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Notes on Building a Knife Collection

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bryant Aug 10, 2021. 3 Replies

Like many (but certainly not all) new knife collectors, I started my knife collecting focused on fixed blades -- why would anyone bother with folders? I thought -- it's not like anyone's going to…Continue

It's back: Free Shipping at KnifeCenter.com this weekend!

Started Feb 5, 2021 0 Replies

Jut letting everyone here know that I just got an email from KnifeCenter.com, & they're having another free shipping weekend.  No, I'm not affiliated with this company in any way, just trying to…Continue

Cold Steel has been sold to GSM Outdoors, GSM purchased by Gridiron Capital

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Scheuerman (Manx) Dec 6, 2020. 2 Replies

In a move that has some of us both stunned & skeptical, manufacturer Cold Steel has been acquired by GSM Outdoors.  This transaction was announced on December 3, 2020.  Cold Steel founder Lynn…Continue

Free Shipping at KnifeCenter.com this weekend!

Started Oct 3, 2020 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


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dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Brian
"Really digging those Krudos!"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Brian's discussion Today's EDC combo
"Oh, man that's nice..."

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Dennis Hibar's photo

LionSteel H1

"Dennis, this is an incredible looking knife!  Isn't this the knife that has one piece of Micarta milled out so there's no seam from the scales on the finger side of the handle?  I've had a thing for karambits recently, but…"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Jan Carter's discussion WHATS NEW?? SHOT SHOW 2022
"I've seen this karambit, first stumbled upon it when I was purchasing my Spartan Astor.  I'd been doing so well not buying it...  But I don't know how much longer I can hold out!  :)"

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

Covid guy

"Man, pretty sure Covid just went through our house for the second time -- much less difficult than the first time, but still.  I'm quite sick of this whole pandemicky thing we're in.  Honestly I think it was pure genius to give…"

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Brian's discussion Just ordered a new knife!
"Brian, congrats on pulling the trigger on this one!  The PM2 has been one of those grail knives for me, in the sense that I'm afraid that if I buy one, I'll be that much closer to ending my knife collecting.  Of course, I felt…"

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Kevin D's photo

A pathetic excuse for a "collection"

"Ha!  That's the knife collection of a rational person!  More rational than me, at least -- with my hoard of Kershaws...  Lars was right to call me out on that!  :)  I really like those Leathermans…"

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Dave
"Welcome, Dave!  I hope you'll have a chance to look around, join some groups, participate in some discussions, post some photos, etc. -- no obligation, of course, but it's a great way for everyone to get to know each other!  And,…"

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Peter Richardson
"Welcome, Peter!  I have to say that I also have a strong appreciation of Benchmade knives (& as luck would have it, I even have a balisong from Benchmade predecessor Pacific Cutlery because my parents were going through a divorce in the mid…"
Brian left a comment for dead_left_knife_guy
"Thank you, sir! It's great to be here. I plan on doing all of that. But mostly, in glad I'm not alone in this addiction. I'm on a Spyderco kick lately. Just ordered a new PM2 (satin plain blade, g10 handles). I'm thinking of…"
Jan 9

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Brian
"Welcome, Brian.  Glad you found us, & hopefully you'll find some useful & interesting information.  There are a lot of knowledgeable people here, & some pretty great photographers, too.  Look around the groups &…"
Jan 9

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Bill Friglle
"Welcome, Bill.  Sorry you've had to downsize, but I'm glad you were able to keep some of them.  I appreciate your taste, especially those Kershaws & ZT's (& that you have a canoe in your avatar photo!).  I hope…"
Jan 9

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"Welcome, Jesse.  I'm sorry you're facing difficulties -- hopefully you'll find this site useful, or at least entertaining.  Glad you're here, regardless."
Jan 9

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

Gerber Curve

"I have a couple of the mini Gerber multi tools (the Shortcut, with scissors, & the Clutch, with pliers) & they came in really handy.  The main blade was impressively sharp (though needs resharpening frequently), & sometimes…"
Jan 9

dead_left_knife_guy replied to steve perkins's discussion hello
"Not too late at all -- Hello, & Happy New Year to you as well! --dlkg"
Jan 9

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"Welcome, Larry!  I'm not a knifemaker myself but there are a number of them here.  I hope you'll find this site & it's discussions entertaining & informative, and no doubt you'll be able to answer some questions…"
Jan 5

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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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FREE SHIPPING @ Knife Center this weekend, SMKW 12 Days of Christmas, & More!

