SharpByCoop rolls out new cutting-edge knife photo gallery

The next best thing to buying new knives is looking at them.

Couple a talented photographer with super-cool knives and then throw in the web’s ability to display these knife images, what do you have-, the most cutting-edge knife photography gallery.

Jim Cooper’s ability to capture the spirit of a knifemaker’s talent is something to behold. His client list is a Who’s Who of the custom knife industry and his pictures have been repeatedly featured in every knife publication.

Over the last seven years, Jim amassed over 5000 images of handmade knives. And while Jim displayed his work at shows, his studio and his website, roughly two-thirds of his photo library consisted of knife pictures used by internet dealers and were removed once the knives sold.

When I asked Jim about his major website upgrade, he shared with me-

“The benefit of it goes out to the knife-loving community to admire, compare and archive these wonderful pieces. It was a shame to limit these incredible knives to our private library. We have included thousands of images previously only seen on dealer websites. Moreover, the Gallery now has all our current clients, as well as studio work from 2004- 2007.”

SharpByCoop is extremely easy to navigate and highly functional. All the images are quickly searchable to create a ‘virtual gallery’ of a specific maker’s work. And you can now expand to full screen, tag images, create a customizable slide show, link to a page or email to a friend and the search results are shown in date order too. The Gallery is also set up to purchase any image- in large or small prints, digital files and non-watermarked dealer shots.

Jim’s work is so good that you’ll get a very bad case of the wants within seconds of hitting his new homepage.

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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Audio Interview Series- Custom Knife Collectors Association’s Kevin Jones

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. Kevin Jones, one of the founders of the Custom Knife Collectors Association.

If you are interested in one-of-a-kind handmade knives then I believe you will find today’s show interesting and informative. The CKCA is an international collector association made up of custom collectors and knifemakers.

In today’s show you will sit in with me as we discuss the CKCA, the programs and benefits it offers to custom collectors, challenges faced to custom knives, resources for collectors, suggestions for individuals interested in customs and much more.


The buffering time of the show varies depending on your connection speed. Typically it takes around 10- 15 seconds before it begins, so please be patient as it loads.″


Custom Knife Collectors Association 

Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Custom Jumbo Swellcenter

Over the last month knifemaker Jeff Claiborne has provided us with a photo journal of a knife he was making. It is finished now and probably on its way to its new owner as we speak.

While I don’t normally keep up with knives as they are being made, this one is one of my personal favorites and since we are “fair and balanced” here at CNJ (meaning we like all “things that go cut”– to borrow a phrase from our good friends at the Oregon Knife Collectors Association– regardless of whether they are old or new), I thought you would appreciate the beauty of this work of art.

Needless to say, if you know anything about me, you know elephant toenails are my all time favorite vintage pattern. I promise to keep 99% of my toenail writings limited to our sister site, but just couldn’t resist sharing this one with you.

Platts Style Jumbo Swellcenter Toenail

Platts Style Jumbo Swellcenter Toenail

Published in: on September 22, 2008 at 6:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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