Are you a User? Give a little bit!

Knife collecting is all about knives, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. Today, we’re going to look at the people who make up the knife world.

crowd1I have observed two types of knife people. Don’t know if they collect or not. Don’t know if they like new ones or old ones, or if they have an EDC or not, and it really doesn’t matter for the purposes of their introduction. The point about these knife people isn’t about the knives anyway.

I’d like to introduce the two knife folks I see in our hobby. The first is the person I call “The User” and the other is “The Giver” (bet you thought I was going to say a Collector, didn’t ya?).

The User

The User is just that- a user. He takes. It’s the- what can I get from you or the situation that benefits me– perspective. It’s all about him. You don’t want to be a User. I see them everywhere. This person drains you and then is on his way. It is the knife seller who is only interested in relating to you as long as you are interested in one of his knives and when you aren’t, he is gone. This person exploits others. If you can’t do anything for the User, then the “relationship” offers no value to him.

The Giver

There is, on the other hand, this second person- The Giver. The Giver approaches another person or situation from the opposite direction. The Giver is a how can I help you person- without an ulterior motive. The Giver helps and shares. As too good to be true sounding as this person is, I see them all the time in our hobby. When you meet one of these people, you know it immediately. And yes, we will often think, “Now, I wonder what they want?”, but the fact remains, a Giver isn’t looking for anything from you.

The Giver isn’t necessarily a knife expert. Instead, his approach isn’t about knowledge or facts anyway. It is about relating to you, or me. When you meet a Giver you will know it. On the other hand, when you meet a User- you’ll know it too, immediately. Givers are the good knife folks.

Thanks to all who have given to me!

Give a little bit! 🙂

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Published in: on May 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My Favorite Knife YouTube Video Contest

youtubeUPDATED: Thur. April 30, 2009

The deadline is today for entering your video! Put it up on YouTube and send me your link. Thanks to the contestants who have taken the time to enter. Good luck!

Check out Cutlery News Journal’s YouTube Channel for the entries as they come in. I’m linking them to the 2009 My Favorite Knife Video Playlist.

The rules and instructions are linked below.

Everyone has a favorite knife. And I haven’t met a knife owner who doesn’t get excited and want to tell about it.

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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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Knife Shows are the lifeblood of Knife Collecting

 

nkcashowdaltonga1One of the best parts of knife collecting is going to the shows, but I have to tell you, I used to not feel this way. Instead, I thought shows were just a remnant of the old days (old timers swapping knives among themselves) and that their days were numbered. 

The first time I went to a show I drove 3.5 hours one way. I made my way up and down the rows and then was ready to go- partly a result of my personality (Type A- Task Oriented), but the other was I didn’t know any of the guys behind the table.

Then I began to meet knife folks and now I realize why knife shows are so important. Knife shows are for the people- on a personal level. Knife Shows fill the need of the social side of our hobby. It’s kinda like a reunion, of sorts, and in a way it isn’t really about the knives at all.

As much of a fan of the Internet (and knife forums) as I am, nothing substitutes for the one-on-one fellowship knife shows provide. Now instead of thinking they are leftovers from an era gone by, I now realize knife shows are the lifeblood of the hobby.

It wouldn’t be much fun, or very rewarding, if we just sat behind our computers buying knives without being able to see and experience the real heart of our hobby. Knife Shows are every bit as much a part of our hobby as the knives.

Today I am headed to Parker’s Show in Sevierville, Tennessee. If you come look me up. I’ll be the guy walking around with a video camera & recorder capturing the essence and characters of the show.

Published in: on November 19, 2008 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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