June 2012 Blog Posts (21)

Burke, Idaho: A Modern Ghost Town and a Lesson in Economics, Pt. 4

First, let me apologize for taking so long to get this out. Between work and being sick, I just haven't been able to move on to the next chapter of our little story. Onward!

In the previous posting, we left off at the end of what remains of Burke's Commercial District. Thus far, nearly all of the photos that I've shown have been of homes, buildings, vacant lots and hillsides located on the left side of street that runs right through the middle of the town. Are you curious to…


Added by Chris Stookey on June 30, 2012 at 18:05 — 2 Comments

Contest #4, Clue #1

OK guys and gals:

Here is Clue number 1 for Contest number 4

If 2 more people answered this Contest we would see that 3 is really iii.

Good luck everyone.

Added by Lee Saunders on June 29, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Knife Show Etiquette

Knife Show Etiquette

Knife shows are a lot of fun.

They are best,however, when visitors follow a few basic rules of courtesy.

These are:

Do not handle knives without permission.

Do not touch the blade or the edge of any knife offered or

displayed as a collector's item.

Do not wipe off the blade of a knife. Let the exhibitor do it.

Do not open more than one blade of a folding knife at a time.

Do not block a sale table if…


Added by Sue OldsWidow on June 28, 2012 at 20:49 — 9 Comments

PRIZE For Contest #4

As I explained in the post about this contest (#4), the winner gets to make his/her choice between three knives.

  • A Craftsman Barlow.  You don't see a lot of them, this one looks like the 1960s or so, saw cut brown bone handles, blades have a nice patina.  The tang reads Craftsman
  • A cracked Ice white colored handles on a small (2 5/8") advertisement knife with an attached hole that could allow you to connect a chain and attach the knife to something.  This knife is…

Added by Lee Saunders on June 25, 2012 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Knife Contest #4: Win a FREE knife

Well the last contest seemed to zip by with Peter's nice win.  I had expected a more difficult time and a little longer contest.  I even had at least one Tip to give you guys.

You're just too knife knowledgeable.  There is always someone at iKC who can deduce the answer....which is good.  But it always seems more fun when they go for at least 3-44 days.  You guys get me laughing I'll tell ya.

So, we will move forward with Contest #4.

I think it will take a little longer,…


Added by Lee Saunders on June 25, 2012 at 12:00 — 23 Comments

Beauchamp Knife Question

Hi Guys, I have a knife that I purchased a few years ago that is hand scribed on the blade," Handcrafted by H A Beauchamp". I found a G Beauchamp custom maker. Is this the same maker or possibly a coincidence? I can post pics as this knife is very similar to the G Beauchamp with a nice scrimshaw Eagle and mirror polished blade.

Thanks for any input.  Mike

Added by Mike Fox on June 23, 2012 at 10:30 — 8 Comments


Dang, even a blind dog could win this contest!

I could flip a coin and have a one in sumpthin chance of winning, and I have flipping challenges.

Added by Lee Saunders on June 22, 2012 at 19:49 — 7 Comments

The NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky

I love Hot Rods maybe as much as I love knives.  And guns.  And motorcycles.....

Anyway each year on Father's Day is the big Hot Rod Reun ion in Bowling Green Kentucky.

There are a lot of Hot Rod Reunions, last year i went to the one down in Long Beach California.

I would love to go to this one, some nice cars for sure.  And since I could not go, then Byrd's photographsare…


Added by Lee Saunders on June 22, 2012 at 18:07 — 2 Comments

July 4th Wounded Warrior Project Auction Starts TODAY!!! Ivory

July 4th Wounded Warrior Project Auction Starts TODAY!!!

(copied from http://blog.tsaknives.com/2012/06/22/july-4th-wounded-warrior-project-auction-starts-today.aspx)

Got to thinking about the 4th of July holiday coming up in just a week and a half and thought it's time to get the…

Added by Jan Carter on June 22, 2012 at 16:56 — No Comments

Updated Knives in Cases and NEW KNIFE CONTEST!!!

You may remember my case full of Barlows and you may remember that the individual holders of that case were really too small for standard size Barlows and would not even partially hold the old Grand-Daddy Barlows.

So I did nove the Barlows into a new case and I will post those soon..  And I added a few G.D. (no I am not cussing) Barlows as well.

That gave me an empty case to fill up.  So the pics below are a mixture of things.