Posted on December 11, 2021 at 0:55 3 Comments

Here it is again, everybody!  Free shipping this weekend at Knifecenter.com using promo code SANTA at checkout (excludes big stuff) -- sale goes through 12/12/21.  https://www.knifecenter.com/listing/free-shipping-this-weekend 

SMKW is still doing their 12 Days of Christmas -- I believe they're going into Day 11 as I write this on December 11.  That means daily specials,…


SMKW's 12 Days of Christmas Sale is ON!

Posted on December 4, 2021 at 11:18 0 Comments

For those who may be interested (& I'm guessing that may be quite a lot of us), Smoky Mountain Knife Works is doing their annual 12 Days of Christmas sale -- & if you're reading this on Saturday, December 4, it's Day 4 of the sale.

They have some knives & other items on decent sale, along with a daily, advent-calendar-style special.  But for me, the really big thing is the free Fed Ex shipping with $39 purchase.  I'd be happier with no-minimum shipping, but let's face it,…


Another FREE SHIPPING weekend @ Knifecenter.com

Posted on November 6, 2021 at 0:12 0 Comments

Hello again, y'all!  Just making a quick post here to let everyone know there's FREE SHIPPING over at Knifecenter.com this weekend!  I'm in no way affiliated with Knife Center, I just really prefer to save the almost $10 shipping charge whenever possible -- & I figure y'all would appreciate that as well.

Here's the link:  …


Happy Halloween to All!

Posted on October 31, 2021 at 16:00 0 Comments

Just posting a quick blog to say Happy Halloween, everybody! 

Wishing you more treats than tricks this year,



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At 19:35 on January 9, 2022, Brian said…
Thank you, sir! It's great to be here. I plan on doing all of that. But mostly, in glad I'm not alone in this addiction. I'm on a Spyderco kick lately. Just ordered a new PM2 (satin plain blade, g10 handles). I'm thinking of doing a YouTube channel for my collection as well, if that's allowed here.
At 7:57 on December 29, 2021, steve perkins said…

Thanks, I updated my profile so to be not misleading in my collector status.  I am sure I will learn a lot here in the future. 

At 6:07 on October 25, 2021, Christopher Marshall said…

Thank you for the welcome.

At 23:15 on October 24, 2021, Greg Bond said…

Thank you for the welcome.

At 17:05 on October 18, 2021, Lars Ray said…

Hey man - Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin! Życzę zdrowia!! Wishing you good health and a great day on your special day! It's all about you brother :-D

At 11:38 on October 17, 2021, Jan Carter said…

Happy Birthday DLKG! Enjoy something sweet and something sharp!

At 5:58 on October 3, 2021, Philip Andrew said…

Thank you dead_left_knife_guy. I haven't worked in the Sheffield cutlery industry since 1984 but I still have a passion for Sheffield's industrial heritage.  Cutlery plays a massive part in that.

At 23:47 on September 12, 2021, Lars Ray said…

In case you don't follow up on the Ash dagger thread (I was a bit wordy), here is the updated Ash Knife web site:

Ash Gears Canada - Premium Handmade Knives: https://ashgears.com/home


At 10:56 on February 21, 2021, Tim said…

I have a SP8 in my camper and two air force survivors knives. One that has never been used the other I found at work. It is the one I take on most of my outdoor activities. Here's the ones that get used a lot in the yard.

At 10:28 on January 31, 2021, Patrick said…
Thanks for the welcome, it's good to be here. And yes, I have seen that funny vid from the guy complaining how gec 'ruined' him. I know the feeling well. Spyderco collectors love to complain about getting skunked on a sprint run but that is nothing. At least you can buy some kind of PM2 or Shaman when you want. Try liking a knife company and NEVER being able to buy a new knife from a dealer. That is GEC world.

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