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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!

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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!

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, Former member of the Bayonet Collectors Network - a global community of passionate bayonet enthusiasts (shut down in 2015).

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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 

At 19:37 on April 19, 2022, James Pedigo said…

Thank you sir my main problem was using the phone instead of a cpu I think idk but I do appreciate the warm welcome do you happen to know anything about that Bowie I posted is it real I mean

At 18:34 on January 30, 2022, Kevin D said…

Good evening Lars,

I tried to find a way to send this to you in a private message, but I could not find how.  (

I would be happy to throw a reply up on that thread that you shared a link to in your reply on my photo.

I will have to get a little nicer photo than the on I have though.  Your photos are really nice!

Thank you for sharing the new group with me.

Oh I did send you a friend request if you are so inclined to accept it.

Thanks again,

Kevin

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.

Latest Activity

Kenneth Levin left a comment for Lars Ray
"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"
May 9
Lars Ray replied to Scott King's discussion iKC T-Shirts
"Did I hear tie dye? I'm interested! (not even sure what I am stepping up to - I just dig tie dye!)"
May 7
Lars Ray left a comment for Kenneth Levin
"I'd like that...meeting one another I mean. I'm always up for a great cup of coffee and talking "shop" with fellow collectors. For me, a knife is an inanimate object...until you add the story to it. That's what brings the…"
May 7
Kenneth Levin left a comment for Lars Ray
"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…"
May 5
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo
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Olsen OK - before and after

"Well I am not sure if yours is an older or newer variation, but you definitely have a vintage Colt Olsen knife and sheath! Sweet!"
May 5
Lars Ray commented on Johnny Stout's photo
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Updated MOP Amigo

"Ho ho ho...OK - this one's sexy. Nicely done sir - thank you for sharing these with us!"
May 5
Lars Ray left a comment for William
"Hello William - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here. I can't wait for you to share what you know...I am always looking to grow my knowledge base and understanding of knives - their uses, individual histories, and the stories that…"
May 5
Lars Ray left a comment for Kenneth Levin
"Hello Kenneth - welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here! Well I am anyway....we're practically neighbors with you being just down the road in Coppell.  Al Mar, Randall, old Gerber, Cold Steel - yep, I think we were separated at…"
May 5
Lars Ray left a comment for Aimee Callagy
"Hi Aimee - welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here! Robeson made a lot of knives...folders, fixed blade, and kitchen cutlery. If you would post a photo of yours maybe someone here at iKC can help you identify what you have. A clear shot or…"
May 5
Lars Ray left a comment for Estevan Jimenez
"Hello Estevan - shy or not, we're glad you're here! Feel free to poke around and find some groups that meet your fancy, post a few photos of your favorite knives, or comment on someone else's if you prefer. Everybody likes it when…"
May 5
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo
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Olsen OK - before and after

"Oh man....now that is pretty all cleaned up. So....does you sheath happen to look the one in this photo? I lifted this photo from the internet for reference. If so, what you have is a vintage Colt Olson hunting knife. The one I am showing is a 1971…"
May 5
Lars Ray commented on James Pedigo's photo
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"Sorry dude...I only have one working eye - looks like I missed that photo!  :-D Well, at least we know a minimum age to the knife!"
Apr 22
Lars Ray commented on James Pedigo's photo
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"Hey! Looks like you figured out how to upload your photos - excellent! Is this the one where your commented "I have an old military (I think) knife I love to show you"? I really hate to comment on this one. I have my opinion, but…"
Apr 22
James Pedigo left a comment for Lars Ray
"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…"
Apr 22
Lars Ray left a comment for James Pedigo
"Hi James - If by "is it real" do you mean is it authentic? I guess it depends on what you mean by authentic. I will tell what I see in the one photo you have... What I see is what appears to be a mid-market production piece for the…"
Apr 20
Lars Ray commented on Kevin D's photo
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Straight razors

"Oh wow - that's a sweet set of razors....and I really dig those Henckel's !!! I was first introduced to the Henckel brand back in 1976. I've been a fan, follower, and owner ever since. So did your dad actually use these, or were these…"
Apr 20

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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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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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