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September 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Holding a Knife Before Purchase......For A Price?

I see a lot of discussion on how people like to actually HOLD the knives before they make a purchasing decsion. So I thought I would post these links.

But what was driving the effect? The team's initial hypothesis was that the behavior is driven by a classic Pavlovian response. "Behavioral neuroscience suggests that when I put something appetizing in front of you, your brain activates motor…

Added by Trent Rock on September 28, 2010 at 21:08 — 4 Comments

In Memoriam
Has the economy helped or hurt knife collecting- what do you say?

Is our hobby being impacted by the current economic situation? That's the subject of today's opinion poll.

I've heard it argued both ways- in good times folks are flush with cash and looking for something to get into- or the contrary- in bad times folks pull back, spend their money more wisely and have less disposable income and therefore aren't looking for…

Added by Scott King on September 28, 2010 at 18:30 — 10 Comments

Another Name By Any Other...

To paraphrase the Charles Perrault classic Le Petit Chaperon Rouge ..... Over the the Internet and through the stores we hear... the word tactical, as it is applied to knives. I understanding the marketing aspect of using this word as a branding device, wherein "tactical" tends to sell better than… Continue

Added by kage on September 16, 2010 at 0:30 — 5 Comments

Fancy Chemical Issues for Knife Collectors:

(And my thanks to Gary Kennedy who brought it to mind.)

Two things you might need to know about both cleaning up knives and them keeping them in place. Let me give you my thoughts on the cheap way first and then the fancy pain-in-the-tuchas expensive way.…


Added by Bill Harvey on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 — No Comments


There is a school of thought that says two is one and one is none. I first heard this from the movie G.I. Jane. It may be a movie, but since I seriously got into the knife collecting and survivalist culture I realized that a lot of experts and sources actually advocate this kind of thinking.

Another school of thought that I crossed was…


Added by Relly Carpio on September 12, 2010 at 12:30 — 13 Comments

In Memoriam
The Tale of My Antique Letter Opener & Airport Security

I do a bit of traveling on commercial airlines and one day knew I'd forget to take one of my blades out from my briefcase. It was inevitable. While I do have two briefcases- one for work and one for knife shows- it was having knives in my work one that I worried about.

Yes, I tend to use my briefcase to carry knives in- typically though I use it for hauling the ones sent to my office for me to take home (eBay purchases). But I've always worried one day I'd have a…

Added by Scott King on September 6, 2010 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Another question about curating knife collections:

Any of you use desiccants to protect your collections? If so, where do you live, (how humid?) and in what what do you keep your knives? (I make drawer cases for all manner of collectors -and lots of knife collectors- and wonder if I ought to help them worry about corrosion.)

Added by Bill Harvey on September 3, 2010 at 7:26 — 3 Comments

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