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Notes on Building a Knife Collection

Started Mar 28 0 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!

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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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Lon Humphrey - Monitor

"Jeremy, obviously I should have looked through the rest of the photos before asking about this knife in your fixed blade family photo.  I love Lon Humphrey knives (despite not yet owning one).  The fact that it's 52100 makes this one…"

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BHK Baby Birch River

"That's awesome!  This acquisition sounds like either good luck or persistence -- or both.  Nice!  What a great little knife!"

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Civivi Baklash

"Jeremy -- thank you!  I definitely admire your taste in blades, so I appreciate the compliment. Rome -- the Dogma is a nice looking knife, & it was one I was definitely considering as my first Civivi.  I've been holding out…"
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Civivi Baklash

"I just bought a Civivi Dogma and while the quality of the knife is great the finish on the G-10 handle material makes it look like cheap plastic. The D2 steel came as sharp as any knife I have purchased and I like the blade profile.  I will…"
Jun 6

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Fixed blades

"HA!  I love that you have one of those plastic, hollow-handled survival knives -- complete with wire saw!   Who made the triple thrower set right next to the survival knife?  And what are the two knives just under the BK7? …"
May 29

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"JJ, I have yet to pick one of these up, though I can very easily see their utility.  This'll look great with ironwood scales!  "
May 29

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"This is an incredible knife!  I purchased mine not long after they were taken out of production, & will never let it go.  It's overbuilt, the blade is an awesome slicer & penetrator, the lock-up is solid, & the handle…"
May 29

Jeremy B. Buchanan commented on dead_left_knife_guy's photo

Civivi Baklash

"Great looking knife. I can see why it is a favorite edc knife."
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May 15

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May 15

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May 15

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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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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 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.
At 18:32 on January 26, 2021, Mark Tyskiewicz said…

Thanks for the welcome, Dead Left!

Looks like a great place to touch down every now and then.

Maybe I can talk you out of some of that equipment you still have! :)


At 13:01 on January 17, 2021, Sean morgen said…

Thank you, but this is my first attempt at restoration. I have a couple others I am gonna be working on as well 

(They're just not as cool)

But all I have used so far on that knife is heavy scotch brite and a lower setting on my dremel with a wire wheel. 

I haven't begun anything on the handle yet, I'm trying to decide what I want to do to save the stacked leather if possible

Thanks for the welcoming, it's cool to be here

At 2:42 on January 17, 2021, Christopher Rhodes said…

Thanks for the welcomen it was most welcome

At 21:40 on January 16, 2021, Coleman J Vetter said…

Hey, thanks! yeah, you can get users with micarta a lot cheaper than the Custom Shops I have for sale, i'd call the Swamp Rats the generic Busse! lol. quit selling those

At 21:28 on January 6, 2021, Michael Spencer said…

Thank you Sir!  I am glad to be here and will be posting some of my collection and knives I have for sale soon.

At 0:28 on December 29, 2020, Michael Wilkinson said…

Thank you sir looking forward to reading and learning 

At 0:43 on December 24, 2020, Douglas Nelson said…
Very good then. glad to hook up with you and this club. Thanks for the greeting and also glad to connect with a “Minneapolitan”!
At 5:16 on December 14, 2020, dave seaborn said…

Haha Too Funny! Thanks Dave.


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