Knife collection direction- Which way do you go?


Knife Collecting is Fun!

Knife collecting is fun. Of course, there is the camaraderie of other collectors, but for today, that’s not what I’m talking about. Instead, it is the excitement of seeking out new knives to buy. The rush of finding one you want. Sometimes, even the nervousness you feel about wanting to buy an expensive knife, and then the mental games you play justifying the decision to go ahead and get it. All that is the fun, no doubt.

We also love to get our new prize home and then figuring out what to do with it. Display it? Use it? Put it in the safe or drawer, or is it one for the special glass case? Decisions. Decisions. Still all the fun part.

Which way do I go?

Which way to go?

Eventually though, every collector comes to a point where a decision must be made- What is my collecting direction here? Most of the time the collection at that point is made up of knives we like, but are really a bunch of random knives.

If you are like me, you have probably found yourself with a hodgepodge of knives too. All nice knives, yes. All knives you like, sure. But is there a theme or pattern you are following, or are you going to continue to buy just any knife that tickles your fancy?

What direction are you headed?

What direction are you headed?

All the “knife experts” advise us to make a deliberate decision to specialize, whether in a particular type, era, brand, etc. But even within the knife type, for example, there is a myriad of decisions. What about handle materials? Patterns? Makers? Blade types? On and on we could go here, but I think you get the point.

I, for one, have in the past subscribed to this line of thinking, but of late, have decided not to over analyze it. Instead, I’m now sitting back and enjoying knife collecting for what it is- buying knives I like. Knives that are cool, whether old or new. Knives that speak to me when I first see them. Then let the chips fall where they may.

The heck with this, “What do you know about ____ type knives?” Yes, when we go with the flow like this, we run the risk new collectors face, like overpaying because we aren’t as familiar with values. Or buying a maker whose popularity or appeal has peaked, or even falling victim to “buying into the hype” of a knife company’s marketing, only to later realize the knife maybe isn’t high quality or demand.

But in the end, does it really matter? While we don’t want to waste our money, we collect because we enjoy knives, right? Yeah, one day we are going t0 sell them, and may not get all of our money out, but let’s go back to the beginning and reexamine why we started collecting in the first place.

TiggerKnife collecting is fun and let’s keep it that way.

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  1. I’m an 80 Y/O and recently began collecting knives. I also am ashamed to say I think I paid way too much for what I got,(over $300.00 worth about 80% are Case – with a few Remington’s and a couple Winchesters,) buying from a flea market collector who I though I could trust. All are brand new Case, but almost all are 2000 to 2009 (I do have a few earlier but not many) I have just received the latest editions books – “Sargent’s American Premium Guide to Pocket knives and Razors”, and “The Standard Knife Collectors Guide by Ron Stewart” Though they are very good, as I said most of my knives are later and therefore I’m unable to find much info or photos to identify or evaluate many of them in these books. My reason for writing is; I would like to know if there is a publication that contains these later knives. Like some sort of publication from the Case Company? Or??? Would like to know if there is another book that would be more helpful?

    Many thanks,
    William Logan

  2. I would like to respond to the question posed by Mr. William Logan. He is seeking information regarding the values of recent production Case knives. My advice to him would be to seek out a reputable Case dealer in his area or one online. Case knives less than 10 years old will be very similar in value to the new ones. They will not have appreciated significantly in that short of a period of time. There may be a few rare exceptions to this, but for the most part the values will be very close to current retail pricing for the same or very similar knives by Case.
    Welcome to a great hobby, and here’s wishing you many more years of happy knife collecting.

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