Hunting ain’t no fun when you can’t find the game

liarHow many times since you started collecting have you heard fellow knife enthusiasts say they love “The Hunt?”  You immediately know they are referring to the time spent diligently searching for the next knife to add to their collection. Well, I’m here to tell you, if you don’t know it already- they are lying through their teeth.

Yes, I’m going to tell a dirty little secret. And one that none of the others have the manhood (s0rry ladies) to admit-

Hunting ain’t no fun- not at all.

Don’t get me wrong, they love to find a knife to add to their collection, and I do too, but that ASSUMES we do in fact- find it. In my mind though, “the hunt” is over at that point.

There are only a few things I enjoy more than getting a new knife to add to my collection. You know, you get home with it. Carefully unwrap it. Then sit there gazing over it like it is the Hope Diamond or something. Not even wanting to open and close it too much, so it doesn’t wear. Then gingerly placing it in the display, like hanging a trophy mount on the wall.

hunterSure, the kill, if you want to call it that- the bagging of the knife- is fun, but we had to find it first, so maybe we best break “hunting” down- I guess we can call the first part, “the hunt” and the second, “the kill.”  I enjoy bagging the object of my desire just as much as the next guy, but it is the hunting part I hate.

I’m not talking about just casually out looking around and happening to see a knife to buy here. Nor am I talking about simply window shopping as if any knife will do for the next kill. No, I’m talking about hunting for a specific knife. A particular knife that I have already decided to buy…..if I can just find the doggone thing. To me nothing is more frustrating than to have already mentally bought it (and spent the $$$, at least in my mind) and then not able to find the sucker. There is no way knife guys and gals enjoy this part, unless they are into pain, so they mask how they really feel by telling us, “Oh, I love the hunt.”

In case you are wondering what set me off today. Well, I’m starving- that’s where I am right now. I’m “hunting” for a knife that I’ve got months into and still can’t find one. I keep hitting dead-ends. I’ll get a lead on one and then run it down only to find it already sold. I scouted the entire 8 hundred- million square feet of Blade Show. I’ve posted at iKnifeCollector and knife forums, saved the search on eBay with email notices, emailed dealers and looked at more “dealer” websites that I care to admit. At this point, I simply don’t know what else to do. I think I’m going to pass out from malnutrition.

skeletonwgunIf I was hunting to eat, I’d be major skin and bones- probably eyeing my fellow hunter ’bout right now too.

So, let’s all come clean….if for nothing else, but to make me feel better anyway.

And please don’t tell me I’m just a impulsive compulsive knife collector who is too preoccupied with finding knives to enjoy knife collecting.


I’ll leave it at this- the next time one of our fellow collectors comes strolling up to me telling me how much fun he’s having out hunting for his next trophy knife, you may be reading about me jumping on him right then and there. The next day’s headlines will read- “Knife collector goes berserk and attacks fellow collector.”

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The Thrill of Victory

Weekend Edition

wide-worldDo you remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? It was a TV series that first aired in 1961. Jim McKay hosted it. “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat” was its opening line and there was this shot of this long jumper missing the end of the jump. I can see it like it was yesterday.

We love sports. They are a great recreation and pastime- regardless of whether we are a spectator or in the game.

But, have you ever thought of yourself as being a sportsman (or sportswoman)? No, maybe you don’t sky dive or race cars, but do you know, you are a sportsman too? 

A sport is typically thought of as a practice requiring physical or mental activity with a competitive element. Most of us think of sports as football, basketball and baseball. But we all know various forms of hunting are as much a sport as is running 20 miles.

There is big game hunting, duck hunting, and deer hunting, to name a few. And while not commonly thought of in this way, but even fishing is a form of hunting.

The Sport of Knife Collecting

Have you ever thought of knife collecting as a sport? Well it is. It has all the elements. Plus, how many times have you personally experienced “the thrill of victory” after a hunt; a hunt that could have lasted days, months or even years. 

Gary Pasko's Trophies

Gary Pasko's Trophies

“I love the hunt” is a common expression among knife collectors. I hear it all the time. It is the fun part.

In fact, just last week, Gary Pasko, a 29 year knife collecting veteran told me this and his wonderful displays are filled with his hunting trophies. 

“It’s not having the knife, it’s just an object. But finding it….the thrill of the hunt, and researching it. That is where the gold is for me.”  Gary Pasko  

Interesting isn’t it? Gary actually referred to the gold. We are Olympians. We are after the prize -the gold metal, if you will.

It is the thrill of the hunt that for many of us is what it is all about….We are always “in the game” – researching, prospecting, seeking the next prize. Athletes will tell you, it is all about “the game.” The contest. Winning. Being the Victor.

We too are out there in the game everyday. I can tell you without even having to think about it there are at least 5 specific knives I am constantly hunting for. I’m actively looking for leads, talking to folks and trying to run down these knives.

Then comes the thrill of victory.

…and along the way we acquire a mighty fine collection of knives- our trophies.

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