January 2013 Blog Posts (17)

what to do

I like case knives. I carry a red stag half whittler for the little jobs and a Molasses Bone Tony Bose back pocket for the bigger jobs. Love both of the knives but I want a matched set. the back pocket does not come in red stag and the whittler does not come in Molasses Bone. I thought about sending my back pocket of to get it rescaled but I cant find any one that can match…


Added by Lee Smith on January 30, 2013 at 20:30 — 7 Comments

To clean or not to clean

I've been collecting knives for quite a while now but I'm very new to selling knives. It's a whole new world for me but a lot of fun trying to buy knives just to resale.

A while back I bought a nice green bone stockman for a fair price. I put in my roll and took it to work and sold it for a fair price. I was happy and the guy I sold it to was happy. At least I was happy till I saw it after it was cleaned up. The knife was mint. Not a scratch or blemish any where on the knife any…


Added by Lee Smith on January 29, 2013 at 17:36 — 7 Comments

The ten commandments for knife collectors

First off, Iv'e been a minister for many years.Saying that, this is my spin on the ten commandments in regards to knife collectors. It is meant to be read in a lighthearted manner.....so here we go.

1. Don't love your new Boker knife more than God.

2. Don't carve any graven images to God with that 'ole whittler.

3. Don't cuss with God's name when you slice your finger open with that vintage Queen folder.

4. You can buy G.E.C. knives on the Sabbath, but go to…


Added by Steven Matthew on January 28, 2013 at 21:30 — 7 Comments

Buying ONLINE goes up 4% TOMORROW***A MUST READ*****

Most customers are surprised to find out that there is a new 4% credit card surcharge when they pay with a credit card; online and in stores. Merchants are now legally allowed to charge customers up to an extra 4% for using their credit cards.

“Starting on Sunday, retailers will be allowed to tack a surcharge of up to 4% extra onto your tab if you want to pay…


Added by Jan Carter on January 26, 2013 at 14:00 — 11 Comments

Bad luck?

Donnie never gives a knife without getting a coin in return, we all know the old saying about it cutting a friendship and that is just something we are not willing to risk

I was reading about it on the web the other day and here are some I knew about and some old wives tales that I never heard

If you cut hot cornbread with a knife, you'll cut your luck

It is bad luck to stir anything with a knife. "To stir with a knife, is to stir…


Added by Jan Carter on January 25, 2013 at 19:30 — 14 Comments

A trip to the store......

I also posted this in the A.G. Russell group. But I though a couple of more people might get a kick out of this.

This past summer I went on a trip to Arkansas to visit with A.G. Russell and be able to be there for the Knife Event that he organises with his people.

When there I (offcourse) also visited his store. It's the biggest knife aimed store I've ever seen and I thought it might be nice if some more people got to see it. So I took some…


Added by Alexander Noot on January 25, 2013 at 4:52 — 5 Comments


I've been spending quite a bit of time on here and I noticed a lot of people have a direction to there collection.

My collection is all shapes and sizes. So I got to thinking what kind of knife to I want to collect. Just one brand or one style or maybe just one color or type of handle.

But first I need to sell off all the knives that I don't want. So I took a long hard look at my collection. For one reason or another I like all my knives. Once there in the case there mine. Not…


Added by Lee Smith on January 24, 2013 at 20:59 — 8 Comments

A bird with no eyes

I like this knife.  Bare end is always good for me!

I don't know how I feel about a tradition like the Birds eye pins in a sodbuster being over looked though.  I am such a traditionalist and I have a weakness for the birdeyes so what do you think?…


Added by Jan Carter on January 21, 2013 at 12:04 — 6 Comments

So... what do you do?

Lets say your favorite manufacture has decided not not make knives any longer.  They tell you in January 2013 that they will only work through the materials they have on hand and when that is done they are going out of business.  This should take 8-10 months at the current rate of sale.  

They are not announcing it but don't ask you to keep quiet about it either.  If you tell your buddies, the rate of sale will escalate and they will be out of business sooner.  This means you may not…


Added by Jan Carter on January 21, 2013 at 11:29 — 12 Comments

Found Greg Baughman

Thanks Everyone for helping me find Greg.

Here is his reponse:

Hey Dave!  Thanks for tracking me down.  I do remember this knife but I don't remember who bought it.  It sold around 9 years ago for about 450 I believe.  I made this knife about 2 years after I started making blades and this particular knife was the first knife I did with a framed in handle like that.  I did a similar piece shortly after with a guard like that in all nickel silver instead of a…

Added by Dave Rieck on January 20, 2013 at 17:08 — 1 Comment

Sharp Veterans

Many consider "U.S. Military Knives - Bayonets and Machetes - By M.H. Cole" To be the holy grail of military knife books. It is, at least one of if not THE, best military knife books ever written. I am glad to say I still have mine. I have see them going for $180.00!

If you have one, you know how excellent it is. If you don't have one, is it worth the high prices now asked? If you love military knives, I say yes!

I can't believe the incredible quantity of…


Added by Craig Henry on January 14, 2013 at 18:22 — 10 Comments

The Magic Circle of Knives

In the early 1900's there really was a magic circle.

Less than 100 miles of two states held all the names we know and love and then some.  Competition was strong and only a handful would survive the test of time.  

While some of them were "jobbers" and not manufactures they were having their products produced within the circle.

In the 1920's the following companies existed in that 100 mile range

Union Cutlery, Olean, NY               Cattaraugus…


Added by Jan Carter on January 13, 2013 at 13:44 — 12 Comments

SHOT Show, Where New Patterns are revealed

 Shot Show is one of the most featured outdoor hunting and shooting sector-related trade shows in the United states. The Shot Show 2013 is held at the Sands Expo Convention Center and is attended by more than 60000 visiting participants at each of its editions. Several topical seminar sessions are scheduled during the event, dealing with law enforcement, retailing and other related issues. The NSSF Shot Show gets its global feel from its participants, who hail from…


Added by Jan Carter on January 13, 2013 at 11:32 — 7 Comments

The day is coming!

With all of the gun control news being spun out of control by the media, I see the writing on the wall for our knives and tools being next.

I live in Texas and we may not have as strict of laws concerning knives as some other states but we still have many. These laws can be vague for some and down right stupid too!

Case in point. In Texas, you can carry a concealed handgun (without a CHL) in your car or truck. At the same time, the law says you can't carry a knife that has more…


Added by Steven Matthew on January 12, 2013 at 14:31 — 15 Comments


BERNARD LEVINE is the leading full-time writer on knives and  cutlery in the world today. 

Since 1971 he has researched the history and identification of knives, as well as the art and

technology of knifemaking.

Besides the four widely acclaimed editions of his Levine's Guide to Knives and

Their Values (1985, 1989, 1993, 1997), his knife books include: …


Added by Craig Henry on January 10, 2013 at 18:30 — 6 Comments

sum of the parts ?

So what are the sum of the parts for a knife?





Handle materials


Basically they all take the same materials. So whats makes one worth more than another to you?

I will tell you my answer…


Added by Jan Carter on January 5, 2013 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

New Year and so many opportunities.

As we begin an exciting new year we can count on many changes in our own personal lives as well as in the lives of our countrymen, some good and some bad I'm sure.

But, after seeing all the new knives and new knife makers for 2012, I'm sure we can look forward to more talent and more steel beauties coming to light.

So, what are you hoping to see in the new year? What do you want from your knife factories or custom knife makers?

What directing are you taking your… Continue

Added by johnny twoshoes on January 1, 2013 at 13:55 — 6 Comments

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