…

Really appreciate your note which came via email, I'll be following that up, perfect!

Owe you one!


At 8:40 on August 5, 2022, Kregg Galbreath said…

Hi Lars,

Thank you for welcoming me. Reading your bio, it looks like your into many different collectibles. I’m looking forward to learning from the community.

At 9:57 on July 31, 2022, Ben North said…

iKC exclusive reviews would be cool. We hope to be writing more stuff likr "How To Lose Your Knife In A  Bar" in the next few months. It is easy to get caught up in knife reviews and forget about ridiculous commentary on knife culture.

We will definitely be linking to threads here at iKC now that we have found it. There is a lot of great info tucked away here.

At 9:47 on July 30, 2022, Ben North said…

Ha ha. Thanks Lars. Much appreciated. Glad you enjoy NBK.  

I can't believe I just now found IKC. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks here, and I will definitely be spending some time here sipping whiskey and learning stuff.

At 8:27 on July 12, 2022, Heavy L said…

Thanks Lars, I see you're a collector of bayonets. I know nothing about bayonets, but have one that has been passed down to me. It's supposedly a Japanese bayonet from WWII (but you know how family war stories can be). I'll send you a pic sometime and maybe you can tell me a little about it.  

Latest Activity

Lars Ray commented on Jan Carter's group iKnifecollector GEAR
"Boom chakka-lakka lakka boom! Come to papa!"
Nov 15
Lars Ray commented on Jeremy B. Buchanan's photo

Battle Horse Knives

"That's quite a collection you have there Jeremy...and a small fortune! I love learning about makers I have not heard of before. I visted the BHK website - nice! So did you and the family do the BHK Camp out ? If you did, we want to hear all…"
Nov 13
Lars Ray commented on Jan Carter's status
"Oh man....somewhere I missed the memo to purchase my 2024 calendar...is too late to place my order?"
Nov 9
Lars Ray replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Oh wow - well done! What a great legacy, and what beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing - "
Nov 8
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

TwoSun Green Micarta

"Well you've been super busy here...get new film for the camera did you?  :-)  Great new photos - all of them. But I REALLY like this one - Two Sun....that's a new name for me.  Well done Maestro (capitalized to mean a…"
Oct 28
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

Merry Pumpkining!

"There's our favorite pumpkin carver! Well done, as usual!"
Oct 27
Lars Ray replied to John's discussion Goin’s Encyclopedia
"Hi ya John -  I'm familiar with the Goin’s Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings which includes other collectable sharp objects such as razors, I think this is the same thing....but you're right - these books range anywhere from $110…"
Oct 27
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's album

CFK knives

"Oh that is so cool.... when a knife feels good to use and it holds up - nothing is better!"
Oct 20
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's album

CFK knives

"This is a great album you've started...nice variety. Tell me, the knife you sharpened three times in one day...was that because it doesn't hold an edge, or because it stands up to the tough chores you put it through?"
Oct 20
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo


"Oh now that is a great looking subhilt....well done you! Camel bone / rams horn - a great combo! Hard to tell on this photo...is the guard and subhilt brass or SS? Thanks for sharing..."
Oct 20
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

Cold Steel Drop Forged Dagger

"DLKG....Siema? OK - I'm beating the Christmas rush and coveting your knife now! This is beautiful. Absolutely love it. I'm still not sold on the drop forge look of the handle, but then I have not held one in person. Tell me it's…"
Oct 20
Lars Ray left a comment for Tommy Bunk
"Hey ya Tommy! Sorry it took me so long to respond to your request - been having some PC issues. Regardless - thanks for the request! Always happy to add someone new as a fellow "Blade Head"  :-)"
Aug 16
Lars Ray commented on Tommy Bunk's photo

Hutch Display

"What a great display - combining the the Balckthorns along with the Case knives....brilliant!"
Aug 12
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion Took too long - A Sugar Beet Knife byClyde Cutlery Co.
"Yea...but will it harvest any beets?  :-) Nicely done! As with most if not all of your restoration projects, these look fabulous! You took a utilitarian tool and made it a hansome collectible. And the brass pins over steel really adds a nice…"
Aug 5
Lars Ray replied to Dennis Hibar's discussion A new iKC calendar and a new year of knives!
"Oh sweet! Nothing says "let's have steak!" like a Dan Graves Damascus walarus ivory drop point!  :-) Thanks for sharing amigo - "
Aug 1
Lars Ray replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Ontario Knife Company to be Liquidated
"Arrgh...Uroniłem łzę, a moje serce krwawi. I an so sorry to hear this. I have owned many, sold some, and enjoyed them all.  As always DLKG, you've done an outstanding job on the intel, research, and fact finding. Thanks so much for sharing…"
Jul 25

Lars Ray's Blog

Fun Summer Project for My Granddaughter

Posted on July 24, 2022 at 17:49 8 Comments

My 10 year old granddaughter has been into photography for several years now, growing her skills with her dad's "hand-me-down" digital cameras. This last Christmas, she got all rigged out with new tripod, new camera bag, memory cards, and a bunch of other great camera gear. Earlier this summer she was showing me some of her photos...lots of them...and I was actually surprised! I mean I have to like them all....she's my granddaughter. But I was impressed with her eye and her skills of working…


Sheaths, Scabbards, Frogs, and Throgs

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 11:47 1 Comment

I was wandering around some of the older discussions recently and I came across one that grabbed my interest. Eight years ago, iKC member Robert Burris started a discussion called “Knife Carry?” and asked the question “What is the difference between a "Sheath"...." Scabbard"... or "Frog?"…


The Cutting Edge: Collecting Inexpensive Knives

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 14:56 10 Comments

Spend any time on the internet whatsoever looking up knife stuff, and you’re bound to hit a few dozen discussions regarding “cheap” knives. In this context, cheap is referring to poor quality in materials, construction, performance, or any combination thereof. Today, cheap knives are almost synonymous with anything made in China, Pakistan, or other parts of Asia.

This is unfortunate, because many inexpensive knives come from these same regions, and they are anything but cheap. Even…


The Cutting Edge: Hidden Gems - the ugly ducklings of knives

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 20:31 8 Comments

We all have them…those knives we bought some time ago…years maybe…that we really did not intend to add to our collections. We see them as disposable tools, junk knives, knives not worth mentioning or are too embarrassing to admit you ever owned.

I have a handful of such knives – those blades I purchased for a specific need at the time and really didn't care if I ever lost it, broke it, had it stolen (no such luck), or just neglected it because I no longer cared about it.



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