SharpByCoop rolls out new cutting-edge knife photo gallery

The next best thing to buying new knives is looking at them.

Couple a talented photographer with super-cool knives and then throw in the web’s ability to display these knife images, what do you have-, the most cutting-edge knife photography gallery.

Jim Cooper’s ability to capture the spirit of a knifemaker’s talent is something to behold. His client list is a Who’s Who of the custom knife industry and his pictures have been repeatedly featured in every knife publication.

Over the last seven years, Jim amassed over 5000 images of handmade knives. And while Jim displayed his work at shows, his studio and his website, roughly two-thirds of his photo library consisted of knife pictures used by internet dealers and were removed once the knives sold.

When I asked Jim about his major website upgrade, he shared with me-

“The benefit of it goes out to the knife-loving community to admire, compare and archive these wonderful pieces. It was a shame to limit these incredible knives to our private library. We have included thousands of images previously only seen on dealer websites. Moreover, the Gallery now has all our current clients, as well as studio work from 2004- 2007.”

SharpByCoop is extremely easy to navigate and highly functional. All the images are quickly searchable to create a ‘virtual gallery’ of a specific maker’s work. And you can now expand to full screen, tag images, create a customizable slide show, link to a page or email to a friend and the search results are shown in date order too. The Gallery is also set up to purchase any image- in large or small prints, digital files and non-watermarked dealer shots.

Jim’s work is so good that you’ll get a very bad case of the wants within seconds of hitting his new homepage.

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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The knife that helped build early America

EleToeLogofinal-2Every collector has a favorite.

Whether it is a single knife, brand or pattern, we all have a favorite. If you don’t know by now, mine is a pattern- I’m what is called a pattern collector. This simply means I try to acquire all the different variations and brands of this one knife pattern.

My favorite is the vintage pattern commonly called the Elephant Toenail (although it’s had many nicknames over the years, as you will see).

The Toenail was instrumental in helping build America in its early days. It isn’t the oldest knife made here, but was probably the hardest used work knife produced by the early American cutlery companies. It’s amazing any of them survived.

Over the last few days I’ve been playing knives on my Mac and put together a short little presentation about this old knife. Thought you might like it too. 🙂

Got Knives to Sell? What are the options today?

cnjspotlightfinalSo, you have a few knives to sell, what direction do you go? Stick them on eBay? Sell to a dealer? Or post them in a forum?

There are other options.

What if I told you there is a very established knife site where you can put your knives? 

But maybe you wanted your own website to sell through, yet either due to the expense of building it out, or lack of technical know-how, you felt it would be over your head. (AAPK) may be the answer. In addition to it being well known, AAPK allows its members to have their own Knife Store. 


How would you gauge a knife’s popularity?

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If we were to set out to gather statistical data on a national basis to determine the popularity of a knife or pattern, where would we begin?

First off, we’d need to identify and then gather certain indicators, wouldn’t we?

Well, wouldn’t it depend on whether the knife is a current production and available in retail outlets, or not? If it is, then we could gather this year’s sales volume number as an indicator. OK, but what if it is an old knife? It wouldn’t be an easy task.

Now let’s throw in that we want to compare its current popularity to say,  4 or 5 years ago? 

What if, through web technology, we could actually track interest in certain knives and patterns?

It’s not often I’ll post the same report’s findings at both CNJ and The findings here are of particular interest to collectors of the Elephant Toenail knife, and yet, from a hobby, knife industry and technology perspective, this info has broader implications.

It is entitled The Growing Popularity of the Elephant Toenail Knife. If you are into knife collecting trends and the benefits technology offers to the knife industry, then I think you’ll find this report interesting.

Knife Website In The Spotlight-

cnjspotlight111508bIn the CNJ Featured Knife Website Series we introduce a collector’s site from a non-technical point of view. 

Today we are featuring

The minute you hit this site you will be impressed by the high quality professional photographs. The focus of the page is clearly on Knife Maker’s Hall of Fame member, Mr. D’Alton Holder’s knives. 

Scroll down and you will be presented several more examples of D’Holder’s craftsmanship. The images are large and quite impressive.

Del Anderson's

Del Anderson's

There is a lot of white space- further emphasizing the knives. Then further down the page, Del Anderson explains his interest in these knives and reason for building the site.

One of the features I like is his Site Map. It is helpful to give the visitor an idea of the scope of the site. He also has a “What’s New” icon right at the top of the homepage.

Very appropriately, Del built a page dedicated to Mr. Holder and it serves as a pictorial history of the knife maker going back over 25 years. Del also offers a Gallery of the knives he owns that are rotated every month or so.

If you are a custom collector or into D’Holder’s knives, then check out this site. You will notice your attention remains where it should be- on the knives- not the layout of the website.

Del shared with me his orginal motivation to build the site was simply to share his knives with others. Del said, “I’ve met many folks through this and have met a lot in person- it’s great!”

When you can stop by and say “Hello” to Del and thank him for sharing his passion with us.

Published in: on November 17, 2008 at 6:41 am  Comments (1)  
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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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Knife Collector Websites

The World Wide Web is made up of millions upon millions of web servers– actually the number calculated at 181,277,835 as of Sept. 2008 according to Each server hosts individuals websites, generally speaking. 

Knife collectors are interested in only a fraction of these sites. However, even among the “knife sites” there are probably into the thousands, between knife manufacturers, clubs and associations, dealers, blogs, knifemakers, etc., and as we go foward with the CNJ Featured Knife Website Series, we will look at many of them.

Collector Sites can be the most interesting.

I would venture to say there are fewer Collector sites out there today than any other knife related site, but their number is growing. They are put up by an individual collector in an effort to help spread the fun of knife collecting. Most of them don’t sell anything and the collector’s cost to build and maintain the site is viewed as his/her own contribution to our hobby.

Collector sites tend to be more “homemade” in appearance and function, when compared to a corporate knife company or a huge commercial enterprise, and yet, the collector’s passion makes up for the site’s lack of professional design, bells and whistles. Furthermore, we know better than to judge a book by its cover.

First up in the Knife Website- In The Spot Light Series is a Collector site and it is headed your way, so stay tuned.

Published in: on October 11, 2008 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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CNJ Featured Knife Website Series

Introducing the CNJ Featured Knife Website Series.

The presence of knife websites and online collecting resources, including blogs, is growing almost daily. One of our goals here at CNJ is to help make us aware of them and what they offer collectors.

Twice a month we will feature a knife related website of interest to knife enthusiasts and will include sites by collectors, dealers, manufacturers, and knifemakers.

Some will be new sites and some you may be familiar with, depending on when you first started using the web in your pursuit of our hobby.

Each featured site will be reviewed- pointing out the primary purpose of the site, as viewed from a new visitor’s perspective, and what it has to offer collectors. 

When possible, the owner of the site will be contacted for commentary.

There are hundreds of knife sites on the web, so I ask for your help in identifying them. Don’t assume I know about one of your favorites. Just jot it down below and hit send. Thanks! (more…)

Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 5:45 am  Comments (2)  
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