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:

Knifemakers of Old San Francisco (1978; 2nd edition 1998)
The Knife Identification and Value Guide (1981)
The Knife Collection of Albert Blevins (1988)
Pocketknives, a Collector's Guide (1993)
and Identifying Pocketknives (1998)

Since 1974 he has been a regular contributor to Blade Magazine and has published hundreds of feature articles about knives in this and other periodicals. Since 1978 he has written the
popular monthly "Whut Izzit" feature for Knife World Magazine, in which he identifies,
explains, and evaluates unusual knives.

From 1988 to 1996 he wrote the wide-ranging feature, "Bernard Levine's Knife Lore," for the National Knife Magazine, and his "From U.S.A. Report" for Tokyo's Knife magazine.
Mr. Levine serves as an adviser and consultant on cutlery to the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of American History, to the California Academy of Sciences, and to
other leading museums. He has testified as an expert witness in a wide variety of knife related court cases and commission hearings around the country. He has done knife research and
appraisals for hundreds of individual, corporate, and government clients around the world.

Mr. Levine is a life member of the National Knife Collectors Association and of the
National Rifle Association, and an honorary member of the Knifemakers Guild and
The American Bladesmith Society. In 1994 he was inducted into the Blade Publications
Cutlery Hall of Fame. Bernard Levine is a native of Boston. He attended Commonwealth
School and Harvard College. From 1969 to 1987 he lived and worked in California. He now
lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is active in the Oregon Knife Collectors Association.


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Comment by Craig Henry on February 18, 2013 at 16:42

I wonder if we can put his brain in a jar after he "goes"?

Comment by Jan Carter on February 18, 2013 at 14:55

It is almost scary how much this gentleman knows.  As collectors we are very fortunate that he has been good enough to write down and share as much as he has.

Comment by Ron Cooper on February 18, 2013 at 14:47

It's really hard to wrap my head around how one individual like Mr. Levine can acquire so much knowledge about so many obscure examples of cutlery. I mean, he is literally a living encyclopedia of knowledge for all things sharp! It blows my mind how much he knows about knives!

Comment by Sue OldsWidow on January 11, 2013 at 16:59

He was a very interesting Man to talk to at the knife shows too!

Comment by Craig Henry on January 10, 2013 at 23:44

You got that right Rick! And a great person  to work with! I learned a long time ago he is a treasure. He has done monumental research on the origins of knife pattern names, designs, and general histories. Whenever there's a question or discussion (argument? LOL!) about knife pattern names I whip out my Levine books. He makes sense of the whole thing, which can be very confusing, especially when there are OLD names for knives used by the old knife companies, and new names made up by collectors in modern times.

Comment by Rick Hooper on January 10, 2013 at 21:37

Mr Levine, I have contacted only once. He is a true no nonsence professional. He has saved me hundreds on knife purchases and made me thousands over the years , by correctly identifing brands, patterns and dates of manufacturing. We knife sellers and collectors owe him much! I wish him a great retirement in the future!

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