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A Wonderful Christmas Conspiracy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ray Jan 9. 5 Replies

If you have spent any time browsing iKC over the last two years, you will have come across the work of member Kevin Drummond at one point or another. He’s that guy who seems to find really neat old…Continue

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

 

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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!

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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 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 !

Cheers.

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,

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.  

Latest Activity

Lars Ray left a comment for Bill Gerard
"Hi Bill - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here. Feel free to browse around and explore the groups of interest to you...better yet, join a few! Feel free to add comments, share collection photos, or just ask questions. Always someone…"
Saturday
Lars Ray left a comment for Charles
"Well geez...Where's my manners? Howdy neighbor! (McKinney, TX) Let me echo my fellow members in welcoming you to iKC - we're glad you're here. If you love sharp pointy things...this IS the place to be.  Let's…"
Saturday
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's status
"Oh dude...so sorry to hear this. I know how much such issues can take vital resouces such as money and time away from life's real priorities...like knife shopping, knife restoration, bay research (that's short for "bayonet" for…"
Saturday
Lars Ray replied to Sue OldsWidow's discussion Valentines Day at IKC.............
"Oh Dude...stop! Groan...we get the Point. (LoL....good ones bro!)"
Feb 15
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion New Kiridashi in the group BOX FULL OF KNIVES
"Oh very nice! I think it's safe to say that no matter what the perceived quailty of the knife or tool is, it just seems to work and perfrom better when it's all cleeaned and prettied up. Particularly if you're the one who put in the…"
Feb 10
Lars Ray replied to Sue OldsWidow's discussion Valentines Day at IKC.............
"Oh these are great! Thanks for sharing..."
Feb 9
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo
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Boker Dessert Warrior Clip Point

"LoL! Nice retort.... I liked it and can't disagree with any of it.  Donuts....that's what I was missing on the other one. I knew it wasn't Barbie - just couldn't place it.  Yepper - I like them all.....well done you"
Feb 6
Lars Ray replied to Dennis Hibar's discussion A new iKC calendar and a new year of knives!
"Oh nice! I see too that it's actually whittler than last month's model... :-)"
Feb 1
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo
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"Oh nooooooo...did DLKG just go Barbie on us?    Ever been to the desert? This will be hard to lose if dropped, that's for sure! Nicely done sir - "
Feb 1
Lars Ray left a comment for Keith Richard Bisciotti
"Hi Keith - welcome to iKC....we're glad you're here! OK - a chef with survival knives....I dig it! Can't wait to hear the stories, read the comments, and see the photos! Lots to see and do around here - and the groups....oh, to die…"
Jan 20
Lars Ray left a comment for Randel Donges
"Hi Randel - welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here!  A knife nut eh? Perfect! Most everyone here is too....and if they say they are not, they're lying. If you havn't already wandered arounbd the place, please feel free to…"
Jan 20
Lars Ray commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Thanks James for sharing this - it's a great yet simple tutorial for the likes of me, and those like me. A great tour of your kit as well...particularly your anvils. I have some basic knowledge of what makes a bladesmith shop beyond what is…"
Jan 17
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo
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SOG Seal XR dirt time

"Oooooh....I like this one! It's got that "Don't dick with me" look and attitude...."
Jan 15
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion For those who Question - A Knife Identification Thread in the group BOX FULL OF KNIVES
""You're killing me Smalls".... you couldn't find an easier knife to research? Those Swiss swords we were chasing was easier than this! (inside joke) OK - so far I have been able to confirm everything you've stated so…"
Jan 13
Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion For those who Question - A Knife Identification Thread in the group BOX FULL OF KNIVES
"So is the Olsen also a model 6265? Or is this the Case model number and the Olsen just looks similar in design (similar to the Buck 110 folding hunter and the Kline 44037 Sportsman) ?"
Jan 13
Lars Ray left a comment for Chris
"Hi Chris - welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here! Full discloseure - I had to do a crash course on Morseth knives so I could better understand and appreciate your passion - boy howdy! I can see why you like these so much. They are quite…"
Jan 13

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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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