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April 2013 Blog Posts (15)

I Wonder

 I wonder what kind of person can pay over a $1000.00 dollars for a pocket knife. I also wonder if they carry it or just put it in a safe never to see the light of day again,

 Personally the most I have ever invested in a knife is around 300.00. I have it on display and look at it like it is a piece of art. The wife says it's just a knife but to me it's art.

 I have a stag swayback jack in the shop having it embellished. I'll carry it on very special occasions. Ones where there…

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Added by Lee Smith on April 29, 2013 at 12:51 — 35 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 7 the final episode.

So now we land on the final few tables that I photographed at the DKE. I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures even a tenth as much as I enjoyed taking them because if so you had a lot of fun.

The first one today is a maker called Martin Annegarn or MAknives who makes some very cool high precision folders. Martin works from a tiny home workshop but he does…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 28, 2013 at 11:15 — 6 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 6

Today we're staring off with Sander van der Veld or Field Knives

Sander is a hobbyist knifemaker who recently started. His specialty is a model he calls the PFB or Pocket Fixed Blade. Which is a…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 27, 2013 at 0:43 — 2 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 5

Now as everyone knows sometimes people come from far for these knifeshows.

The dealer who's next did come from as far away as South Africa.

Here's some of the things they brought with them

André van Heerder knives. I loved this one because of the pattern that snakes between the carbon fibre scales and the lovely damascus…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 26, 2013 at 6:27 — 1 Comment

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 4

Folder and fixed blades both today.

First of these is Filip de Leeuw of Deviant Blades who makes some awesome folding knives. His Forté is titanium framelocks. But he's also done a friction folder that got picked up and will be released this summer.

Filip works pretty much with nothing but Premium materials like Mammoth, Carbon Fibre, G-10 etc. And makes for a very nice folding knife. He told me…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 25, 2013 at 6:10 — 2 Comments

Why I love the Trapper pattern knife.

I love the Trapper pattern knife and I have more of them in my collection than any other pattern. The reason is not the sleek lines or any other visible attribute. It's because I have used it more than any other pattern being a former fur trapper.

I spent 10 years trapping 'coons, fox, 'rats, 'possum, skunk, and anything else of value for its pelt. Many Christmases were merrier becasue of it. I would cut small branches for guide sticks, sharpen points on ground stakes, and cut bait…

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Added by Chuck Parham on April 25, 2013 at 4:57 — 5 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 3

Today we get started with a man who is soo precise with a hand file that he's gotten the nickname "the human CNC machine" among Dutch knifemakers.

His name is Gert van Elsen and he does virtually all his work by hand.

One of the things he loves to do is…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 24, 2013 at 4:11 — 3 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 2

Picking up where I left off yesterday. Starting with a local that lives in the city where the show was held, Tiel.

Eric de Feijter is a stock removal knifemaker that does his own Heat Treat. His specialty is in knives that are heavily scandinavian influenced but he's also tried his hand at some scagelesque knives and knives influenced by american knife styles.

Here he is at his table.…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 23, 2013 at 2:12 — 5 Comments

Knife makers of the Dutch Knife Exhibition part 1 (attempt #2)

Last Saturday I visited the one knifeshow my little country has every year. (It's ok, there's a couple more in Germany, Belgium and France every year as well and they're just around the corner so don't feel TOO bad for me)

Entering the room I found it to be very well visited. After browsing for a couple of hours I took out the camera and started taking pictures....then I put away the camera and took out my cellphone because apparantly that takes better pictures in the terrible…

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Added by Alexander Noot on April 22, 2013 at 14:21 — 6 Comments

The youth of today are our future.

We must take our youth of today and forge them into tomorrow's generation of knife collectors and makers. Gentle guidance to encourage and develop their growth in the love of knives. Teaching the history of cuttlery as well as its place in today's world and in the future. Reference books and catalogs for them to use instead of video games. TV shows promoting cuttlery. Hands on training in the art of blade crafting.

I started my grandson out by giving him a freebie knife when I…

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Added by Chuck Parham on April 22, 2013 at 7:59 — 19 Comments

100% Custom knives by me....an ongoing endeavour.

For about 3 years now I have been drawing up & cutting out my own fixed blade knife designs. I have yet to complete even one of them. That is terrible, I know, but I am easily distracted by a Paying job and family. This Blog will help me to keep track of the projects.  Please offer up ideas and advice freely, I welcome all of it.

I will list these projects as I started them:

1/2011

.125 x 1.5" 1095 steel knives. I started with a simple modified Tanto design with 3"…

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Added by Brad T. on April 19, 2013 at 18:00 — 15 Comments


In Memoriam
How many?

I was wondering how many knives the majority of collectors on IKC, have purchased this year. Starting with Jan. 1, 2013. I have bought 4 and thats a little more than I usually buy, by this time of year. Oh, by the way, I just ordered another one. Well my birthdays coming up. LOL

Added by Robert Burris on April 18, 2013 at 14:02 — 23 Comments

Alabama Damascus Steel & Cutlery

??? Has anyone done business w/ these folks ???



Alabama Damascus Steel & Cutlery

They've a nice price on a knife blank.…

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Added by D ale on April 14, 2013 at 16:30 — 12 Comments

Upcoming Auctions

I thought I would start a BLOG to let you all know about some of the Auctions that will be happening at the Blade Show.  YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO ENTER.

Each Item will tell you who to contact with your bid and information.  These are not your everyday knives folks, take a look at the makers and who will be the recipient of the proceeds…

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Added by Jan Carter on April 11, 2013 at 19:15 — 1 Comment

Humid condition of Singapore - rust spots, dark brass and fungus!

while looking thru my collection..i found to my horror rust spots on one of the 1075 high carbon blade and fungus growth, even on smooth mirror polish blades or on the G10 handles or even on the packaging boxes.... these fungus are similar to the lens fungus found in lens and camera, whitish color, with its tentacles spreading out clawling and anchoring itself into any microscopic crevices of the blades or handles.



i have wiped all with Sentry Solution Tuf-Cloth and now putting into…

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Added by KK Low on April 6, 2013 at 9:14 — 4 Comments

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