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Lars Ray
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  • 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!

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.
Other Hobbies
Hot Wheels, cycling - road touring, Polish BBQ, Member of the Bayonet Collectors Network - a global community of passionate bayonet enthusiasts.

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At 14:16 on January 19, 2022, Hank said…

Thanks!  I live outside Houston, so we are sorta neighbors.  I have become very interested in the history of the knives I have come across. I really appreciate that people that are much more knowledge about knives are willing to share on these forums. 

At 19:00 on December 13, 2021,
KnifeMaker
Wade
said…

Thank you,  it's nice to be here. 

At 20:04 on November 16, 2021, Michael Due said…
Thanks for the welcome sir. Man it sure is hard to buy GEC knives. Been collecting Case for about 40 years, just getting into GEC. Looking to learn from folks.
At 17:11 on November 3, 2021, harry e karmun said…

thank you ! its an interesting site !

At 4:32 on October 26, 2021, Christopher Marshall said…

Many thanks for the welcome. Wisdom, not too sure about that.

At 23:34 on October 19, 2021,
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dead_left_knife_guy
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Lars, Siema!  Dziekuje!  (That's the limit of my Polish -- despite having a serious girlfriend about 20+ years ago who emigrated from Warsaw.)  I hope you're doing well also, and have to say I'm really glad you're here -- you've got great taste in blades!

At 12:49 on October 16, 2021, Co de Bruijn said…

Hallo Lars,

Ik heb mezelf op deze website omdat ik nieuwsgierig ben of er ook DAK messen verhandeld worden. Ik heb zelf namelijk nog een paar jaartallen van dit soort messen liggen en was benieuwd voor welke prijzen deze messen verkocht worden.

At 14:49 on October 15, 2021, Roman Inozemtsev said…

Hi and thank you!

At 10:27 on October 15, 2021, J.J. Smith III said…

Don't know what happened to your post on my covid bead pic.  I was adding another comment and they both disappeared.

But I went through a bunch of crap, and I'm not sure I wanted to go shopping for a crap knife. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

At 12:15 on October 14, 2021, Craig Puryear said…
Thanks for the warm welcome, I do the blade restoration mainly due my interest in the individual history of the piece and to preserve its relevance to the previous and current owners. It also is great therapy for my ptsd .
I have a Facebook page called Craig’s Knife Life if you are on that platform. I have a lot of before and after pictures. To me no knife is to far gone, they all have some value to someone.

Latest Activity

Lars Ray replied to Kevin D's discussion A couple of projects - hand plane restoration
"OMG those are beautifully done! It is plane to see (pun intended) that you're no lackey either! I love seeing old tools get new life breathed into them...."
Friday
Lars Ray left a comment for Hank
"Oh without a doubt! It's getting us all to shut up that's hard!  :-D"
Wednesday
Hank left a comment for Lars Ray
"Thanks!  I live outside Houston, so we are sorta neighbors.  I have become very interested in the history of the knives I have come across. I really appreciate that people that are much more knowledge about knives are willing to share on…"
Wednesday
Lars Ray left a comment for Hank
"Hello Hank - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here.  So I see that not only are you in Texas (and therefore somewhat a neighbor of mine - McKinney), but you're a fan of Buck and Kershaw knives. Well brother - you found the right…"
Wednesday

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Kevin D commented on Lars Ray's blog post Sheaths, Scabbards, Frogs, and Throgs
"Thank you Lars for a good, informative document.  I thought the photos really helped convey some of the differences as well. Coming from having n interest in some of the fixed blade knives, old bayonets, and axes, I thought I had a pretty good…"
Jan 16
Lars Ray commented on J.J. Smith III's photo
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Covid guy

"I wonder who's going to play him in the Marvel Comics movie adaptation? Golly I hope he uses a cool knife to take out the bad-guy variants.  "
Jan 14
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo
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A pathetic excuse for a "collection"

"Ha ha ha! I love it! And if you ever start feeling puny about your collection again, just re-post those bayonets of yours...those had me drooling the first time! After reading your comments to Jan, I found these two blog posts that may interest you.…"
Jan 13
Lars Ray left a comment for Bing Binggeli
"Hi Bing - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here.  I can't wait to see what 56 years of second-hand knives looks like....that must be awesome! Feel free to explore, join some groups of interest, add some thoughts or comments, or…"
Jan 13
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo
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A pathetic excuse for a "collection"

"Alright Kevin...looks like we're going to have to sit you down and tell you like is around here!  :-D Simple fact - if you love your collection, then we all love your collection! JJ said it first. I can see they are loved, well cared for,…"
Jan 13
Lars Ray replied to Brian's discussion Looking for a good Torx set!
"Hey Brian - man, I'm hip. Nothin' worse than having the bit strip out before the screw is loosened - no matter who makes it! I started playing with inexpensive folding knives a few years ago for the purpose of developing some skills for…"
Jan 13
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Cold Steel Scalper

"Now this is what i'm talking about...the REAL dirt on the piece. Now that didn't hurt, did it? :-D Thanks for the scoop - I thought this was from the CS Commercial series, but I couldn't tell for sure. I haven't seen the red…"
Dec 31, 2021
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Cold Steel Drop Forged Survivalist, #2

"Oh good to know....your comments here confirmed what I suspected regarding the drop Forge handles, but until I actually could hold one, it was just a a cautionary suspicion. Thanks for all the details -  And I'm glad to hear you are…"
Dec 31, 2021
Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo
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Cold Steel Scalper

"I know you're a man of few words unless you have something to say, but I like learning new things....like "what is this one?", and "what are the spec's?", and the ever popular "who made it?" Throw me a bone…"
Dec 30, 2021
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Cold Steel Drop Forged Survivalist, #2

"oooh...nice looking! How do you like their drop forge line?  I have seen other photos only, and I didn't think they were anything special. This photo is causing me to [possibly] rethink my opinion."
Dec 30, 2021
Lars Ray replied to Jan Carter's discussion 2021-22 New Years knife Contest
"Jestem w! I am In!"
Dec 26, 2021
Lars Ray replied to vchief's discussion Vintage Rare One-of-a-Kind Gerber Folder Needs I.D. Please!
"Oh wow...not seen one like this before....nice! Yea the blade definitely looks similar to the Sportsman II lockback - not uncommon to put same blades in different frames. I was going to ask about the reverse markings on the blade...if it states…"
Dec 22, 2021

Lars Ray's Blog

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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Open Views – Part 2 of 2: Survival Knives

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 15:53 13 Comments

Part 2 of this blog is dealing with Survival knives, both as an item and a legit category for collecting.

The bone of contention that was vocalized some time ago is that there is no such thing as a tactical knife or a survival knife – rather, these terms are marketing terms to sell more knives. (Tactical knives are discussed in Part 1).

While I have a different opinion on the matter, I can’t throw out the whole argument because some of it is true – many companies and makers do…

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