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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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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 18:07 on May 2, 2024, Rocky Howard said…

Thanks for the welcome Lars. I have collected,traded,bought and sold knives for as long as I can remember. But I never was a student of the history of all the makes and brands. I will certainly be tapping into the knowledge of the forum members. I have divested 99% of my "last" collection to my two son-in-laws and my three grandsons. But collecting is a hard habit to break.

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.

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Elk Ridge ER-259 Sub-Hilt Bowie

"That leather sheath brings this Elk Ridge to a whole new level, one that I'm guessing it's ready for.  I don't own any Elk Ridge knives, but that might have to change real soon, especially at those price points..."
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Colt CT823 Bandit Bowie

"he he....don't know if the steel is a bit soft or not - but it makes splitting limbs for tinder real easy! Does a pretty mean job on brisket too! :-D"
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Kevin D commented on Lars Ray's photo
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Colt CT823 Bandit Bowie

"Just noticed that 440A steel.  Is that steel a bit soft?  Might take an edge real nice and easy but it seems it would dull quickly.  Not much carbon in that alloy.  Only .6 to .75% if I am remembering my alloys correctly. I…"
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Kevin D commented on Lars Ray's photo
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Colt CT823 Bandit Bowie

"Okay.  You got me with this one. Dang, is that a sweet looking bowie!"
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Kevin D commented on Lars Ray's photo
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Elk Ridge ER-259 Sub-Hilt Bowie

"Yep.  I agree with you.  That original sheath leaves a lot to be desired."
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Lars Ray commented on Steve Dirgo's photo
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Smith & Wesson Fisherman 6050

"Oh man...the S&W 6050! Sweet deal!!!  I own a 6010, 6020, and 6030 from the same seies....hoping to obtain a fine specimen like yours here before I get too old. (Envy envy envy)   Thank you for sharing...."
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Prussian S-98nA Bayonet

"Looks like WKC was formed in 1883 when Gebruder Weyersberg and WR Kirschbaum & Cie merged.  This company specialized in sword making, but also made other weapons and even bike/motorcycle parts.   The company was bought…"
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Prussian S-98nA Bayonet

"And your comment here is probaby one of my favorites because it defines why these are posted - to help facilitate, educate, and advocate other collectors.  So much to learn, so little time. And history just waiting to be rediscovered and…"
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Prussian S-98nA Bayonet

"Yea....you made comments before I finshed my editing...that's what crazy Bay collectors do. The S09nA.2 is the photo number on file in my catalog....not for custmer consumption. :-D You nailed it - this ione is for the Gew98. The lack of muzzle…"
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Modified Turkish Mauser Model 98/05 Bayonet

"Great questions - this is a modified M 98/05 for Turkish consignment. They took thousands of those 14 inch butcher blade bayonets and modified them to these 10 inch knives. According to the Prussian War Ministry, Waffenfabrik Mauser A. G.…"
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M98-05.4

"I really like the shape of this blade.  A little reminiscent of a saex. Speaking of saexes...  What are those characters on the crossguard?  that looks like futhark (elder or younger I am not sure). Again, no muzzle ring.  Was…"
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S-98nA.5

"W. K. and C ieThat is cool.  That is the same facility that made my Brazilian 1908 Bayonet.  I need to research when that place started operations...Very cool!"
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S-98nA.2

"Dang that thing is long! The handle is distinctly German, but I thought that most German bayonets were significantly shorter. Now your photo title is S09nA.2...  So I am now assuming the this was designed to fit the 'new' 8mm Mauser…"
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British Pattern 1876 Henry-Martini

"Well it does have a history.  It's also able to tell some of it also."
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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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