It’s been so hearting to see folks here on iKC who for 50 years or more have collected knives. I watch Versus Network and the Outdoor Channel and they have Cabalas, Mossy Oak and other corporate sponsored teen hunts and – God Bless them, Bass Pro Shops have seminars for youth. It’s a fact not an argument that hunting has saved the American Turkey and it’s created a healthier whitetail population with proper management. It’s also the same for most migratory birds too. It’s the passion behind the cause that creates this kind of results and allows for the harvesting and management this naturall resorse.
What about knife collecting, the survey supports that tactical knife are what the 30 and under age groups are buying… They are also spending lots of money on imported blades of all patterns. Case help Frost make Corelon and acceptable handle material that’s now selling in other brands for sub $10.
My thought here is this; where are the Case marketing dollars going to that will prop-up traditional knife patterns or are they leaving the to Bear and Sons, GEC, and a handful of American made knives. I do not see any youth programs out of any knife manufacturers.
The best story I know of regarding this is Michael Sabol an 11 year old member of this iKC family who was at a show and one of the VPs of GEC sold him a 3 spring whittler for $1.00.
My son loves collecting knives and that’s why I’m looking to swap out some to keep it fresh to him. But where are the Buck, Case, Kershaw, Bear & Sons, etc. and then where the custom knife guilds and what are they doing in promoting their craft to youths. And why are not more of the collectors, merchants, and show folks doing something to gain new blood into the mix. Cheep foreign knives are not the answer. A quick fix but it’s my humble opinion that a good knife is like a good gun. I recall saving the return deposits on cola bottles until I had enough to buy a Benjamin Pump Pellet Rifle I still own and my son shoots 40 years later.
I think the answer is mentoring by way of networking like this forum provides for. I think knife shows should promote some collectors to donate some knifes that can be raffled off to youth. I think Case has a great Idea behind the “My first Case Knife” but why one style and why not 100 trappers (bone not synthetic or corelon) that a young person can take pride of ownership with. How about each one of us; I have 30 knives or so that are keeper to a younger person who’s never collected a thing of value can get that feeling of responsibility and delayed gratification. Today’s children’s attention span is short. That’s why I want to freshen up our collection and give Kell the sense of the art of bargaining; giving up this for that.
Bass Pro Shops, Remington, Mossy Oak, Cabalas and others are investing in their future by use of promotional hunts, media shows with youth as the host… products for youth and female sport geer. They're not only investing in just their products marketing but investing in the sport of hunting, wildlife concervation and opening up doors for more participation thus assuring it’s all not going to be legislated out of existence by the anti gun folks. Well, we knife folks have had switchblades taken away from us years ago and more recently the thrust to take away assisted openers for no good reason except as political payback for special interest.
When are we going to learn our lesson? Will it be when someone sneaks in a bill a ban on interstate transport of knives? Or will our manufacturers, custom knife makers get out and promote proudly this wonderful hobby in ways that seem to be working for hunting, wildlife preservation, and commerce?
I hope we do so; there should at least be company that puts out a bumper sticker that says “Take a Youth to a Knife Collectors Show” and we should all do so when the next one is near you. I will be there will Kell and a one of his friends.