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Keep Those Collectible Pocket Knives Forever

Aug 28, 2008
A big question in the pocket knife collecting hobby is whether they appreciate and grow in value. Do the knives that you purchase and save in that sock drawer actually become more valuable in the future than they are now?

I want you to rest assured that your pocket knife collection will absolutely grow in value if you are wise about the pocket knives that you purchase. I am not going to swear to you that every knife you buy will go up in price in the future. This just is not true.

You should not buy a pocket knife for you pocket knife collection outside of the mainstream manufactured brands if you want it to appreciate. It is likely that it will not be worth anything if you buy some knockoff brand. About the only knives that go way up in value that are not name brand are custom made knives.

You will want to purchase your knife and maintain it for as long as you own it. We all know that steel rusts and corrodes over time, especially in more humid environments. So, to combat this, simply put a light coat of oil on your knife before you put the collectible away. Make sure you add a touch of oil about every three or four months or so.

A collectible pocket knife will last for ever if you keep that light coat of lubrication on it. You should also ensure that you lubricate any moving metal joints and parts. It is even a good idea to put a bit of oil on any wooden handles. This will make them last.

When storing your collectible knives, never store them in their sheaths, especially leather sheaths. Leather is a natural material that sweats and will cause moistures to gather on the blade; which in turn will make your collectible pocket knife rust.

Every now and then, it is a good idea to clean your knives with a cue tip to get the moisture out of the deeper parts of the knife like the area where a collectible pocket knife blade folds into. Much of the time, moisture can build up in these areas and it is hard to see and very hard to clean. A cue tip does wonders for cleaning these areas as you military folks will confess to.

Store your knives in a hard case if you are going to put them away in boxes. You do not want them to get crushed as the handles can be dented or an impression can be made on them. This can bring the value down a little bit or significantly if the damage is very obvious.

These are tried and trued methods when it comes to keeping your collectible pocket knives for a life-time and even longer should you desire to pass them on. These methods are simple but very necessary for preservation.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is a pocket knife expert and owns several websites devoted to his hobby. These sites include Pocket Knives | Pocket Knife Store a discount pocket knife store, the Buck Knives blog and the Knife Haggler at the Fighting Knife blog, a massive knife review blog.
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