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Cold Steel has been sold to GSM Outdoors, GSM purchased by Gridiron Capital

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Scheuerman (Manx) Dec 6, 2020. 2 Replies

In a move that has some of us both stunned & skeptical, manufacturer Cold Steel has been acquired by GSM Outdoors.  This transaction was announced on December 3, 2020.  Cold Steel founder Lynn…Continue

Free Shipping at KnifeCenter.com this weekend!

Started Oct 3, 2020 0 Replies

Hey, y'all!  Every couple months or so, KnifeCenter.com has a weekend where they have free shipping for all in stock (& not oversized) items.  And this weekend is one of them!Check it out…Continue

Knife Collectors are Weird

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Dec 20, 2019. 1 Reply

This post is not mean to be offensive to any of us, as I am one of you.  Rather, this post was inspired by another recent post here -- and all the others like them.  And it's really meant to be a…Continue

Hollow grinds: simple corner-cutting, or superior all-around grind?

Started Jun 9, 2019 0 Replies

Okay, all, I'll admit that this is something that has been gnawing at me for a while, and I'm curious as to what others' opinions are when it comes to hollow-ground blades.Hollow-ground blades are…Continue


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dead_left_knife_guy commented on Jan Carter's group SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS MEMORIES
"SMKW had some really great sales starting around Black Friday last year, & some things are still on sale.  I've made more purchases there over the last few months than in all the time since I first heard of SMKW, maybe a dozen years…"
11 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

Victorinox MiniChamp

"And the smaller cord is really good proportionally with that MiniChamp.  These are some really good photos.  What kind of camera are you using?  And is it natural lighting?  Sorry, just had to pick your brain a little, because I…"
12 hours ago

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Ka-bar Jarosz Rambler k

"The lighting on the grind makes me realize I might need to pick one of these up.  And well-done wrap, JJ!"
12 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

Boker Plus Scurvy Dog

"Cool, thanks for the Etsy tip, JJ!  I just really like this little thing.  I instinctively want to throw it like a throwing star, at what I have no idea, but that's the first thing that occurs to me when I see the Scurvy Dog.  If…"
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dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

gerber shard

"This one just always catches my eye - I really like how you wrapped that little Shard with a paracord that just pops!  Cool idea to gut it for this -- have you thought about brushing over it with a lighter to get it to set?  I know that…"
12 hours ago

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outdoor edge chow pal

"Man this just makes me want to fidget with it."
12 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on J.J. Smith III's photo

gerber dime

"J.J., I have to say that I really like this set of photos.  Also, that's a really good shot of the Dime!"
12 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Brad T.'s photo


"And what are you asking for the Victorinox Side Chef?  (Also, what is the blue Victorinox next to the Side Chef?)  -- Thanks!"
12 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Brad T.'s photo


"Out of curiosity, what are you asking for the K2 & the Junkyard Dog (individually)?"
12 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Jeremy B. Buchanan's photo

Battle Horse Knives

"Man, this is an incredible collection.  If there was a "jaw dropped open & drooling" button, I'd have hit that.  "
14 hours ago

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Charles Gadda
"Charles, welcome!  I'd love to see some of craft.  Only recently have I gotten into swords & daggers, but I've always had a special place in my heart for (fantasy) medieval / Renaissance wares.  (My wife is more the…"
14 hours ago

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"Welcome, Montie!  I love seeing that new-collector energy -- keep us updated on your knifemaking, too!  Sounds like a great thing to be doing in the middle of winter...  Anyway, great to have you here."

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"Welcome, Mark!  There are other knifemakers here, not to mention a bunch of people with a TON of knowledge.  And definitely check out the groups -- a lot of great content over there (& other places too, but that's a great place to…"

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"Hey John, welcome.  I hope we'll get to see some of those bowies -- I love big knives.  I hope you find some good content -- check out the groups!  Good to have you here."

