The Next Generation of Knife Collectors Part II

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The Next Generation

The Next Generation

There is an ongoing conversation among the knife collecting leadership today about how to find and attract the next generation of knife collectors (ages 15- 25ish). Obviously, because they are the future of our hobby and they are not participating in the organized collecting establishment today.

As first reported here on CNJ, this next generation represents an almost “underground establishment.”

Exclusive CNJ Interview

Scheduled to be aired tomorrow in an exclusive CNJ interview is a celebrity among these online collectors.

This 23 year old admitted he has never been to a major knife show. He is not a member of any organized knife club. And he spends hours a day answering knife questions and giving suggestions. He told me the majority of the questions come from “kids” who are younger than him.

I can’t wait for you to meet him in this exclusive interview. You will find him very interesting. He represents the next generation of atypical collectors. These are the collectors our associations are looking for and we didn’t even know they were there.


The New Influencers

The Knife Establishment had better sit up and take notice because he represents the New Influencers (as defined and written about by Paul Gillin in The New Influencers- A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media).

And, oh yeah, he has over 3000 knife enthusiasts following his online knife activities.

Source for image: Fantasy Art 3D Wallpapers: modern digital art, 3D artists, computer desktop backgrounds.

Knife of choice among rock climbers here in Alabama


Elishewitz Montu by CRKT

Elishewitz Montu by CRKT

Surely you didn’t think I would go out in the field and not do a little checking around as to the type of knife Boulderers (the participants of Bouldering) use, did you?

Here is what I learned while in a big outdoor shop in Birmingham, where all the guys working there are into Bouldering. The number one seller among the sport, at least according to their knives sales, is the Montu made by Columbia River Knife and Tool Company.

I wanted let you know I did ask around, because I doubted those around me climbing rocks carried an Elephant Toenail, and I heard you snicker when you read I had carried mine.

Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Talk about a High Tech Knife

CNJ is on the forefront of bringing you cutlery news, even when it is a bit out of the “collecting” realm. I would be remiss if, with CNJ being a purely electronic news source, I didn’t inform you about some of the technological concept advancements in knives.

Today’s feature is the epitome of a High-tech knife (by definition High tech- “technology that is at the cutting edge…”). 

No, I’m not talking about a super-duper steel, or some outer space multi-colored handle material, or any of the typical topics when you think of high-tech knives.

Instead, I am talking about a knife that actually measures the temperature of what you are cutting. Sounds pretty futuristic doesn’t it, like something used on the Jettsons, or Battlestar Galactica.

This high tech wonder is cutlery in the strictest sense of the word and is actually part of a three piece set with the fork and spoon (they also preform some cool feats themselves). It is called Intelligent Cutlery- IC3.

Here is their pitch and photos- (more…)

Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 6:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Photoblog: Collecting, a Pocket Knife & a Field of Rocks

Weekend Journal

Have you ever seen a field of boulders where each rock appears individually carved (as in whittled) in different shapes? Today’s post is a photoblog– a blog of pictures. But before I show you the amazing shapes of the rocks, I have to tell you…

If you don’t know me very well, I started my early collecting days with rocks. As I matured in my collecting preferences, I limited myself to rocks with holes through them- hence my tag line “…having as much fun as I did as a kid collecting rocks.”

My family and I went on a Bouldering trip at Horse Pens 40, one of the most famous sites in the world. It is located about 30 minutes from my house. Also, I equipped myself with an elephant toenail knife (that I never used…but had it nonetheless).

I wanted you to see these rocks for two reasons: The rocks themselves- each looked like it had been hand carved. The second reason is- so you will know I do have a life outside of CNJ and

Click on any photo to enlarge


Published in: on October 19, 2008 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The pen is mightier than the sword?

When was the last time you came up on a bear out in the woods and didn’t have a gun or knife, but there in your shirt pocket was an ink pen?  

One of my Google Alerts

One of my Google Alerts

Well, the other night I was logging off when one of my Google Alerts came dinging into my Mac’s email.

One of the links said: “Is it a knife? It it a pen? No, it is both!

My curiosity got the best of me and I followed its trail. It took me to Gun and Game. It is a gun forum and one of its posts was about this pen/knife weapon. 

Then I followed it further to the maker of this fine writing instrument. The maker is Benchmade. The pen is the 1100 Series Pen:  Right there in black and white it says: “These Pens are definitely mightier than the sword.”

Here are its selling points:

  • Ergonomic Knurling Pattern Provides Superior Grip and Comfortable Texturing 
  • All Surfaces Have Been Anodized for Both Appearance and Wear 
  • CNC Machined 6061 T-6 Aluminum or Stainless Steel Body, Cap, and Grip 
  • Non-Reflective Components for Tactical Applications  
  • Ink Cartridges Manufactured by Fisher Pen Company 
  • Generation II BP-1 Coated Stainless Pen Clip 
Benchmade 1100 Series Pen

Benchmade 1100 Series Pen

 They really are positioning this pen as a weapon. I must admit it is pretty cool, plus it comes in different colors. Prices range from $120 to $180.

I would show them to you but Benchmark prohibits the use of the pictures from its site. So here it is from one of their dealers- One Stop Knife Store. You can order one or more directly from them.

If you want you can give me one for Christmas. I might need one next time I am writing in my knife journal (don’t ask…) and someone interrupts me.

