The Thrill of Victory

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wide-worldDo you remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? It was a TV series that first aired in 1961. Jim McKay hosted it. “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat” was its opening line and there was this shot of this long jumper missing the end of the jump. I can see it like it was yesterday.

We love sports. They are a great recreation and pastime- regardless of whether we are a spectator or in the game.

But, have you ever thought of yourself as being a sportsman (or sportswoman)? No, maybe you don’t sky dive or race cars, but do you know, you are a sportsman too? 

A sport is typically thought of as a practice requiring physical or mental activity with a competitive element. Most of us think of sports as football, basketball and baseball. But we all know various forms of hunting are as much a sport as is running 20 miles.

There is big game hunting, duck hunting, and deer hunting, to name a few. And while not commonly thought of in this way, but even fishing is a form of hunting.

The Sport of Knife Collecting

Have you ever thought of knife collecting as a sport? Well it is. It has all the elements. Plus, how many times have you personally experienced “the thrill of victory” after a hunt; a hunt that could have lasted days, months or even years. 

Gary Pasko's Trophies

Gary Pasko's Trophies

“I love the hunt” is a common expression among knife collectors. I hear it all the time. It is the fun part.

In fact, just last week, Gary Pasko, a 29 year knife collecting veteran told me this and his wonderful displays are filled with his hunting trophies. 

“It’s not having the knife, it’s just an object. But finding it….the thrill of the hunt, and researching it. That is where the gold is for me.”  Gary Pasko  

Interesting isn’t it? Gary actually referred to the gold. We are Olympians. We are after the prize -the gold metal, if you will.

It is the thrill of the hunt that for many of us is what it is all about….We are always “in the game” – researching, prospecting, seeking the next prize. Athletes will tell you, it is all about “the game.” The contest. Winning. Being the Victor.

We too are out there in the game everyday. I can tell you without even having to think about it there are at least 5 specific knives I am constantly hunting for. I’m actively looking for leads, talking to folks and trying to run down these knives.

Then comes the thrill of victory.

…and along the way we acquire a mighty fine collection of knives- our trophies.

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