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What Is It About the Collectible Knife?

Oct 11, 2007
One of the most interesting hobbies that I have found is knife collecting. The collectible knife is something that is full of history and legend. Many of the most famous Americans are noted because of the knives they carry.

For example, a Bowie knife is one of the most collectible knives available on the market. A Bowie knife comes in dozens of forms and fashions. Many of the most popular knife manufactures have a Bowie knife available in their knife lines.

If you want to become serious about the collectible knife, I would advise you to do an Internet search on pocket knife manufactures. Educate yourself on what is popular and what is not. The reason for this is that to find a truly collectible knife, one must understand the market.

I have been collecting knives for about two decades now. Many of my knives are worthless, but many are very valuable. Each and every knife means something to me and has a story behind it. The meaning of your knives can add much flavor to your collection.

I've several knives were given to me as gifts, which of course, has emotional value. These knives will never part with. I can tell you a story about each one. I've carried each one, used each one and they made a lot to me.

If you're going to become a collectible knife expert, I suggest you start with a more popular brand. Choose one line of knives from that popular brand and purchase a few. Educate yourself about that particular line of knives. Learn what the handles are made of and where the material came from.

Learn about the steel used in your collectible knife blades. This is important is different still requires different levels and types of maintenance. You will also find that different steels hold different edges.

There are many resources available on the Internet to educate you about pocket knives. Many knife retailers have a variety of articles to help you learn what you desire to know. Having knowledge about your collectibles makes the collection that much more interesting for folks.

Starting out with collecting, I was digested start with a particular type of knife. Go with the fixed blade, the tactical knife, a folder, a Bowie knife, the stag handle knife, the rescue knife or whatever it is that interests you initially.

Once you get three or four knives of a particular type, change to something else. Don't stick with one pat as the idea is to learn much about the different varieties of knives available. Believe it or not, the more you knowledge you have, the more valuable your collection.

People like to purchase collectibles for knowledgeable owners. An owner that seems to know little about what he owns is not a very attractive collectible expert. So, with that in mind, educate yourself. The trick is to have fun doing it. That's easy to do when you're collecting something you enjoy such as knives.

As your collection grows, so will your knowledge. Become involved in the forums on the Internet, knife clubs, and any other interactive discussion you can become involved in. Interacting with other collectors greatly enhances your knowledge.

Part of the fun of knife collecting is displaying them. I like to purchase shadow boxes and mount my knives on the wall. I'll put a little plaque under each knife listing its name. I like to put the purchase date and where I got the knife from on the plaque as well. This can make your knife collection very interesting, but to also take up quite a bit of space.

Another great way to store your knives is to put them in cedar boxes. You can line these boxes with felt to keep your knives from getting scratched. These make beautiful displays for your knives. They're also easy to store and retrieve when you want to show your knives off to visitors. These boxes also make it very easy to transport your knives when coming and going from shows.

Another great source of knife knowledge and information is the gun and knife show. The shows will be stocked full of every kind of knife you can imagine. There will also be a slew of knife dealers to help you in your knife education. Don't be afraid to pick the dealer's mind. Trust me, they love to talk about their knives.

The collectible knife hobby is not for everybody. However, it suits the historian, storyteller, legend lover, and anyone that may fit this category well. I'm afraid I fit into all of these categories. I guess that's why the collectible knife hobby suits me so well.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is a knife expert and owns an Internet knife shop, Knife & Supply Company, LLC at Pocket Knife | Hunting Knife | SOG Knife. His website is devoted to all things pocket knives, swords, kitchen cutlery, sharpeners, machetes and a wealth of information. Stop by! Check out the Fighting Knife Blog | Collectible Knife for knife reviews and much more.
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