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National Knife Day 8/24/2019!

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...?  :)

Added by dead_left_knife_guy on August 22, 2019 at 23:25 — No Comments

How about a blog on Heat Treating Recipes? As well as the Rockwell hardness you get for the same.

Here are some of the steels I use. Always looking for new Heat Treat recipes. Been at this a while if you need on let me know. the picture is a sample of what I do. The balance can be seen on FB at Mongrel Knives. Hope I am not violating any rules here still trying to navigate the site. Ken

440 C

154 CM

CPM 154 CM





Very occasionally a non stainless. I do Gun shows to sell my knives and just go tired of…


Added by Kenneth Bruce Hills on August 22, 2019 at 18:27 — No Comments

Son just gave me this Case

My oldest son is a security guard and the other day he had to stop someone going through the metal detector when it

went off.  It seems the man had a yellow handled Case 3254 carbon steel trapper.  He informed the man that he couldn't take the knife in with him and did he want to return to his vehicle and put the knife up.  The man told him no you can have it or just throw it in the trash.  So naturally my son brought it home to me.  It had been so long since it had be oiled that the…


Added by Rome D. Rushing on July 23, 2019 at 16:55 — 3 Comments

Thrift store find!

Finally a new, (to me), knife to report, a genuine Camillus TL-29 found at one of my honey hole local thrift stores. Hardwood handle, stamped with the model number and in pretty good condition, (shown as found, uncleaned). Glad to be collecting again, at least for the time being.…


Added by Syd Carr on July 9, 2019 at 19:50 — 12 Comments

John Primble Knife

I have been cleaning a knife that once I was able to open it and get the blade cleaned, I found a tang stamp that says, ‘John Primble, India, Steel Works’. It has metal scales with ‘I KUT’ on one side. I have not been able to find any info on this knife. I would appreciate any info any of you might have. Thanks…


Added by Cece Moulins on June 18, 2019 at 17:34 — 6 Comments

Making the move to Arkansas


  I've been giving this a lot of thought and after spending a couple of weeks there. I figured it was time to make the move. So as of 6-1-19 I will be an Arkansas resident, My Sister and her Husband have lived there for 30+ years.

  She's been asking me to come stay for a week or so and I finally did.

 I moved to a small town called Glenwood, its about 35 miles east of Hot Springs. A 6 hour drive I did not enjoy as it was hot and I got really tired towards the end of…


Added by Wally Guittard on June 14, 2019 at 15:28 — 8 Comments

Fightin Rooster Knife collection

large collection for sale or will part. Please message me if interested I have to many to list. May just have the fightin rooster knfe you have been looking for to add to your collection. Many pearl, Proro types and low number knives in mint condition.

Added by Louie Hohl on March 31, 2019 at 10:24 — No Comments

Knife show on a budget

Kaylin and I, along with my grandson, Nik, and son-in-law, Matt, made the 5 hour drive up to the Dalton show, this past weekend.

While the biggest topic of conversation was Jan's not being able to come, we still had a great time.  As always, I enjoy seeking out other iKC members and sponsors; special shout out to Ken and Roger, of Blue…


Added by J.J. Smith III on March 18, 2019 at 13:00 — 11 Comments

Info on A.J. Jordan Knife

Found a A.J. Jordan - Sheffield England pocket knife at an estate sale for next to nothing and wondered about the maker. Main blade is broken (hence the next to nothing price) will likely try to restore if I can find a replacement blade. 

Added by Ron Stanphill on March 10, 2019 at 23:02 — 4 Comments

Thrift Store Treasure

Just found this Camillus 5" Boy Scouts Of America Folding Hunter, jigged bone handles, single bolster, BSA shield & inscription, and oh, did I mention the oh-so-cool secondary serrated blade? This has separate locks for each blade, something I have never seen before. I've been watching this knife at a local thrift store for months, hoping no one would buy it out from under me, fortunately it was priced so high no one snagged it, so I took a chance and waited for a sale. Well, today they…


Added by Syd Carr on March 1, 2019 at 1:04 — 2 Comments


like the knife and congratulations on the recognition!

