iKC is home of a very diverse group of knife enthusiasts. All you have to do is set the photos to slide show and you will see. Because of our wide range of knife likes, not everyone here is a traditional pocketknife collector, per se, and yet, Case is one of the most popular knife companies in the world, so I thought I'd share a couple of things about my trip.
Yesterday I returned from my trip to Bradford, Pa. where I attended the W R Case Collector Reunion. It is a really bid deal to a lot of collectors. While I don't know the official count, I'd say there were at least a couple thousand collectors and their families who attended the reunion. Truth be told, I don't know if I'd have made the trek from Alabama had Case not asked me to be the auctioneer for their Grand Collector Auction where they auction a highly select few special knives. This auction was no different. There were only 13 lots (either a single knife or a set of knives) in the auction and it only lasted a little more than 30 minutes, but to many in attendance the auction is the grand finale of their time there. I don't say that because I'm the auctioneer :), instead, seeing Case's one of a kind- mostly prototypes, sell for thousands of dollars is fascinating.
I had the opportunity to meet many fellow iKC members there too. One of the aspects of iKC I enjoy the most is getting to know like-minded collectors. Then getting to meet them in person is icing on the cake. I meet Jim Prather
, Bob Picklesimer
, Gerald Hines
, Jack Crook
& Lynn Page
. Then others I know and have previously meet, who were there, included Roger Cunningham
, Ken Mundhenk
, Gary Kenned
y. I'm sure there were others who I ran into and didn't realize there were iKC members too. While I was out and about, I was busy spreading the iKC news too.
I'd be remiss not to mention our Jack Crook,
who serves as the Case Collector Club's president, was announced as among the very first Case Ambassadors. This designation is the highest award by Case and is a big deal. Congrats Jack! We are proud of you and appreciate all you do to promote our hobby!
If you like traditional knives, or are a Case fan, make sure you plan to attend their next Reunion in 2012. It's a blast! Who knows one day we might have an iKC dinner the nite before too! :)