The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
I am new to iKC, and thought I would describe to you my knife collecting life (which is not too long). To start with, I am a recently retired structural engineer. I worked 34 year performing stress analysis on aircraft wheels, brakes, and struts, mostly for large commercial aircraft, but also some military aircraft. If you don't mind me "tooting my own horn", I structurally designed the B2 (stealth bomber) main wheels and brakes. I retired in March of 2011, and picked up an old hobby I had as a kid; knife collecting.
I bought some books and read up on the subject. Slowly at first, I began to buy knives, mostly on ebay. As I started collecting knives, I was overwhelmed at the variety. One thing that came early in my knive collecting career, is that I was not interested in assault knives or fixed blade knives (no offense to you who do collect these kind of knives). The variety of sizes, kinds, materials, makers, etc. was very interesting to me. I ended up with quite a few. I bought a big Gerstner chest to keep them in. After about a year I pretty well filled it. I concentrated mostly on Case knives, but really had many different brands. I even splurged a few times and bought some YellowHorse knives.
My father-in-law passed away and I inherited several of his machines/tools. I added a few of my own, and now I can sharpen, polish, and restore knives. It took a while for me to learn, but now I do it routinely.
Next, my wife opened a small booth at an antique mall in Goshen, Indiana. So I got the bright idea of trying to sell knives from her shop. So I bought more knives to stock the store. Well needless to say, my success was minimal, part of it due to lack of traffic by our store. So now my wife and I are moving to another antique dealer where I will see if my luck is any better. I have also sold some knives on ebay.
Hopefully the new location along with the approaching Christmas season will increase my small local business. I do not have a web page yet, but I might do that.
In spite of all this, I truly enjoy knife collecting and working on them. It is a fun, fun hobby.
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