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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

Profile
User/Collector
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)
No
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.
Website
http://www.renesanswoodcrafts.etsy.com
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)
Interests
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 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,

Ken

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!

BB

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.  

At 18:19 on May 9, 2022, Kenneth Levin said…

Got a few stories and it would be good to get together soon. This week and next are shot, family in town and then off to CA for a wedding.  Maybe the week of the 23rd.  I'll pack up a few intriguing items!

Ken 214-912-9909

At 21:57 on May 5, 2022, Kenneth Levin said…

Lars,

Thanks for reaching out, yes we are very near each other, I actually work in Richardson! Al Mar was a good friend and so was the gentleman he sold hos company to as well.  Had some unique knives by Al, including one he personally scrimshawed with a rat! Love older Randalls, sadly sold about a dozen of t hem a few years back...like old Gerbers too. I go way back with Lynn Thompson from CS knives, probably 35 years or more.  We should try and get together in the next few weeks.  Cheers, KML

At 0:17 on April 22, 2022, James Pedigo said…

I really appreciate your help I bet your dead on I knew it wasn’t super old but I could tell it was well made the handle is antler for sure but it has no markings which seems odd for something made this well idk I gotta figure this picture thing out I have an old military (I think) knife I love to show you thank you again for the info 

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Derek left a comment for Lars Ray
"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…"
Jan 29
Lars Ray left a comment for Derek
"Hi Derek - welcome to iKC! Good looking engraving work. I just might have to send you some pieces.  So spill the beans...how did you come to have three Ames M1860 USN Cutlasses? With scabbards no less? Awesome!!! I have one dated 1862, but…"
Jan 29
Lars Ray left a comment for Carlton
"Hi Carlton - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here. So you're relatively new to knife collecting...nice. This is certainly the place to grow your knowledge and to help refine what you like and don't like. But when it comes to…"
Jan 29
Lars Ray posted a status
"Whoot! My 2023 iKC Calendar arrived! Man I look good in January."
Jan 4
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion A recently acquired WWII combat knife in the group Tactical & Combat Collectors Club
"Yep - you're right, I think I was thinking of your RH44 earlier...swine initials all look the same!  :-)"
Dec 17, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion A recently acquired WWII combat knife in the group Tactical & Combat Collectors Club
"How in the world did I miss not joining this group sooner? Sheesh...I am well behind my time here.... So Kevin - great find! You have several PAL knives now don't you? What a great add to the collection."
Dec 17, 2022
Lars Ray joined Keelen Grimm's group
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Dec 17, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Robert's discussion WW II Knife Identification
"Shucks brother...isn't that what we do around here?  :-)"
Dec 15, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Robert's discussion WW II Knife Identification
"Good deal. So don't waste time gabbing about it here....get those photos posted and let's see them all!  :-D"
Dec 15, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Nicholas oliver's discussion I have a rather large buck knife that is really awesome.
"Great responses Kevin! I think you nailed it in terms of the knife genre...it screams characteristics of every popular survival knife of the last 20+ years or so. I am at a loss to provide any additional details than what you already contributed.…"
Dec 14, 2022
Lars Ray replied to STEVE CLAY's discussion Help Identifying a Knife
"Hi Steve - Welcome to iKC!  My esteemed colleague, friend, gardener, and fellow iKC collector is correct - your knife is a model 840 pruner....or grafting knife if you prefer. Some refer to it as a banana knife because of its shape (not because…"
Dec 14, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Robert's discussion WW II Knife Identification
"P.S. - I forgot to add...being that this reportedly came from Germany makes sense, as this model dirk was also contracted from the French and issued to the German Fire Service. All things being equal, unless there are markings that identify either…"
Dec 14, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Robert's discussion WW II Knife Identification
"Hello Robert - welcome to iKC! Always good to have another bayonet collector in the club! (Yea - I read the bio!) This fabulous piece you have here is a French M1860 Naval Administration Officer's dirk, or poignard if you prefer. Based on…"
Dec 14, 2022
Lars Ray commented on Mike Bryant's photo
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"Oh now that is sweet Mike! "
Dec 8, 2022
Lars Ray replied to Dennis Hibar's discussion My 2022 Christmas GAW
"Woot woot! Way to go Jack! Congratulations! Thank you Dennis for hosting another fantastic Christmas GAW - always great fun. :-D"
Dec 4, 2022

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…

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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?"…

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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…

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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.

After…

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