From the time I was a young boy I loved looking and watching my dad buying and collecting knives.When he gave me my first knife I was in love . I starting going to places to buy knives. Some days I would go to the hardware store and just gaze thru the glass case thinking of witch one I wanted to get next. Then when I started working I would pull my knife out to cut something and people would ask me were I got that.and I would tell them. It always gave us something to talk about.

Then sometimes people would ask me if I would get them one like that. So I would bring a couple in to work and we would trade them. Collecting knives made me many friends .I would come in and my co workers would ask me what kind did you get now, and I would pull another new one out of my pocket. They would pass it around, look at it and sometimes ask to buy it.

It goes to show you that this hobby is not only fun but you make good friends doing it. If someone ask me what hobby to get into I would tell them knife collecting. Its not only fun but you meet a lot of great people along the way.

How many of you have had a great experience like this in this hobby?

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Comment by Jan Carter on November 9, 2017 at 7:31

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Comment by Robert Burris on November 13, 2011 at 17:56

Stephen, if Santa pass's in south Louisiana, by the Bayou Jack swamp this year I might just be in luck for one of James knives.

Comment by stephen tungate on November 10, 2011 at 12:17

how about a great james ivy custom i would take one of those any day.....

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Comment by Robert Burris on November 10, 2011 at 10:10

That's real neat James, I use only custom fixed blades, Matt Lesniewski, James Behring, Greg Skekatees and Randall.   I have mutiples of these makers for different knife applications. Nothing beats a custom in a collection or in the field.

Comment by Jan Carter on November 4, 2011 at 16:16
Thats what it's all about Marios
Comment by Marios Kardaras on November 4, 2011 at 10:53

I have made good friends during knife collecting.Especially one  seller in a store of Victorinox knives who in a few months became good friends.Now i am always stopping by his store for a coffee and a good talk about swiss army knives.

Comment by Jan Carter on October 23, 2011 at 14:37

What a great story about receiving your first knife Gerald.  Who knows, maybe someone found it after that Tornado that needed a knife at just that moment in time.  

Funny, we never thought about taking a knife to school...everyone had one

Comment by Gerald Hines on October 22, 2011 at 23:03
My first knife at age 5 was a well worn fishing knife my Great Grandfather gave me on a fishing trip. He got tired of having to cut my line out of the trees and said here take this and put it in your pocket. After the fishing trip when I went to give him back his knife he said "It's yours I gave it to you take care of it". I kept this knife from then (1948 until our house was destroyed by a Tornado in 1982, I still don't know what happened to the knife,but it was not the only thing we couldn't find. I can remember even into junior high dropping knives with my friends, sometimes you won sometimes you lost. I didn't start serious collecting until around 2000, up until that time every knive I bought was a user.
Comment by Billy Oneale on October 19, 2011 at 22:03
Everyone always wants to see what kind of knife you have. I always ask when I see someone pull one out of their pocket, or if I see it sticking out from a high riding clip. I found out a couple of weeks ago about a surveyor I am using on a job that he like knives. I went to his office and noticed a Case box. When I asked him about he told me he collected knives and showed me a big Bear and Bull display knife he had. He is wanting a Randall really bad. Of course, I don't blame him for that, I would love to have one also. You never know who you will meet in this hobby/addiction.

Comment by Craig Henry on October 19, 2011 at 16:54
Funny about knives. All people seem to be drawn to them. Back in the 80's when my brother-in-law and I were knife dealers, at almost every gun and knife show couples would walk by, and many times it was the wife/girlfriend that would say "Hey look at that nice knife", and then they'd walk over and have a look-see! And it doesn't matter what the age is; from the youngest kid to the oldest, knives have that special attraction...like a magnet...talking to them "Come look at me."

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