iBlade: A new cutting-edge iPod

iKnifePhone

iKnifePhone

You may remember a few months back, I designed the iKnifePhone. It was a refitted iPhone with a toenail/sunfish honker master blade- talk about a killer App- well, evidently that invention is outdated now, as far as hi-tech knives go.

Rumor is Apple is rolling out the new iBlade very soon and will make it available at its Apple stores nationwide.

The iBlade will be the newest generation iPod, and a cutting-edge one at that!

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In a related note, there is an unconfirmed report iKnifeCollector, the next generation knife collector community, has a leg-up in vying against Amazon and the iTunes store to be the exclusive online distributor of the iBlade (kind of like the relationship AT&T has with the iPhone). So, to get one you’ll need to sign up at iKC, otherwise,¬†you’ll have wait in record breaking lines. My guess is sales of the iBlade for the first weekend will exceed the million unit sales of the new 3rd Gen 3Gs iPhone in its early days, so why fight the crowds?


Photo credit: iBlade- to whoever made it.

You can tell I’m just having some knife collecting fun today ūüôā

The Next Generation Knife Collector Community

I want to join a knife community. I’ve looked at a bunch. Searched the web- deep and wide- and it ain’t there. Not like what I’m looking for.

What I am looking for is a combination- 24/7 Knife Show, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace, FaceBook, Yahoo Group, Cutlery News Journal and knife forum- all rolled into one, all exclusively for knife collectors. (more…)

Collecting and the Web

Geek Rated: Moderate

Geek Rated: Moderate

In this the second installment of the Weekend Edition, I have to make another confession and it pertains to another collection I have going.

I know many knife collectors who also collect other knife related stuff, like displays and memorabilia. Ok, but what about collections of non-knife stuff?

I love old and I love tech. I don’t talk much, at least I don’t think I do, about the geeky side of things. But I study emerging technologies, social networking,mypb5300cs online trends and¬†demographics, which is one of the reasons for this year’s knife community survey.

No, I don’t collect computers or hard-drives, although I did “stick back” my first laptop (Apple PowerBook 5300cs) from 1995.

Instead, I collect something that is an intellectual property- in this case, it is a real smart sounding name for something you use probably everyday. In fact, you used one of what I am collecting to get here to CNJ today.

Collection of Web Addresses (Domain Names/URL’s)

Yeah, I know that is weird, but the names fall into three basic groups- knife, online marketing and auction.

Here are a few of the Knife & Traveling Salesman related domains in my collection-

  • VintageKnifeCollector.com
  • SunfishKnives.com
  • KnightsOfTheGrip.com
  • JournalOfTheRoad.com
  • TravelingSalesmen.com
  • DrummersDairy.com
  • SalesmanSample.com
  • EDCClub.org
  • TalkingKnives.com
  • KnifeCollectingNews.com
  • KnifeJournal.com

My favorite – iKnifeCollector.com.

I am itching to launch iKnifeCollector.comРthe next generation knife community. It is a networking platform for knife collectors. One of its areas will function similar to MySpace and Facebook.

iKnifeCollector.com- Tomorrow's web hub for collectors

iKnifeCollector.com- Tomorrow's web hub for collectors

I’m convinced it is the future community of knife collectors after studying the results of the Knife Community Survey.

The NKCA should be doing this.¬†I’m also itching to write an editorial on the NKCA and its future, which this is it right here. It’s a virtual “association,” ¬†to use that term loosely.

Anyway, and each new member gets their own personalized iKnifeCollector.com email address. Mine is scott@iKnifeCollector.com.

My biggest issue is the web building firms want about $15,000- $20,000 for Phase I РYeah, I know, and I have the plan all ready to be built. Do you know how many toenails that will buy?

Domains, Real Estate and Auctions

I’m guessing I have grabbed about 40 domains to date. To most folks that is a bunch, but to the folks in the domain industry- it’s not. In fact, our company is conducting an auction for a “collector” on his portfolio of ¬†2650 real estate related domain names. It will be very interesting. If you are near the Fairmont in San Fransico on June 11th, come watch us work. While our company only sells real estate at auction, but being the geek I am, I couldn’t say no to doing the largest collection of real estate domain names ever assembled; after all it is virtual real estate.