The first photo is an entire row of…


Added by Lee Saunders on June 21, 2012 at 23:30 — 16 Comments

Take a kid knifin'

What a wonderful weekend for the kids to learn to enjoy knives

SharpKidz Camp Cutfun In -SMKW

June 21rst

Day Camp from 9 am to 3 pm for SharpKidz members that will include activities and demonstrations

5th Annual Youth Hammer In

June 22, 23 and 24, 2012

Offered by the…


Added by Jan Carter on June 14, 2012 at 20:16 — 3 Comments

Blade Show winners

Named at this past weekend's 2012 BLADE Show (www.bladeshow.com) at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, the Blade Magazine 2012 Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards went to the finest production knives the world has to offer.


KAI USA and its knife divisions of Kershaw, Zero Tolerance and Shun dominated the awards, taking home four of the honors: Overall, Best Buy, Knife Collaboration and Kitchen Knife. DPx Gear was a…


Added by Jan Carter on June 12, 2012 at 18:58 — 13 Comments

Two (New) Old Sheffield Stags

I received two beautiful old Sheffield (I think) stags today.

You can see one is a foldingg knife and the other is a very large Bowie or hunting knife (?)  I'm not sure.  I bought these from a guy on All About Pocket Knives (AAPK).  I have bought a few knives from him over the last two years and I always print out info when I buy them but I can't find it today.  And he always sends printed info when he ships a knife, but not this time.

And what do you know....the Bowie or…


Added by Lee Saunders on June 11, 2012 at 21:49 — 5 Comments

Paracord - for a versatile sheath.

I love this "City Hunter" by G. Sakai (Seki, Japan) that I recently purchased from SunBladesKnives – another gorgeous Japanese knife indeed. But I really do not like the sheath; the quality of construction and design is especially disappointing. In particular, I found that the curve of the loop lacked harmony.

So I did not have qualms about cutting 35 inches of Paracord to introduce some modifications, in order to make the sheath more versatile, too, because I like…


Added by Jean-François on June 11, 2012 at 10:24 — 1 Comment

auction results

Well Steve it was a screwy auction, so many knives, and so much going on at one time, One of the presenters was doing a fine job, and the other was kinda hiding the stag and better knives, that is untill my large brother steppped in and called them out about it. But most of the damage was done before my brother got T'd off.…


Added by Charles Ray Wagnor on June 11, 2012 at 7:10 — 9 Comments

In Memoriam
EK Commando Knife

Just got home an hour ago from the Goodyear, AZ gun show and couldn't wait to share my new find of a 2nd Generation John EK Commando Knife. ( I carried a first gen. when I served actively in Germany in the late 70's).

This one is unique as it has Copper rivets instead of the lead or brass rivets. (It is my belief that only about 50 of these were made, but I'll find out more when I call EK tomorrow.) The knife is an M3 with Wallnut sacales, High carbon steel, 1 1/2 edged blade, full…


Added by Leopold Lacrimosa on June 10, 2012 at 20:45 — 5 Comments

Burke, Idaho, a Modern Ghost Town and a Lesson in Economics Part 3

In "Burke, Idaho, a Modern Ghost Town and a Lesson in Economics Part 2", we left off at the point where some inhabited homes transitioned into totally abandoned buildings. As you can see from the closing photo in the previous blog posting, the left side of the street was largely "residential".

One of the physical challenges that the surrounding landscape posed for Burke's residents was that the floor of the canyon is only 300 feet across. Once that "flat" floor space was used…


Added by Chris Stookey on June 10, 2012 at 14:58 — 3 Comments

A Day at the Blade

Had a wonderful time, put up some pics last night.  We had a few folks come by to talk with us yesterday but not too many.  It was a nice time, met some great folks.  I will write more today, have a laundry list of people to see and knives to open and close.  

So far I have handed out over 150 business cards with iKC's web address.  Having a great time spreading the word  Wish you were all here with us!!

Added by Jan Carter on June 9, 2012 at 6:53 — 7 Comments

iKC Meet and Greet Win a knife and get some free stuff

I want to meet every iKC member that goes to the Blade show and I want you all to meet each other.  Always nice to put a person in place of the typing!  So here is the deal.

IKC Meet and Greet  

when:  Friday 4pm

where: Next to Great Eastern Cutlery/Daniels Knives

I have some goodies from my favorite dealer that he has provided for us also

There will be a drawing for a knife.  Here is the question,

Cattaraugus Cutlery Company…


Added by Jan Carter on June 6, 2012 at 19:30 — 1 Comment


Got an update from Blade Magazine today and got quite a surprise.  I did not know there was a  Bob Loveless movie  in the works.  Check this out

Movie Trailer: Robert Loveless, An American Legend


Added by Jan Carter on June 5, 2012 at 18:44 — No Comments

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