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"Danny, marriage is a great hobby, I agree!  It's been about 20 years since I lived in San Antonio -- I hope things are still fun there!  I miss the food.  Good to have you here -- I hope you'll find some great content &…"

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"Welcome, Marty!  There's quite a lot here for a slipjoint fan -- have a look around, & have fun.  Good to have you here!"

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How long have you collected knives?
11- 15 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
simple, rugged -- contemporary styles of production & custom knives -- TOPS, Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker, Blind Horse / Battle Horse Knives, OKC, CRKT, Victorinox, Leatherman -- bushcraft, outdoors, tactical, survival
About Me
father & husband, 40's, Minnesotan, writer, editor of the North Star Blade Collectors newsletter, conservation-minded, family man, philosopher, Buddhist
my family, outdoors, bushcraft, wilderness, tracking, flora & fauna, improving my skills, survival & camp kits, wood carving, knife sharpening, urban survival, urban homesteading, food prep, trail food, & squirrels, I love squirrels.
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National Knife Day 8/24/2019!

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 23:25 44 Comments

Every year we have an excuse to buy a new knife -- National Knife Day, every August 24!  

Yeah, I know it's a holiday made up by a marketing department to sell knives, & none of us really need an excuse to buy another knife.

That aside, what are your plans for celebrating...?  :)

Camillus CK9: The knife used by Dual Survival's Grady Powell

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 3 Comments

Recently I had the chance to watch another episode of the current season of Dual Survival, & again got to see Grady Powell using the Camillus CK9.  Somewhere I saw someone online stating that Grady Powell designed the knife, but I have not yet been able to confirm or deny this.  Camillus has very little detail on the CK9 on its website, & of course TOPS doesn't have anything public about this on its website because it's not technically a TOPS knife.

Grady Powell designed…


TOPS Knives President Mike Fuller

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 21:01 2 Comments

Okay, this is an interesting story.  I don't know what to think of it.  I'm a big fan of TOPS Knives, but this story is too important to not post something about it.  


Knife throwing, anyone? Anyone?

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

Are there any other knife throwers here? If so, anyone recognize the logo on the cup? :)

I notice there's not a group for throwers, hm...

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At 13:01 on January 17, 2021, Sean morgen said…

Thank you, but this is my first attempt at restoration. I have a couple others I am gonna be working on as well 

(They're just not as cool)

But all I have used so far on that knife is heavy scotch brite and a lower setting on my dremel with a wire wheel. 

I haven't begun anything on the handle yet, I'm trying to decide what I want to do to save the stacked leather if possible

Thanks for the welcoming, it's cool to be here

At 2:42 on January 17, 2021, Christopher Rhodes said…

Thanks for the welcomen it was most welcome

At 21:40 on January 16, 2021, Coleman J Vetter said…

Hey, thanks! yeah, you can get users with micarta a lot cheaper than the Custom Shops I have for sale, i'd call the Swamp Rats the generic Busse! lol. quit selling those

At 21:28 on January 6, 2021, Michael Spencer said…

Thank you Sir!  I am glad to be here and will be posting some of my collection and knives I have for sale soon.

At 0:28 on December 29, 2020, Michael Wilkinson said…

Thank you sir looking forward to reading and learning 

At 0:43 on December 24, 2020, Douglas Nelson said…
Very good then. glad to hook up with you and this club. Thanks for the greeting and also glad to connect with a “Minneapolitan”!
At 5:16 on December 14, 2020, dave seaborn said…

Haha Too Funny! Thanks Dave.

At 18:55 on November 5, 2020, Rob Carter said…

Thanks dead left!

At 20:50 on November 1, 2020, Mark Vine said…

Thanks for the warm welcome D_L_K_G.! Good to be here!

At 13:00 on October 31, 2020, Robert Doss said…
Thank you for helping me out because I’m one of those people who gets flush straight it easy. So I will definitely take your advice and try to be patient and take my time. I still would like to take some pictures and put them on the site I have some pretty nice knives.

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