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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 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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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.
At 19:46 on September 28, 2021,
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Bobby Branton
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Thanks, getting a little older and want to focus most of my energy on pocketknives which have always been a fascination.

At 15:20 on September 13, 2021, Joseph R. Aloia said…

Hey Lars, sure do know what a 110 looks like. Lost one and the other disappeared. Have a 112, Buck vantage is my go to EDC have two.  One 420hc other s30v, like both. When wife wants me to look decent carry Kershaw leek. 

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Lars Ray replied to Lars Ray's discussion CFK / iPAK Knives - for all those who dare! in the group BOX FULL OF KNIVES
"Shadow Hunter This is my 2021 CFK Shadow Hunter, a mid-size hunting Bowie with a black powder coat blade. I typically shy away from powder coat blades, but I just couldn't pass this one up.This full tang hunter features a 1095 high carbon…"
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Lars Ray replied to Nick Bereska's discussion El Caberu Knife With Sheath
"Hey Nick - is it too late to help out on this or did you get the answers you needed? Well, I'm going to respond anyway. What you have here is a Gaucho knife - the side arm of the Argentine cowboy. I think Brazilian Gauchos use them too - but…"
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Lars Ray left a comment for Harvey Lucas
"Hi Harvey - Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here. Lots to do here, lots to explore here, lots to contribute to here, and of course...lots of knives here! So I gotta ask...what does a traditional knife look like…"
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"I'm hip to what you're saying....some pieces are just too important to take out of the wrapping. Although I am from many places, I am of Oregon....large Slavic and Scandinavian communities all throughout Northern OR. Naturally then my…"
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Kershaw family photo

"Never mind you mixed in 2 Zero Tolerance knives in there (always room for a little showing off in family photos!), but what's that at the bottom center...an unopened Camp 14? Wait...what?  What are you waiting for, another free shipping…"
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Lars Ray replied to Vinnie's discussion G'Day From Australia
"Hello Vinnie - G'day! I think you are in the right place....and for all the right reasons too! (the least of which you already identified). I have enjoyed following your Puma updates...learned a lot. One of the great reasons I like hanging out…"
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Lars Ray replied to Lars Ray's discussion CFK / iPAK Knives - for all those who dare! in the group BOX FULL OF KNIVES
"CFK White Bone Skinner This is my 2020 CFK Custom Skinning knife. As a blade style, trailing point blades are not necessarily my favorite, unless they possess those sleek curvy Persian lines as this one does - subtle as they may be! This general…"
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Lars Ray replied to Lars Ray's discussion Steak and Knife - Knife Adventures with Food! in the group Forgotten past times
"Preparing for the Family Thanksgiving Meal In preparation for the 2021 family Thanksgiving meal, we harvested two turkey's today at my son's farm - a 24 pound Tom and a 23 pound hen. With plenty of hands to do the feather plucking, my son…"
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Lars Ray left a comment for Anthony Wright
"Hi Anthony - welcome to iKC! We're glad you're here. With a smile like yours, how can you be anything but a laid back type of guy - that's great! So you're into replica knives - that's so cool. There are endless discussions…"
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Lars Ray left a comment for Ken Rohe
"Well hello Ken...err...Willow Ufgood! Welcome to iKC - we're glad you're here. Anyone who identifies ALL kinds of knives as their favorite should have no problem finding something here, that's for sure. Feel free to bob about and…"
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Kershaw XCOM

"Yea...another one on my Kershaw wish list. Great photo too....."
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Bestech Warwolf, on gloves

"Oh Dude...nice! "
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Sheaths, Scabbards, Frogs, and Throgs

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 11:47 0 Comments

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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