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Free Shipping at KnifeCenter.com this weekend!

Started Oct 3 0 Replies

Hey, y'all!  Every couple months or so, KnifeCenter.com has a weekend where they have free shipping for all in stock (& not oversized) items.  And this weekend is one of them!Check it out…Continue

Knife Collectors are Weird

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Dec 20, 2019. 1 Reply

This post is not mean to be offensive to any of us, as I am one of you.  Rather, this post was inspired by another recent post here -- and all the others like them.  And it's really meant to be a…Continue

Hollow grinds: simple corner-cutting, or superior all-around grind?

Started Jun 9, 2019 0 Replies

Okay, all, I'll admit that this is something that has been gnawing at me for a while, and I'm curious as to what others' opinions are when it comes to hollow-ground blades.Hollow-ground blades are…Continue

Approaching a 10 year milestone...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ricky Ray Dec 4, 2018. 5 Replies

Hello, All!I'm about to hit a personal milestone:  10 years of not smoking!  Okay, it's not like some other addictions, but it's still worth celebrating.  Especially since we had a layoff on my 1st…Continue


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"Welcome, Rob!  You'll find quite a good amount of content to your liking -- at least we hope so!  There's a lot of good people here -- glad you joined us."
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dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion THE 2021 CALENDAR IS HERE (FINALLY)
"I love it!  Trying to decide now whether to order one or two..."
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dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion It's an October carving contest !
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dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion It's an October carving contest !
"And this little guy, carved with the 5" Chef Knife by Victorinox that it's clutching in it's intimidatingly sharp teeth...  How many will be in tact before we light them tonight?  Only time (& the neighborhood squirrels)…"
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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
11- 15 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
simple, rugged -- contemporary styles of production & custom knives -- TOPS, Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker, Blind Horse / Battle Horse Knives, OKC, CRKT, Victorinox, Leatherman -- bushcraft, outdoors, tactical, survival
About Me
father & husband, 40's, Minnesotan, writer, editor of the North Star Blade Collectors newsletter, conservation-minded, family man, philosopher, Buddhist
my family, outdoors, bushcraft, wilderness, tracking, flora & fauna, improving my skills, survival & camp kits, wood carving, knife sharpening, urban survival, urban homesteading, food prep, trail food, & squirrels, I love squirrels.
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Reading, writing, 'rithmetic. Okay, not so big into math anymore, calculus just wasn't any fun by the time I got there. Astronomy, Greco-roman mythology, Native American ways of life & beliefs, thinking, watching, listening, video games. Ecology. Camping. Hiking.

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National Knife Day 8/24/2019!

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 23:25 44 Comments

Every year we have an excuse to buy a new knife -- National Knife Day, every August 24!  

Yeah, I know it's a holiday made up by a marketing department to sell knives, & none of us really need an excuse to buy another knife.

That aside, what are your plans for celebrating...?  :)

Camillus CK9: The knife used by Dual Survival's Grady Powell

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 3 Comments

Recently I had the chance to watch another episode of the current season of Dual Survival, & again got to see Grady Powell using the Camillus CK9.  Somewhere I saw someone online stating that Grady Powell designed the knife, but I have not yet been able to confirm or deny this.  Camillus has very little detail on the CK9 on its website, & of course TOPS doesn't have anything public about this on its website because it's not technically a TOPS knife.

Grady Powell designed…


TOPS Knives President Mike Fuller

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 21:01 2 Comments

Okay, this is an interesting story.  I don't know what to think of it.  I'm a big fan of TOPS Knives, but this story is too important to not post something about it.  


Knife throwing, anyone? Anyone?

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

Are there any other knife throwers here? If so, anyone recognize the logo on the cup? :)

I notice there's not a group for throwers, hm...

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At 18:55 on November 5, 2020, Rob Carter said…

Thanks dead left!

At 20:50 on November 1, 2020, Mark Vine said…

Thanks for the warm welcome D_L_K_G.! Good to be here!

At 13:00 on October 31, 2020, Robert Doss said…
Thank you for helping me out because I’m one of those people who gets flush straight it easy. So I will definitely take your advice and try to be patient and take my time. I still would like to take some pictures and put them on the site I have some pretty nice knives.
At 12:48 on October 31, 2020, Abby Britton said…

If I could have posted a link, you could have seen it is high carbon steel! Dale would have approved of that. Oh, I see now. I could have posted a link. Now I've lost the knife. Next time. 

At 9:39 on October 13, 2020, John Bamford said…

Thanks for the birthday greetings DLKG, I didn't get any new knives but I bought myself this razor

It completed this set of three

At 12:29 on October 1, 2020, Cas Frankenstein said…

Hey there! The locking straight-razor was done best by knifemaker Ray Rogers. If you go to his website,  he has examples of his "Rayzor", models I, II, & III.

At 19:56 on September 19, 2020, Brian Schmidek said…

Thanks for the welcome Dead Left. Well you know it happened to be a Buck canoe, gift from my daughter, that really got me into liking the canoe pattern. It's currently my EDC and although it is made in China I thinks its very well made. I have branched out and bought a couple of Case canoe knives which are superb quality but expensive, especially in Canada. So I'm slowly building my collection. Boker, Bulldog, Hen and Rooster and even Schrade have put out some nice canoes as well.

At 22:11 on September 11, 2020, Karrick scott said…

Thanks for the warm welcome! Now I have figure out how to navigate the website. 

At 18:40 on February 29, 2020, Megan phillips said…

Thanks dead_left_knife_guy  i learned at a early age how to make a knife sharp quick but never really could get the results i want from a weltstone that i cld from other devices. I use a ceramic rod 

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