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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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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 12:56 on June 29, 2018, Lee said…
Thank you very much. I appreciate it and I'm looking forward to checking it out.. as soon as I'm off of work.
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At 20:03 on April 1, 2018, Jan Carter said…

Happy Birthday my friend!

At 18:29 on March 5, 2018, Bill Withers said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. 

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Happy Birthday Lars!

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Lars Ray commented on Brad T.'s blog post Putting handles on a Katsura Damascus kitchen knife set
"Hey Brad - indeed I do want to see your "Hit $ Misses"...always looking to learn something from someone else!!! Got a link or do I hunt your home page? Did I mention these are gorgeous? Hmm..I did...OK - well it worth repeating! Here is…"
Oct 14
Lars Ray left a comment for Filoso
"Well I see the usual gang of party favorites have wasted no time in welcoming you to IKC!  I hope you enjoy your time as a member as you glean what you can from all of us and we in turn learn from you. Don't hesitate to call out if you…"
Sep 22
Lars Ray commented on Brad T.'s blog post Putting handles on a Katsura Damascus kitchen knife set
"Purple heart....nice choice! These will look spectacular when completed. While I enjoy replacing the plastic scales on inexpensive folders, that is not quite as ambitious as what you are performing. Can't wait to see the finished project..."
Sep 22
Lars Ray commented on Steve Dirgo's blog post 1974 Smith & Wesson Collector Series knives- Blackie Collins designed.
"Well done sir...And what a beauty! There's a special place in my heart for the S&W knives in the Survival series as well. I own two - a 6010 Bowie, and a 6020 Outdoorsman - billed as a suitable Bear knife by the dealer.  While I doubt…"
Sep 22
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Donnie made one of our friends a new chopper

"Oh man...now that's what I like to see! Someone using a great knife for prepping a fine rack of ribs for the smoker. While I don't hunt, I love to use my hunting knives for the BBQ. Go ahead and club your log or ice brick. To me, if…"
Jun 9

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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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Open Views – Part 1 of 2: Tactical Knives

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 17:46 7 Comments

When it comes to knife collecting, there are probably as many types of collectors as there are categories of knives to collect – from purists to novices, open-minded to staunch believers, early adapters to Luddites, and everything in between.

I like to think of myself as one who knows why I collect what I collect – evolving technologies notwithstanding – and stands behind it unless a better argument comes along that challenges my thought processes enough to either broaden my…

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