The Rules of Knife Collecting

sportsrules_coverIn the Weekend Edition of CNJ, we determined knife collecting is a sport. And, by definition, a sport is governed by a certain set of rules or understandings.

“Rules,” you may say, “there are not any rules associated with knife collecting.” 

Oh, contraire, but it does. I will admit they weren’t easy to find, but find them I did, though I had to go back and do some digging. 

They weren’t in any of our current knife books or price guides though. Instead, I had to go back to one of the grandfathers of knife collecting’s published works to find them.

Instead of calling them “rules,” Mr. Dewey Ferguson, labels them commandments. Actually, he called them the Nine Commandments- To a Successful Future in Knife Collecting, and these were first published in 1969. 

  1. Do unto fellow knife collectors as you would have them do unto you.
  2. Do not develop an “I know it all” attitude.
  3. Do not sell a damaged knife without first telling the purchaser.
  4. Do not price a knife or offer to trade a knife and then change your mind in the presence of the customer.
  5. Do not take advantage of a less experienced collector.
  6. Do have respect for exhibitors when attending the shows.
  7. Do not make promises and then neglect to keep them for a man’s word should become his most prized possession.
  8. Do read all literature available on the hobby of knife collecting.
  9. Do not counterfeit knives. Just remember: Knife collecting and trading does not determine the destination of your future. You determine the future and destination of knife collecting and trading.
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