Knife collectors have to be very careful

arrestUnfortunately today, knife collectors can be profiled as militants or worse- criminals. While this may not initially sound like a problem, when it is the law enforcement doing the profiling, significant additional evidence and alibis may be needed to get off a rap.

meandcollectionwithoutfaceWe know there are many different types of knife collections and some are easier to label as weapons than others (from our perspective), but regardless, there are an awful lot of collectors who at minimum have a half-dozen Case knives sitting around the house. When it comes to legal investigations a knife collection is a knife collection. They don’t care if the knives are peanuts, seahorses or elephant toenails– new or antique. A blade is a blade. And we already know knives are perceived by many as weapons and anyone who “stockpiles” weapons will eventually use them, or so they think.

jailI learned of a man who was convicted of murder (he was only 15 at the time of his arrest) and one of the pieces of evidence used to convict him was his knife collection. It turns out after serving 8 years in jail his conviction was overturned, but my gracious think about it- he lost 8 years of his life for something he later was found unguilty (if I may use that word) for!

So, what’s the solution? We must keep all appearances of being a “bad guy” as far away from us as possible. Think about it- we proudly display our collections in our home or office; folks know we are card-carrying knife collectors (they know this cause we can’t help but talk about knives- after all, we are passionate about our hobby); we spend time traveling great distances to knife shows; we subscribe to Knife World, Tactical Knives or Knives Illustrated (Is CNJ bookmarked on your computer? Then there you go); on and on I could go.

From the outside looking in, you can see how we could be profiled as having the propensity to use knives in a crime and our collections easily spun as stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. We must be careful! People’s perceptions are their reality.

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Published in: on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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BREAKING NEWS: Customs Officially Backs Off

Late this afternoon CNJ was notified by Doug Ritter of Knife Rights of this good news. Below is Doug’s email-

Doug Ritter founder of KnifeRights.org

Doug Ritter founder of KnifeRights.org

Customs Officially Backs Off

In a letter to Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Customs and Border Protection has officially backed off their proposed revocations and rulemaking in recognition of the Amendment that was passed by the Senate which would add a new exception to the Switchblade Act covering assisted and one-hand opening knives, at least until the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill is acted upon in Conference Committee.

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The Universe of Collectibles

galaxyIt’s easy for knife collectors to see the knife world as all there is.

We can get so zoomed in on our hobby, industry, associations, economic trends that could impact our values, show attendance, old and new collectors, the next generation, counterfeits, etc…..that it is easy to forget knife collecting is but one galaxy in the entire universe of collectibles.

There are thousands of other “worlds” inside the universe of collectibles.

We all know about the famous artwork collected. We drool over the cars bought and sold at Barrett Jackson each year –one day I would love to own an original Shelby GT500, incidentally.

Then you have fishing lures, duck decoys, beer cars, antique toy metal banks (one collection just sold for $400,000), coins, paper money, flags, guns, stamps, wine, manuscripts, star wars ornaments (my wife has one of these going), and even “old” computers (even Apple Computers!) are among items being collected, just to name a very few.

Each collectible world is continually buzzing with buying and selling every day. And it blows me away to try to get my mind around the entire universe of collectibles -in terms of dollars involved, types of items collected, energy and time spent, and the number of collectors and their demographics.

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Audio Interview Series- Perry Miller NKCA President


CNJ brings you the first knife show on the web with its Audio Interview Series with key individuals in the knife industry. Our guest in today’s exclusive interview is Mr. Perry Miller, the President of the National Knife Collectors Association. 

If you are new to knives and have yet to join the National Knife Collectors Association, please give it serious consideration. As you will hear, the NKCA is working hard on developing additional resources for collectors of all types of knives- custom, tactical, old and new pocketknives, including hosting Knife Shows nationally, in addition to the opening of its the new museum in Sevierville, Tenn. 

In today’s show you will sit in with me while we discuss Perry’s early collecting days; his vision for the NCKA; challenges faced by the NKCA; new programs and resources for collectors; counterfeit knives; the changes in knife collecting as a result of the Web and eBay; suggestions for new collectors; and much more.  

The buffering time of the show varies depending on your connection speed. Typically it takes around 10 seconds before it begins, so please be patient as it loads.

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Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 6:15 am  Comments (8)  
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Where is the new generation of knife collectors?

In the circle of leaders in the knife collecting industry, a question keeps resurfacing- “Where are the young folks we can interest in collecting? It seems they are absent from the shows and the collecting clubs and associations. Where are the teenagers and kids in their early to mid-twenties?”

Attend any show and you will easily see, the average age is probably 42- 47. The traditional knife collector- the individual commonly associated with this hobby is aging. So, what does this mean? When the old guards whittle their last piece of cedar does that mean the hobby is going to cease as a pastime? We know folks don’t meet any longer at the town square on a Saturday morning to chew the fat and trade knives with each other.

So, the question continues to linger…”Where are the young folks? Are they so into online gaming and social networking sites to have any interest in all things that go cut?”

I found them… I really did

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Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What type of Knife Person Are You?

So, what type of knife person are you? Are you a collector? If so, which type? Oh, you don’t actually collect knives, instead you just have a several different knives that are your EDC (Every-Day Carry) knives? You are a collector and just haven’t realized it yet.

I ran across a good overview of the different types of knife people and wanted to share it with you. 

Basically, the author outlines 6 different knife “collector” types.

  • The History Collector
  • The Antique Collector
  • The Custom Knife Collector
  • The Mechanism & Steel Blade Collector
  • The Personal Use Collector
  • The Basic User

It was written by Dr. K. Click HERE to check it out.

I have to admit, while I was at one time a Custom Collector and still find them extremely appealing (meaning I have a weakness for cool knives), I am solidly a combo of The History and Antique Collector at this point.

If you are curious as to the knives I spend my time hunting, I invite you to ElephantToenails.com

So, have you identified the type of “collector” you are? Dr. K points out- “if you discover what your knife interests are early, it can save you a lot of money being spent on a knife that later on you wish you could sell….”

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Editorial- Followup on your feedback

As a followup to my editorial- Speaking My Mind a few issues need further addressed and clarified in light of some of the comments I have received. Thanks for taking an interest and sharing your thoughts with me.

1. I am fine with criticism. Moreover, as long as it is rendered in gentlemanly (or womanly, as the case may be) fashion, you are free to express your thoughts here at CNJ.

2. It seems as if my comments were incorrectly construed to have been defending sham artists (crooks, fakers, and folks who intentionally deceive others) as a result of a link posted on BladeForums.com and that topic’s context.

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Published in: on August 27, 2008 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Editorial- Speaking My Mind

Regarding old knives, we know knife collecting exists as an industry because folks spending their hard-earned money in good faith believe the knives they buy are authentic. At the point these folks’ confidence is jolted then the whole knife collecting hobby/ industry will suffer.

We can not allow collectors’ confidence to be shaken in the knives they are offered or buy, otherwise, we might as well go buy real estate or Bank CD’s.

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Published in: on August 26, 2008 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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