Letter to the Editor and A Message to the Older Knife Collectors

lettertoeditorBy now you see why Cutlery News Journal is different than a typical website.

Aside from it being published most every day, written by a knife collector, and oftentimes delves into controversial topics, you have the opportunity to provide direct feedback.

I want your feedback anytime you think I’ve gone off the deep end, not fully considered a matter, or you just want to say, “Amen.”

Recently, one of our fellow older collectors provided feedback expressing his concern after reading The State of Knife Collecting on the Web

Here’s what he said-

 “I just read your January 13th editorial and my head hurts. How are you going to train, educate, or whatever all of us old knife collectors to be able to use these new (web)sites. I am willing to try but it looks pretty complicated.”

If you remember the article offered a glimpse of knife collecting on the web in the future and ways to attract the online knife community who are not members of any association or club.

Message to the older collectors-

I feel compelled to say to you older collectors-  Learn all you want to, but don’t fret. Our hobby is going to be fine- we will carry the torch.

All the previous generations have done a very good job in bringing our hobby forward to today. It is our responsibility to step up now, and we will.

I also have to tell you- I have peeked at the Knife Community Survey trends. And the numbers are very strong for the “younger generation.” 

Also, the number of collectors comfortable with using the web is the majority surveyed to date. Plus, it reveals a number of collectors who can create the web  “things” as we go forward into the 21st Century. Not that the hobby is the web. The context of the article was using the web to attract new collectors.

Thank You

So, allow me to say to all the generations of knife collectors who have gone before us- “Thank You!” To you who are still active- Don’t back off, but don’t feel it is all resting on your shoulders any longer either. And, while we may trip up every now and then, we do have the hobby’s best interest at heart and will do you proud.

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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The Next Generation of Knife Collectors Part II

The Knife Collecting Underground

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

There is an ongoing conversation among the knife collecting leadership today about how to find and attract the next generation of knife collectors (ages 15- 25ish). Obviously, because they are the future of our hobby and they are not participating in the organized collecting establishment today.

As first reported here on CNJ, this next generation represents an almost “underground establishment.”

Exclusive CNJ Interview

Scheduled to be aired tomorrow in an exclusive CNJ interview is a celebrity among these online collectors.

This 23 year old admitted he has never been to a major knife show. He is not a member of any organized knife club. And he spends hours a day answering knife questions and giving suggestions. He told me the majority of the questions come from “kids” who are younger than him.

I can’t wait for you to meet him in this exclusive interview. You will find him very interesting. He represents the next generation of atypical collectors. These are the collectors our associations are looking for and we didn’t even know they were there.

LINK TO YOUTUBE’S CUTLERYLOVER INTERVIEW

The New Influencers

The Knife Establishment had better sit up and take notice because he represents the New Influencers (as defined and written about by Paul Gillin in The New Influencers- A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media).

And, oh yeah, he has over 3000 knife enthusiasts following his online knife activities.

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