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 6:08 am  Comments (2)  
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CNJ Audio Interview Series- Steve Shackleford, Editor of Blade Magazine

Having the opportunity to sit down with the key players in the Knife Industry is a highlight of my day and today’s show is no exception. 

Being able to hear their unique perspective on the goings-on is invaluable not only collectors, but anyone related to the Knife Industry.

Today’s Knife Show guest is Mr. Steve Shackleford. Steve is the Editor of Blade Magazine. He is also moderator of’s knife forum.

One of the fascinating aspects of this interview is Steve’s “Birds-eye view” of the entire Knife Industry- commenting on today’s trends, knife shows, the current oversupply of knives, the “survival of the fittest” mode of many American manufacturers today, and a glimpse of Blade in the future, and much more. 

As you may be aware, Blade Magazine is the most widely read knife magazine today. Each edition covers a wide variety of subjects of interest to knife enthusiasts. Blade also hosts Blade Knife Show in Atlanta and Blade Show West each year. 

Blade’s website- is a high priority for them and currently hosts the Blade TV Show, its forums, its blog and knife related articles

Grab you a cup of coffee and join us in this most interesting conversation.″


Published in: on October 16, 2008 at 6:38 am  Comments (1)  
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Cutlery News Journal is not your typical knife website


Geek Rated: Beginner

Websites come in a variety of flavors nowadays. As we look around we see those with little dancing bears, with tons of flashing pictures, and even those with intro movies.

Cutlery News Journal is a media platform of knife news and this is why its looks different than most websites. It was designed to be straightforward. I wanted it to be easy to read, and in the case of the Audio Interview Series- listen to, and easy to find the knife news you are interested in. 

Why does CNJ look different than a typical website?

Actually, CNJ is not a typical website, though technically it is a website. Instead, it is what is called a weblog, or blog, for short. Blogs are, for the most part, mainstream today (77% of active internet users read blogs), but even still there are very few knife blogs. (About the only active knife related blogs you will find are Corporate Blogs- those associated with a knife company, media or knife store).

So, what’s the difference?

One of the primary differences between a blog and a website is how the “information” is presented. Instead of a homepage that stays the same day after day, CNJ’s “homepage” is more like a newspaper in that it changes with each new story, or post. Moreover, as a new post is published, it is located right up at the top of the page- then the other stories are displayed in chronological order.

Speaking of newspapers, did you know 95% of the top 100 US newspapers have reporter blogs? It is true. News sources are going online. Another interesting stat is over 900,000 posts are written to blogs everyday. (The folks who write on blogs are called bloggers, in case you are ever asked).

If the blogging phenomena interest you then here is latest report by Technorati on The State of The Blogosphere.

CNJ’s archiving ability is far superior to that of the Dewey Decimal System

Please don’t ask me to try to explain the Dewey Decimal System, because I can’t, although I do remember it from grade school. But think about it, over a year’s time, the quantity of stories/articles posted here at CNJ will number into the hundreds, therefore, it is critical this information can be easily accessed. Well, that is where the CNJ media platform shows its real muscle.

Next up in the Getting to Know CNJ Series: Finding topics you are interested in.

Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Knife Website In The Spot Light-

In the CNJ Featured Knife Website Series we will introduce, from a non-techy collector’s perspective, different knife related websites. 

Today, we are visiting a collector’s site– the

The site is owned and built by Charles Noyes- a Robeson Cutlery Company collector. When I asked where he got the idea to build his own site, he said,

“I formed the idea for creating my website after finding that of Bob Cargill, a past president of the NKCA and founder of Cripple Creek Knives. Bob’s site really inspired me to create one for Robeson Pocket knives.” 

One of the benefits of having your own collector site is the relationships with fellow collectors, as they typically have close to the same degree of passion for your niche’ as you do. In that regard, Charles added-

“I’ve received a good many queries concerning Robeson items that people own or have recently inherited. Some of them have had interesting knives about which they needed some information. I answer each and every one to the best of my ability. Thus far, they’ve all been appreciative.”


Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 9:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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CNJ Knife Collector Crossword Puzzle #1

CNJ would not be complete without providing its readers a crossword puzzle, now would it?

For you who enjoy figuring out word games, this one is for you.  CNJ Crossword Puzzle

Let me know when you get finished and your time. I’ll give a one years subscription to Cutlery News Journal prize to the person with the best time. 🙂

Shoot me an email once you are through with your time. 

Please use the contact form below.


Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Law in the works in Massachusetts banning certain types of knives

Have you ever noticed, once you become aware of something, you start noticing it everywhere- when before you never even noticed it?

Well, between the recent story Upcoming Presidential Election & Your Knife Rights and my, soon to be aired interview with Doug Ritter founder of Knife Rights, I have become sensitized to stories about knives in the media (most of them are stabbing and crime stories).

Today, I was scanning my Google Alerts and I found an example of our knife rights being threatened. It is a story in today’s Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette.

The district attorney is crafting a law that would make it illegal to carry certain types of knives. Police Captain McGinn said, “Many carry knives for legitimate reasons, but I can’t see any real reason someone would carry a knife in a bar.” Then the story gets off talking about the different kinds of knives.

As harmless as that statement sounds, there are three issues at work here- There is going to be some “authority” deciding-

  1. what the legitimate reasons are,
  2. which knives can and cannot be carried, and
  3. where the permissible knives can be carried (and where it will be illegal for them to be carried). 

You tell me, what’s wrong with that picture?

Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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