Lots of thoughts bouncing around today-

Have a Enjoyable Easter Weekend!

Source for future city image: Fantasy Art 3D Wallpapers: modern digital art, 3D artists, computer desktop backgrounds.

CNJ is a knife news source and online library

24/7

24/7

Cutlery News Journal is here whenever you want it. Day or night- 24/7.

Reading habits are interesting. Some of you hit the site early everyday with your first cup of java. Some of you check it during the day. I know others who work nights and check it then. Many of these folks dart in for the lead story and then dart back out.

Others come once or twice a week and spend time checking out the latest stories. Yet, others come once or twice a month reading it more like a monthly magazine- clicking different categories and related articles- following links deep into web.

While many of you have been with CNJ from its beginning, new readers are visiting daily and have yet to establish their reading pattern.

For you who have just joined us, allow me to provide a little introduction.

CNJ is a virtual library of knife collector articles and news- all easily searched by keyword, tag, category and date.

Take a quick second and scroll up and down the homepage. Notice the ride side as you do. CNJ’s functions are located there. For example, at the top of the homepage you will find the search field. The keyword search works just like Google. Enter any word and all¬†articles are displayed with that keyword in it. Try it.

The tags are the odd looking, different sized, words all bunched together. Click on any one and all articles tagged with that word are found. Every article is also filed under one of the categories listed down the right side of the homepage. All articles are filed by month too. Plus, the actual calendar allows you to search by day of the month, if you are so inclined.

No digging through boxes for past editions

No digging in boxes for past editions of CNJ

Right now there are already 182 published articles- over 100,000 words, 517 tags and 59 categories–¬†all archived¬†and easily searchable.

And, we’ve only just begun to make collector news. Imagine 5¬† years from now!

Interestingly, none of the traditional knife magazines offer an online archive of past editions. Wouldn’t you love to search back through the last twenty years of Knife World, for example? I know I would.

Thanks for taking the time to check out CNJ. If you like what CNJ is all about- tell others. If you don’t and have suggestions- tell me.

Published in: on March 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Knife Collector Communities on the Web- SharpFans Yahoo Group

Weekend Edition

camp-cooking-dutch-ovenWant the recipe for some good clean knife fun? Take the company of fellow collectors, add a dash of raffles and knife pictures, and then throw in the Web and a little technology, mix it all together and what do you have?

A wildly popular online knife collecting group, of course!

That’s where our next guest comes in. He started a knife club that has grown to almost 1400 members in less than 2 years. The good news is his knife club doesn’t have to worry about finding a large enough meeting room because¬†they meet virtually. It is an online knife club.

Really it is an understatement to call this a knife club. Its membership rivals most any group and some associations, on and offline. You may have heard of it- it is called SharpFans. 

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Firen Skyshadow founded this Yahoo Group back in September 2007 and now it is one of the largest knife groups on the web. A Yahoo Group is a cross between an email list and a forum. Folks can post messages that are then sent to the other members, as well as read there on the group’s yahooogroupshomepage. Plus, members share photos, upload files, share favorite links,¬†vote in polls and keep a group calendar.

 

“SharpFans is an international Family club with members all over the world. We have members in India, Australia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the UK, and elsewhere. We welcome children in the club and keep our forum clean and respectful.

We talk about everything from knives to recipes and try to have a good time.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Firen Skyshadow, Founder

 

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I caught up with Firen yesterday to ask him about SharpFans and all that is going on there. 

Q) What got you interested initially in starting a yahoo knife group? And how did you choose its name?

knivestvliveA) “I started SharpFans after hearing Steve Koontz on SMKW’s Knives Live Show always speaking of their Fans. I thought we would see how many Fans there were and started a Fan Club. The guys on Knives Live always say that “Knife collectors are sharp people” so it only seemed right to call their fan club SharpFans. Steve Koontz and Knives Live took to the idea right away, and has been invaluable in promoting SharpFans on the show, even flying me out to Tennessee last December to appear on the show with them to receive our first club knife. Our members donated the funds to do this out of the goodness of their hearts.

 

Beau- SharpFan's President

Beau- SharpFans President

When I formed the Group, I made my dog Beau our president for lack of another member. When I offered to change it, the members decided that they want a dog for president. Hence, not only are we the only Knife Collectors club on the web with a dog for president, but Beau is the only dog to ever donate his personal Club Knife to the National Knife Museum in Sevierville TN.”

