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In case you didn't know, SMKW, (Smokey Mountain Knife Works), has an Ebay store. Here's a link: http://stores.ebay.com/MVPs-Knives?_trksid=p2047675.l2563. They call it something else, but if you dig around on the store site you find the SMKW references. They have a quite a number of very nice, very delicious US-made knives for sale, some of them very seldom seen for sale, (like this Buck, but also Case, Robeson, and many others). Before I figured out who they were, I was wondering just where they got all these collectible knives, and now I know. Think about it, SMKW has all those past SFO's, and oh so many other collectibles from past decades stuffed away on a shelf somewhere. Apparently they are selling off some of their NOS, (new old stock), and I for one am taking advantage of it.
I just won a new-in-the-box SFO, (special factory order), Buck #331 Grand Daddy Barlow in Black Sawcut Delrin, made by Camillus on SFO around 1999, and only sold in the SMKW catalog; never listed or sold by Buck itself. It will be one of the jewels in my CC-made 300 series collection, and one I never expected to even see for sale. I am also bidding on another item they have listed, but won't mention which so I won't be competing with you guys for that one. The price I paid was on the upper end of what I am comfortable paying, (way upper end), but I've seen them sell for much more, and have never seen one new-in-box, so I'm happy, (but broke). I'm scared to death that I will win that second auction, but I'm sure that won't deter me, (I can live on peanut butter and beans if necessary).
I, really, really should not have spent so much on a single knife, and my budget will suffer considerably because of it, but the chance to get one of these new in the box was just too rare a chance to pass up, (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it). I'll have to sell off something else to make up for it, but it's worth it considering what I scored, (in my dysfunctional addictive opinion that is). If I win the second auction I will be doubly screwed budget-wise, but I will have two very cool, very collectible knives to look at while standing in the local soup line.
Stay tuned. Here's a photo from the auction, will post others when it arrives. I'll also track down some further historical info on the knife, and will post that here also.
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