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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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Comment by Alexander Noot on December 7, 2012 at 2:26

There's a dutch one called marktplaats.nl which I use every now and then. It's not half bad either. Much less controlled.

Comment by Jan Carter on December 6, 2012 at 18:58

There are so many out there besides just eBay now.  Anyone have experience with Worthpoint or any of the others?

Comment by Alexander Noot on December 3, 2012 at 7:46

And Craig, sorry to hear about your bad experiences with it. Nowadays it's VERY difficult for a seller to give negative feedback. Almost impossible in fact.

Comment by Alexander Noot on December 3, 2012 at 7:45

For me it's meant that I've gotten access to a couple of knives that I normally wouldn't have bought or have been able to buy. At least 3 spring to mind:

1: A Suchat Jangtanong custom which I was able to win at an auction before he became more well known and upped his prices.

2) an A.G. Russell 2009 Texas Ranger. Which I was having a VERY hard time finding as there were only 1000 made and that was a while back. I finally snagged one a month or so back

3) An A.G. Russell bicentennial knife (brass version) which A.G. still sells but I wouldn't have been willing to pony up the full amount for. But I won one fairly cheap off the bay and I'm happy as a clam with it. It's one of the very few knives that I like so much that I haven't dared use it yet.

For me it's meant the occasional lucky hit where I've found myself the lucky owner of something more special than I'd normally have access to whether because of budgetary restraints or geographical restraints or limited numbers produced.

I haven't bought many knives in my collection through e-bay. But those three I mentioned hold a special place in my heart. I still have a couple of searches actively running on ebay (looking for a 2008 Texas Ranger among others) and maybe one day I'll get lucky.

So far, E-bay has been a positive force in my knife collecting.

Comment by Brad T. on December 1, 2012 at 20:51
Being in Southern California, doesn't permit me to find a lot of the Shapleigh Hardware knives so all the ones I have are from eBay. I have acquired other makes and models, some good, some not as described. I have saved all the good sellers and am wary of unknowns. Sometimes the desire is worth the risk. Not to mention that online knife sellers are cheaper than my local guy.

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Comment by Craig Henry on December 1, 2012 at 18:48

Yeah, some people don't have any problems. I thought maybe it was just my bad luck, but, my son started to have problems too! So I thought maybe it runs in the family. LOL! But, then a friend I have in Missouri had nothing but problems with his accounts and sellers, and I've had dealers tell me they are really upset with various things on eBay and with PayPal. So, I don't know.


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Comment by Craig Henry on December 1, 2012 at 17:23

Had no effect on me. Some years ago I used to use eBay, and PayPal, for a couple of other hobbies. I had nothing but trouble. Trouble with sellers (if you're honest and give a bad seller a bad rating, they turn around and give YOU a bad rating - so the whole rating system is useless!), ENDLESS trouble with my account, both eBay and PayPal. So much trouble, I vowed to never use eBay or PayPal again!

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