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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 store crawl. After finding no fewer than four good pairs of cargo pocket pants, a nice hawaiin shirt and a NIB transistor radio, (a stellar day in my junkin' world). As I went to leave that last thrift store, (of the four I hit today), I noticed out of the corner of my eye that there appeared to be some pocket knives in a display case, something unusual as I have never seen a single knife at that store before today. There were four US-made folding pocket knives staring back at me, which turned out to be a Queen Steel Slimline Trapper and three various Colonials. They wanted $7.95 each for them and after giving them a once over I decided to buy the Queen Steel knife, as in my mind it was in the best condition of the four, (the Colonials were all carbon-bladed and a bit rusty). I figured $8 for a Queen anything was a decent deal so I popped for it. I'm going to sleep on the other knives, I think I'll go back in tomorrow and offer them $20 for the remaining Colonials. The Queen was the first of that brand I had ever seen in this county and was in good condition, full blade, still sharp and snappy, with jigged Delrin handles in a pattern I'd seen online on other Queens, (Barlows mainly). I thought at first it had a SS blade, but after closer inspection I found a few pits on the blade so I now think it might be carbon. I'm not sure of the model number, but I think it was well worth the $8 I paid whatever it is. While I commiserate on whether to go back and buy those three Colonials here are photos of the Queen, (the only Queen stamped knife I have, though I have a Trestle Pines Barlow that was made by Queen). Decisions, decisions, three Colonials for under $25; should I or shouldn't I.....?
Well, whatever I do tomorrow I guess you could say I was back collecting knives, not that I can afford to continue collecting knives, but since we all agree it is a type of addiction I guess that's all the justification I need. Stand by, there may be photos of three Colonials here tomorrow, and after all IT IS an addiction isn't it???
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