Bradford, Pa., here I come

Well not exactly, not today anyway. Really not until July, but I am going.

Case Collector Appreciation Weekend 2008

Every two years, the W. R. Case Cutlery Company hosts their Case Collector Appreciation Weekend and I’m going.  It’s a fantastic time for any knife nut. Even if you are not an ardent Case fan by the time it’s over, you will be.

Why am I going to travel 900 miles to attend this event? Because Case asked me to, that’s why. Many of you know I’m a fourth generation auctioneer. And while I don’t sell knives in my real job, I can and for this special event- I will.

Case hosts an auction at each of these events. They sell one-of-a-kind knives made especially for their fans. This will be my third year to be their auctioneer…evidently my southern drawl isn’t too noticeable when I chat.

I know it’s a little early  to hit the road now, but do make plans to attend and please let me know when you do. We’ll make time to grab a cup of coffee together.

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 9:36 am  Comments (5)  
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52 tons of knives & other stuff used in 2012 Olympic Stadium

Ever heard of recycling knives? No, not melting and then re-forging old blades into new ones. I’m talking recycling entire knives and other metal items seized by London’s Police Dept. and then using them to build major structures, like this one-

Rendering of the main 2012 Olympic stadium in London. (Credit: Populous)

I’m all for recycling and all, but my question is this- what are collectors of old knives to do if there are no more old knives to collect. Today’s knives are the old knives of tomorrow.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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SHOT Show 2010 is now history

The SHOT Show is a wrap. And its numbers are huge.

The four day event held last week at the Sands Expo & Convention Center was a success, as reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  The show is owned and sponsored by the NSSF, the firearms industry’s trade association.

The SHOT show is the world’s largest exposition of firearms, ammunition, outdoor and tactical apparel, optics, cutlery, camping and related products and services.

This event is important to the knife industry and the major knife companies exhibited. We’ll be getting their observations and forecast for this new year.

Interesting SHOT Show factoids-

  • 2010 Attendance- 58,444
  • Buyers- 31,280
  • Exhibitors- 1,633
  • International Exhibitors- 125
  • Media Attendance- 1,804
  • Show space- 700,000 square feet
  • First show- 1979

Tune in for NSSF President Steve Sanetti’s State of the Industry address-

“With sales and revenues in much of our industry at a decade-long high despite the worst recession in a generation, we have thrived. I have to say that the state of the industry in 2010 is about as strong as I’ve seen it.”

NSSF President Steve Sanetti

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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When size matters- now this is a blade!

Looking for an EDC you can use as a multi-purpose blade but want one that is easy to conceal? Then this baby ain’t it.

C.A.S. Hanwei, known for high-end samurai swords, celebrates its 25th anniversary with this massive Shinto sword held by Missy Hillian at the 2010 SHOT SHOW in Vegas.

Specs: Overall length:  39″- Blade length:  27″ Weight:  2lb 5oz

C.A.S. Hanwei Shinto Sword

Photo credit: Field & Stream: Phil Bourjaily; casiberia.com

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 8:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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What’s in the works at Cutlery News Journal for the rest of this year

It’s not often I share our production schedule here at CNJ, but wanted to hit the highlights since we’re staring year-end in the face. I’m officially off work from my real job this week and next. That’s the good news. Unfortunately though, all the CNJ staff is taking off too.

What this means is- I’ll be here wearing all the hats for the rest of this year- research, writing, editing, layout, graphics and production. Makes me tired just to think about it. I’ve also promised to work on a video production with a knife company, finish some interviews for an upcoming series of articles on Knife Restoration (should be a fun and controversial topic) and research/write the first installment of the Knife Games Series.

In the meantime, I’ll be celebrating the holidays over at our Community Center at iKnifeCollector. We just reached 1000 members last week so our Christmas Party should be a real doozie. You are welcome to stick your head in if you are looking to play knives over the holidays. In fact, we’d love to see any knives you get for Christmas.

The day after Christmas my family is headed to Colorado. (I’m sure before it’s over it will be a cross between the Griswald’s European/Christmas Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles ).  It’s our son’s senior year of high school, so we thought we’d better take some family time before he flies the coop. I managed to pull my oldest, a junior in college, away from her boyfriend, so she is going. And our other two daughters can’t wait to go (ages 16 & 13).

In case you are wondering why all the detail, I’m making excuses for why CNJ may….not publish any posts between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you do find I’ve posted then you’ll know I needed a vacation from my vacation.

Published in: on December 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Life things can bump knife things

Sometimes when we want to play knives life things can get in the way.

