My visit to Smoky Mountain Knife Works #7

I got my first Rough Riders this trip to SMKW.


This is a Rough Rider brown jigged bone baby toothpick RR063.


This is a Rough Rider brown jigged bone small stockman RR194.


This is a Case 63087SS jigged brown delrin medium stockman CA217.  (Steve Hanner will be glad to know that I bought two stockman knives!)


And saving the best for last!  This is a Case 6254SS smooth antique bone trapper CA6142JS.


I hope I have given some idea of what SMKW is like.  I think every knife collector owes it to himself to visit it at least once in his lifetime.

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Comment by Chuck Parham on July 24, 2013 at 18:53

Awesome blog Charles. Thanks for a fantastic trip through WONDERLAND!!!! Great pictures and the KL guys are the best for adding to your pics. Great job my friend!!

Comment by Stanley May on July 24, 2013 at 11:20

Charles, this has got to be the best blog of the year.  What a great job you did in showing us what SMKW is like.  I enjoyed all the pics of the facility, the KL guys, the knives you bought, etc.  Thanks so much, and great job. 

Comment by Donald Lee Hargrove on July 23, 2013 at 15:46

Great story.  SMKW really is magical.  Have you ever seen a raccoon running on two legs with a load of food in his front paws?  That's how I look when I visit the KnifeWorks.  Just give me one each of everything.  And I keep on having to ask my wife for more money which wears her out.  But it is such a cool store.  I passed it on my way to Gatlinburg for several years, but once I finally stopped I was hooked.  I can now proudly say that I truly have "too many knives"!  LOL!

Comment by Charles Sample on July 22, 2013 at 12:56

I have one of their catalogs on order Peter.  Haven't received it yet though.  But looking forward to it.

BTW, that is some very good advice at the bottom of your post.

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Comment by Robert Burris on July 22, 2013 at 9:56

Great, thanks for sharing.

Comment by peter force on July 22, 2013 at 9:15

again another BINGO!! ..not me but so many folks i know SMKW is here they buy their FIRST RR knives...i guess becuase you can finally feel them in hand. and you can still go to the SMKW and sign up for their catalog...once you do you willl get it forever.. here is the link for those who would like to reeive their cats! . http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/Order.do?action=orderCatalog just cikc and fill out! -HOPE I HELPED-



Comment by Ken Spielvogel on July 22, 2013 at 1:00

What is in some peoples minds? I guess they think they can sell those things. Yes, they truly need the message but if they could just realize you don't have to steal it. Its free.

Comment by Charles Sample on July 22, 2013 at 0:54

Ken, a sad commentary on the times we live in.  Just before I bought the Jesus Saves knife, someone stole one of them.  It was in a display case sitting on a display counter.  Apparently a clerk left the case unlocked and someone stole the knife out of it.  As I was walking up to the counter, one clerk was telling the other clerk about it.  Obviously whoever stole it needs the message it carries.

And in the same vein, Josh told me that the thing they have stolen the most is Bible covers!

Comment by Ken Spielvogel on July 22, 2013 at 0:40

Love that Case "Jesus Saves" Knife

Comment by Craig Henry on July 22, 2013 at 0:31

I first bought knives from SMKW back in the late 1970's, but I've never been there. 

Their catalog back in the 70's was about a six page newspaper like catalog! 

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