Added by Eric Windmann on February 4, 2019 at 21:31 — No Comments

The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives! (Look! I made a Top Five list!)

The Top Five Boker Fixed Blade Knives

(Since 1955)

As you may already know, I am a fan of Boker knives. I am not so much a fan of “Top 5” or “Top 10” lists, but so many people are doing it, there must be something to it! I have limited this list to post-WW2 knives, because the pre-war knives are so difficult to find nowadays. All the knives in this list are still being produced by the Heinrich Boker Baumwerk in Solingen, Germany. So if…


Added by Ricky Ray on December 21, 2018 at 9:32 — 3 Comments

1950's Cold War Strategic Air Command (SAC) Long Range Bomber Crew Survival Knife!

Over half a century ago the United States Air Force was America's primary nuclear deterrent. This was accomplished by its long range bomber aircraft operated by the Strategic Air Command, the B-36, the B-47 and later on the B-52. ICBMs came along even later. To maintain razor sharp proficiency in the nuclear mission long range training missions were an daily occurrence and took airmen over every corner of the world. The Air Force became interested in refining its survival kits and…


Added by Steve Dirgo on November 13, 2018 at 15:22 — 1 Comment

I'm back.....kinda

Well, I've not been that active in collecting knives the past year, but having had two major surgeries and concentrating on trying to pay off the knives I had purchased previous to a year ago has kept me otherwise occupied; until today. Having been pretty much confined to home most of the year got the best of me today, I was feeling good, and was done with the major event I put on in Big Sur annually so I decided I needed to get out of the house and me being me I chose to go on a thrift…


Added by Syd Carr on October 25, 2018 at 0:36 — 20 Comments

Western Fillet Knife

Have been doing some research on a Western Fillet knife; but I’m not finding any answers. Time to ask the pros. The subject knife is a Western (duh) fillet knife, with a 6” blade, and 11” overall. It is stamped W766, with an “F” code. What I’ve learned, or think I’ve learned is that it’s a Model W766, that was made in 1982. But what I also encounter is that by far, most of these model 766 fillet knives are marked S-W 766. Does anyone here know what, or why the difference with a knife…


Added by Michael Rosek on October 13, 2018 at 15:28 — 4 Comments

How and Why Custom Knives Appreciate in Value - Part 2

Next came the “Drawing!” No, not a picture, but those events that are now common place at every major knife show in the United States. My first experience with this was in the 80’s watching Michael Walker have a drawing for his knives (usually a single knife.) Anyone who has any experience with sales will tell you “money talks.” It is no different with the custom knife market. What was starting to happen is certain individuals would start to buy every knife on a…


Added by Les Robertson on August 20, 2018 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

How and Why Custom Knves Appreciate in Value - 1

This 5 part blog is based on 33 years watching the custom knife market and all the cycles therein.  I hope you find it informative.  

If you ask most custom knife buyers they will tell you, “I buy what they like,” with all other considerations being secondary; including the knife’s ability to appreciate in value. That being said, what is it that makes a knife appreciate in value?  Innovators and innovations will always find their way to the top.

If you look at the majority of…


Added by Les Robertson on August 19, 2018 at 11:47 — No Comments

Anyone into fighting rooster knives

Any one got fighting rooster knives 

Added by Jason on August 12, 2018 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

KA-BAR information sought

An uncle gave my Dad this KA-BAR in 1945.  Dad carried it every day until about 2000, and gave it to me in 2003 or 2004.  I would like to learn anything about it.  (I don't want to sell or trade it as it was my Dad's, and some day I will pass it on.)

(The grids in the photos are 1/4 inch.)

Many thanks.…


Added by Phil Harber on July 19, 2018 at 20:12 — 1 Comment

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