Folks ask me all the time- “Scott, is your real job knife related?” Most of you here know it is not. I’m an auctioneer and I struggle, just like you, with trying to balance the many areas of life.

You know what I mean- work or personal things take priority over play things. These other things can bump you from going to that knife show even though you had it in your calendar for months or from traveling to meet a guy with that knife you are interested in- those kind of things.

Well for me these life things also bump me from posting here at CNJ or playing knives with my friends at iKC. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, but this week it’s work related “things” that are taking away my play time.

Traveled to Austin, Texas on Saturday and got back at mid-night Sunday. Yesterday and today- just slammed. In the morn, I leave at 4:00 AM to drive to two meetings and then on to Memphis, TN for two auctions.

Work is a good thing. Yes, we all have to make hay while the sun is shinning, but man, don’t you hate it when you’d really rather play knives- I know I do.

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm  Comments (2)  
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Cutlery News Journal Makes History!

knives2010Cutlery News Journal (CNJ) is recognized by Krause Publications’ Knives 2010– The World’s Greatest Knife Book by making their Knife Publication list.  Cutlery News Journal is the first blog to make the list. All other knife publications shown are traditional print media.

CNJ began last year and is the first independent knife collector news blog. Blogs are web media outlets published electronically. All articles are stored for easy topic search by their subscribers.

Krause Publications is a subsidiary of F + W Media, the leading enthusiast content provider and marketer of magazines, including Blade, books, conferences, and interactive media properties.

Photo credit: Krause Publications

Cutlery News Journal celebrates its first birthday

Happy BirthdayCutlery News Journal is 1 year old! Yes, that’s right CNJ launched on 8.24.08. The CNJ staff and production team celebrated and sat around reminiscing last week. I gave them 10 minutes to enjoy the good ol’ days, then hurried them back to work. There’s lots of knife collector news out there to be covered.

By now our readers know CNJ isn’t a typical knife website. There are no knives for sale. No knife company behind the scenes pulling strings for preferred features. No knife reviews. No catering to advertisers. Nope. None. Nada of any of that.

CutleryNewsJoD07aR02aP13ZL_mdmCNJ is pure, unadulterated, knife collector freedom of speech. While we aren’t unopinioned, we try to report the news and interesting happenings from the knife world. We offer unique observations on trends as they affect knife collectors. And yes, we provide straightforward, no holds barred, editorials. You probably already know this- we like to have fun in some of our stories too.

CNJ served up 261 articles filed into 62 categories with 706 easily searchable tags.

Over the last year our knife collector news stories were viewed 52,494 times. CNJ now averages between 5000 to 5500 views a month.

What does this next year hold? Don’t know, but we are committed to bring you up to date knife collector and related news as it happens. It will be interesting as it unfolds. These are exciting times for collectors and the industry.

Thank you for your continued support!

Next up: Top Stories as ranked by the readers and a few of staff picks too!

Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm  Comments (1)  
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Batson Bladesmithing Symposium

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Weekend Edition

Our Weekend Edition called for CNJ to send a reporter and video crew to cover Baston’s Bladesmithing Symposium near Birmingham, Alabama today. Serve weather is coming through now, so we’ll see.

Demonstrations run til noon, then a show, followed by an auction. Maybe we could cover it for the Weather Channel while we’re there. It should clear up later today, but right now it is just a matter of going from Point A to Point B.

The event is going on at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.

Later that same day…..

tannehillironworksI have good news and bad news.

The Good News is about mid-day, I finally got the all clear on the weather, so took off for the hour and a half drive to Tannehill Ironworks State Park.

The Bad News is once I got there I found out it was not this weekend, but the next.

Normally, I would be a miffed doing something dumb like this, but it was OK because it gave me a chance to spend some quality time with Shelby.

NKCA’s Vice President to assume President’s duties for a time

David Mullins NKCA Vice President

David Mullins NKCA Vice President

David Mullins, the National Knife Collectors Association’s Vice President will be heading up the organization for a few months. Perry Miller, the NKCA’s President has taken a 6 month leave of absence for health reasons.

I sat down with David on Saturday at the Dalton Show to discuss this short-term change. It was made clear to me that David expects Perry to take back the reins of the association in a few months. David plans to carry on with the agenda established by the leadership earlier this year.

He will not assume the office of president, as Perry will continue to hold the title during this temporary period, however, David will take on the duties.

David is a veteran knife collector and long-time NKCA member. He joined the association in 1974.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Perry. In the meantime, David’s steady hands are at the helm.

Published in: on March 16, 2009 at 5:20 am  Comments (1)  
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