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Mark Zalesky replied to Ricky Ray's discussion The Boker Book is Here! in the group Boker Fans
"Congratulations, gentlemen! I look forward to sitting down in my easy chair with a copy of it in my hot little hands!"
Oct 20, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
"One of these days, maybe, we can have a discussion about advertising and how it affects a publication's content. I could get into a bunch of trouble with other publications, so I'd better not go there without thinking very carefully about…"
Sep 9, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
Sep 9, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
"Than you Steve -- we set up our out-of-country subscriptions at about a break-even price, just to get them out there. Del Corsi has also profiled several Canadian makers, Wally Hayes was the most recent. We are trying to add a bit of international…"
Sep 3, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
"A Canadian subscription to KNIFE Magazine is $50/year, or $4.17 per issue."
Sep 3, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
"Thanks to everyone for their support, I really appreciate it.I'd like to clarify a couple of comments above. First of all, KNIFE WORLD did NOT "fold". I was finally able to purchase the business I had run for 18 years, and as soon as…"
Sep 3, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to dead_left_knife_guy's discussion Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated
"Thanks to everyone for their support, I really appreciate it. I'd like to clarify a couple of comments above. First of all, KNIFE WORLD did NOT "fold". I was finally able to purchase the business I had run for 18 years, and as soon as…"
Sep 3, 2018
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"Happy Birthday Mark!"
Jul 26, 2018

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"Happy Birthday Mark!"
Jul 25, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to Jan Carter's discussion BLADE SHOW 2018
"Jan's calling 'em like see sees 'em! Go Jan!!! I was amazed and humbled by the support of the knife community over TableGate -- pretty awesome to know that folks in all parts of the knife community will stand up and put in a good word…"
Jun 7, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to Jim Lites's discussion Vintage Bowie Knife Question
"I'll look forward to meeting you there, Jim. Bring the Marble's -- before I got serious about bowie knives Marble's knives were my main focus. Still have a couple of nice ones I couldn't bear to part with."
Apr 27, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to Jim Lites's discussion Vintage Bowie Knife Question
"Hi Jim, Funny that I saw your reply so soon, I don't jump over here as often as I should. You are located in Little Rock? Shoot, come on over to Historic Arkansas Museum this Saturday at 1 PM, my coauthor Bill Worthen and I will be talking…"
Apr 26, 2018
Mark Zalesky replied to Jim Lites's discussion Vintage Bowie Knife Question
"This is a cheap modern, mass produced, Pakistani or Indian knife and stylistically, really doesn't look anything like any authentic knife. Really, it's a caricature of an antique bowie knife, with exaggerated features.I have seen this…"
Apr 19, 2018
Mark Zalesky commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"I don't think many realize it, but nearly all the autos by established knife companies are Made in the USA. That's a great thing regardless of the reason, but the real reason behind it is that switchblades are still illegal in interstate…"
Jan 28, 2018
Mark Zalesky commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"I've got some other interesting ones in the hopper and am always looking for more. We've had some response to our ads seeking more writers and I hope to find more, it's a constant search for good material! BTW, I saw the new Boker…"
Jan 28, 2018
Mark Zalesky commented on Michael D Sabol's group Boker Fans
"Thanks for pointing that out, Ricky -- I appreciate it anytime folks spread the word about what we're trying to do."
Jan 22, 2018

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Profile
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -- Socrates
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Yes
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
31 to 35 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Antique American and English cutlery, especially pre-Civil War American made bowie knives.
Website
http://www.knifeworld.com
About Me
Editor of Knife World magazine, and all around "knife guy"
(Profile Photo shows myself attempting a hostile takeover of Knife World, with an original W.J. McElroy bowie knife...)
Interests
My main collecting focus is pre-Civil War American made bowie & dirk knives.

I also collect knives, silver, and other objects relating to Samuel Bell, J.G. & D. Bell, Bell Bros., and the Bell Jewelry Co. of Knoxville, TN and San Antonio, TX.

Knife brands I collect or have collected include: McClung Hardware and S.B. Luttrell Hardware of Knoxville TN, Iowa Novelty Co. of Keota and Cedar Rapids IA, W.R. Barr of Camas Valley OR, Humason & Beckley (H&B), Marble's / M.S.A. Co., and brands relating to Samuel Mason. Maybe a couple of others I'm forgetting (I'm starting to sound like Art Green here).

Some other items I collect or have collected over the years: pre-1880 American made lockbacks, American-made exotic pearl handled knives (e.g. abalone shell), wharncliffe pattern knives, straight razors with patriotic or political motifs, any items made by pre-Civil War American bowie knife makers, bowie knife related ephemera, and books on knives, razors, surgical instruments, swords, and related subjects.
Other Hobbies
Collecting vintage record albums, especially "quadraphonic" LPs from the 1970s; and other surround-sound music formats like DVD-A, SACD, and DTS-CD.

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At 20:52 on July 26, 2018, Jan Carter said…

Happy Birthday Mark!

At 17:55 on July 25, 2018,
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Charles Sample
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Happy Birthday Mark!

At 10:28 on July 27, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 13:05 on July 26, 2017, Jan Carter said…

At 22:57 on July 25, 2017,
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Charles Sample
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Happy Birthday Mark!

At 9:17 on July 26, 2016, Jan Carter said…

At 16:09 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

The writing on edge of blade are H. Boker and Co's Cutlery Germany Each blade has the Tree stamp with no circle around it.

At 15:58 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

Thank you for your time. Here are some not so perfect pictures. Based on your article I believe this to be the 1891 to 1944 mfg markings. What is throwing me off is the M. Barlow signature on one scale.

At 13:26 on April 12, 2016, David Hasik said…

Mark, While researching a new knife I purchased, your name came up on google as a Boker collector and expert. Would you be willing to look at some pictures of this unusual 2 blade Boker I found? Thanks. Dave 

At 8:33 on July 27, 2015, Mark Zalesky said…

Thanks Charles and Jan!

 
 
 

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