The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
When Donnie started collecting you had to go to a knife show or travel to a dealer. Your local hardware usually only carried a few patterns from one maybe two makers. Of course as he became an adult, the area around Gatlinburg always had somewhere you could go see numerous brands and being from the South he went there as often as possible.
When I became interested, we had a few dealers that were online. They would tell you what they had and if you were interested, they would email you a picture. Then came the auction site to beat all, eBay My personal opinion, the ability to see so many different brands and styles was amazing.
As time has gone on and eBay lists about everything it is a great research tool. Take Schrade for example. You can go on ebay and by looking through the 30 or 40 pages of Schrade knifes you can see the timeline of the company. The different tang stamps, models of older knives and the new models made off shore.
I like to utilize eBay for the oddity items. The items that cutlery companies of old used to advertise their wears. Newspaper ads, marbles imprinted with the companies names, I have even found salesman's ties with the company name and logos. So what did the advent of eBay mean for your collection?
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