 

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Knife Auctioneer continues to take advantage of technology

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My grandfather used his car to promote our company's auctions

The auction industry has come a long way from the days of my great-grandfather nailing placards to telephone poles announcing our company’s auctions back in 1915 and my grandfather using his car as a rolling billboard. Today with the click of a couple of keys electronic messages can be broadcast to the world.

With that, J Bruce Voyles is continuing to take advantage of technology in promoting and conducting his knife auctions. I just received an email advertising an auction he is calling a Flash Auction. Now the Flash concept relates to mobbing folks together quickly. This particular auction is only open for 5 days and starts today. So, gone is the printing of a catalog (read: time), mailing it (read: time) and the waiting (read: more time) for the auction to start. His email came in the day before the auction starts.

The aspect of this auction that I like is he is not sending out any traditional snail-mail promotional piece- no brochure or catalog. Auctioneers have used brochures mailers and catalogs to promote their auctions and the items/property to be sold for well over a hundred years. Bruce is running this auction with an electronic catalog listing only and promoting it via email.

To me this just makes sense. Why print a catalog with umpteen pages of pictures when you can send an email, or if you felt you had to, mail a postcard to the buyers list, and then have them go straight to the web for the photos and descriptions. 

And in this case, the bidding is online too. ¬†If you are interested in checking out the knives in this auction, go to Bruce Voyles Auctions. His point with the Flash Auction is it won’t last long so head on over now.

Published in: on February 13, 2009 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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Yesterday & Today: The places we go

painescutjrnlglick1They will find you wherever you go. They always have. They always will.

In the old days, a hardward store, for example, would dress up its window display, or run a contest like the one we see here from 1926- all in an effort to grab the attention of the folks walking by.

As we go to new “places,” it is interesting to see that businesses & advertisers follow us.

Here is the latest report¬†from¬†Buzzlogic¬†of advertisers using the wildly popular¬†social media¬†to grab our attention, and while knife sellers (manufacturers, retailers, etc) may not be on the forefront of advertising trends- they will get there too. I do know they are using MySpace and YouTube now. (more…)

Looking for a pocket knife?

Weekend Edition

googleIf someone wants to buy a pocket knife today, what do they do? Sure they can go down to Walmart, but what fun is that?

Most folks today “let their fingers do the walking,” except it isn’t through the Yellow Pages anymore. Instead they turn to Google.

Google provides a wealth of information. My family turns to it almost everyday for something. The other day we were debating the origin of saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes- so off to Google we ran.

Google provides us a glimpse of what people are thinking at any point in time. 

In addition to watching our hobby from the grass-roots level, I also like to watch it from a bird’s-eye perspective. One of the ways I do this is to watch the Google trends related to various “Knife” search terms.

In today’s edition of CNJ, I wanted to share a few interesting observations about the search term “pocket knife”¬†from the world of Google.¬†

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Published in: on January 17, 2009 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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The State of Knife Collecting on the Web

Editor’s note: This message is too important to make bite-sized. The topics addressed in this report include, the importance of the web to us, the history of collectors and the web, the state of our hobby on the web today, and our future, in addition to several major online projects I’d like to see developed that are pretty cool.

The State of Knife Collecting on the Web Today

Beginner

Geek Rated: Beginner

Have you ever heard the business¬†axiom, “Don’t be so busy working in the business, you aren’t working on the business”?

If you haven’t, it simply means we can’t be so caught up in the day to day, we fail to plan for the future.

We must be constantly planning for the hobby of knife collecting too. Planning on ways to expose our hobby to non-knife collectors and positioning our hobby so they should want to get involved.

Why do I say this? Well, for several reasons, some positive and some negative. The ugliest one is this- if we don’t, we will become a hobby of old folks who collect relics of the past that no one else can relate with, or cares about.

The flip side of that is this- we have a worthwhile hobby. A progressive pastime that is fun and rewarding! Yes, it connects us with our past, but it also provides a vehicle for connecting with the future and other collectors!

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How would you gauge a knife’s popularity?

Weekend Edition

Moderate

Geek Rated: Moderate

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¬†ElephantToenails.com. 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.