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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

Approaching a 10 year milestone...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ricky Ray Dec 4, 2018. 5 Replies

Hello, All!I'm about to hit a personal milestone:  10 years of not smoking!  Okay, it's not like some other addictions, but it's still worth celebrating.  Especially since we had a layoff on my 1st…Continue

Knife Magazines / Knives Illustrated

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Gallup Sep 11, 2018. 23 Replies

I notice a lot of members, at least a lot of new members, don't subscribe to any knife magazines.  For those who do not subscribe or otherwise purchase knife magazines, I was just curious why not? …Continue

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dead_left_knife_guy commented on Jan Carter's photo

Russ Owens, Anglesey LLC "Rival Featherweight"

"Nice gift!  I found myself a little fascinated b this knife a few years back -- I really like the profile of the blade!  Isn't the black part of the blade really just a plastic piece?  It's an interesting knife, my guess is…"

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Bryan Baltz
"Welcome, Bryan!  Hope to see some photos of your knives -- especially the puukkos!"
Mar 25

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Andy
"Nice avatar, Andy!  What's the knife you're looking for info. on?  Clear photos help, especially of any stampings/etchings.  We can't promise any answers (though there is a LOT of knowledge here), but we can promise…"
Mar 25

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Patrice Lacombe
"Welcome, Patrice!  No pressure to share more than you'd like, we're a pretty casual & respectful bunch here.  But I'll do as I often do & invite you to share some photos of your knives.  Maybe it's the…"
Mar 25

dead_left_knife_guy replied to AKcowgirl's discussion Help!
"Good luck up there, Shanda, & be well!"
Mar 25

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Russell West
"Welcome, Russell!  I consider myself a fixed blade guy myself, but I'm amazed how much my collection of folders has grown in recent years!  Some of it has to do with what I can legally carry -- but then there are the folders with the…"
Mar 21

dead_left_knife_guy commented on John Bamford's photo

Roselli Bear Claw

"Well, there's no guard, you could cut your fingers on it pretty easily -- so maybe they have a point...?"
Mar 12

dead_left_knife_guy replied to Rafe's discussion Can someone give me info on this item.
"Woah, that thing is nuts!   Part of it has to be German, if it's marked "Solingen."  But "Laratet Turin" & "Garantie" sounds very French.  Wouldn't be a surprise though, this multi-tool…"
Mar 8

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

Handforged mini crowbar

"And people complain about sharpened crowbars...  ;p This is really cool!"
Mar 8

dead_left_knife_guy commented on DENNIS NARDI's blog post KNIFE IDENTIFICATION
"Thanks for adding the photos AND the comments! I've been looking around online a bit but I haven't been able to find anything. From your photos, I'm able to say one thing for certain: this is a French or French-style knife. Without a…"
Mar 4
Megan phillips left a comment for dead_left_knife_guy
"Thanks dead_left_knife_guy  i learned at a early age how to make a knife sharp quick but never really could get the results i want from a weltstone that i cld from other devices. I use a ceramic rod "
Feb 29

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for DENNIS NARDI
"Welcome, Dennis!  Look forward to seeing some of your knives -- especially if you're selling some of them!  :)"
Feb 29

dead_left_knife_guy left a comment for Megan phillips
"Welcome, Megan!  I envy your sharpening skills.  It took me a long time -- & the eventual purchase of a WorkSharp -- to get competent with sharpening.  Now I can use numerous media to sharpen knives -- my favorites are coffee cups…"
Feb 29

dead_left_knife_guy commented on DENNIS NARDI's blog post KNIFE IDENTIFICATION
"Agreed!  We have a very competent set of individuals here, but often photos are simply necessary for knife identification."
Feb 29

dead_left_knife_guy commented on Leo Lantz's photo

Benchmade Proper 318

"I love this knife -- I just really, really wish they made a lockback version! Especially with the Micarta scales... Nice knife, Leo!"
Feb 22

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How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
6- 10 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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Reading, writing, 'rithmetic. Okay, not so big into math anymore, calculus just wasn't any fun by the time I got there. Astronomy, Greco-roman mythology, Native American ways of life & beliefs, thinking, watching, listening, video games. Ecology. Camping. Hiking.

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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 18:40 on February 29, 2020, Megan phillips said…

Thanks dead_left_knife_guy  i learned at a early age how to make a knife sharp quick but never really could get the results i want from a weltstone that i cld from other devices. I use a ceramic rod 

At 15:56 on December 31, 2019, J.J. Smith III said…

At 19:40 on September 2, 2019, steven joseph boudreaux said…

Thank you.

At 20:49 on July 9, 2019, David R Ressler, CSP said…

Thanks, but no knife. Just a cruise!

At 17:43 on July 1, 2019, Dave White said…

Thanks friend!

At 21:50 on June 30, 2019, J.J. Smith III said…

At 21:50 on June 9, 2019,
Charles Sample

DLKG, thanks for joining the Arsenal group.

At 6:38 on May 29, 2019, James said…

Thanks. Still not to hot to fish and shoot here in Austin.

At 4:17 on May 12, 2019, Eric Holford said…

Thanks for the welcome

At 14:49 on April 2, 2019,
Chris Mounce

 That knife is actually for a good friend of mine. He wanted something unique and one of a kind but not to flashy. He loved it and wants a Bk-9 done next so I think he might be getting the Ka-bar bug too! Gotta love it! Really glad that I found you guy's...most people get bored with all my knife talk. Lol


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