MAILER-DAEMON is a sad thing when it comes to knife collectors

I was rummaging around my files today- my email files and folders. Frequently, I’ll go back and read through old emails from knife collectors.

Might sound odd, but I find the topics interesting, plus to see what knives we talked about. Sometimes the collector shared with me actual knives in their collection too.

Today I tried to contact a collector from an old email only to have the email bounce back as undeliverable.

It’s the ding of the Inbox seconds after pushing send, only to see the dreaded MAILER-DAEMONRemote host said: 550 MAILBOX NOT FOUND. I get sick to my stomach every time.

And in some cases, it means the collector has passed away.

It’s a sad thing. When it happens I sit there for a minute thinking about what might have happened to the collector only to then wonder about his knives.

Not all collectors have huge collections that force the family to have to decide what to do with them. No, in many cases, there may only be a few knives, so what happens then?

Today, I tried to reconnect with a gentleman who contacted me back in 2003 about his stag HSB toenail. I ran across his email and thought I’ll just see how he was doing. Then the much feared MAILER-DAEMON showed up almost instantly.

Then what do you do? Most of the time I don’t know anything more than a name, sometimes only a first name. It’s not like I can walk down the street and knock on his door either.

I can’t help but wonder what happened to the knife he told me about too. Unfortunately, I can’t assume the family recognized the knife as valuable and rare. I’m afraid to think it was given to little Spike to play with.

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A psychologist’s take on why we collect

The psychology of collecting

By Mark B. McKinley, Ed.D.

Everybody collects something. Whether it be photographs of a person’s vacation, ticket stubs from ballgames, souvenirs of trips, pictures of one’s children, athletes’ trophies, kids’ report cards or those who collect “junk” (pack-rats) and dispose of it in garage sales.

The evolution of collecting
During the 1700s and 1800s there were aristocratic collectors, the landed gentry, who roamed the world in search of fossils, shells, zoological specimens, works of art and books. The collected artifacts were then kept in special rooms (“cabinets of curiosities”) for safekeeping and private viewing. A “cabinet” was, in part, a symbolic display of the collector’s power and wealth. It was these collectors who established the first museums in Europe, and to a lesser extent in America.

The motivations to collect
Why do we collect things, e.g., Cracker Jack toys to manhole covers? Some people collect for investment, yet one must wonder how a penny can become worth thousands of dollars. Some collect for pure enjoyment – it’s fun. Some collect to expand their social lives, attending swap meets and exchanging information with like-minded souls.


Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BREAKING NEWS: House of Representatives just passed the bill

This just in via an instant message from KnifeRights– Here’s what it said, “House passed Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our Switchblade language intact. Next step is the Senate.”

Bill passed by a vote of 307 to 114.

We’ll keep informed up to the minute as we follow this important issue to the knife industry and enthusiasts.

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-


My favorite –

I am itching to launch– the next generation knife community. It is a networking platform for knife collectors. One of its areas will function similar to MySpace and Facebook. Tomorrow's web hub for collectors 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 email address. Mine is

My biggest issue is the web building firms want about $15,000- $20,000 for Phase I – Yeah, 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 Special Feature- From the Lighter Side

Episode 01-  “No doubt I have the most.”

From the lighter side

From the lighter side

Sometimes we can allow life to get a tad bit on the serious side like when this past week the turbulence in the financial system caused us to stop and take inventory of things we oftentimes take for granted.

In an effort to lighten things up a bit, CNJ is launching From the Lighter Side. It is a humorous perspective on collecting.

“No doubt, I have the Most” is a look at how sometimes we inadvertently become collectors of things we really don’t want.

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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