CNJ Editorial- Just what is a knife collector club? It is time for the question to be asked.

smallmensfashionsturnofcenturyA much talked about topic here at CNJ is how times change. We look at knife history and current events, and oftentimes compare the two. The methods, materials, habits of collectors, preferences, knife companies starting up and closing down, sales and advertising methods, etc. Today, we are fortunate to witness, firsthand, another change and one that started only recently, but will forevermore change the knife industry and knife collecting.

communityvirtualMore and more knife enthusiasts are online today. Some knife folks use the web to further their knife hobby, while others are finding out they are in fact collectors and didn’t realize it, and others still are becoming collectors as a direct result of the web. The phenomenon we’re clearly seeing is all these folks beginning to congregate online too. Yes, they are like-minded in their passion for knives and they are coming together- online.

The online congregating of these knife collectors leads me to one question-

When, if ever, does an online place knife collectors gather become a knife club?

Many of these online places are more than simply posting boards of topics and replies too. I know of one that’s a true social network, much like facebook or MySpace, and yet it is exclusively for connecting knife collectors- creating association between folks who have the common bond of knife collecting. It is a community of knife collectors.

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If you are a regular reader of the Cutlery News Journal, you know we are the first exclusively Web-based knife news source. One of our central topics is knife Web-news, all about knives, collectors and the industry taking place on the web.

While CNJ is not a Web-technology site, the context of many of our stories is how to use the Web and all is has to offer, as a collector. These articles are written so as not to get too technical or overly geeky.

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Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 5:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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Largest Online Auctioneer of Knives Cuts Over 1000 Jobs

Like it or not, eBay is a major player when it comes to knives. I know, they don’t make knives, or own them, but they do play what has become an important role in brokering/auctioning knives.

In fact, I would go as far to say, eBay transacts more knife sales on any given day than any other single source. Take for example, go search “knife” and 62,950 auctions show up. Search “pocket knife” and you get 10,008 auctions.

Perry Miller, the NKCA President said here on the CNJ Knife Show, “It (eBay) is the largest knife show in the world and it is open 24/7- seven days a week.”

In its early days many folks didn’t like it. Today folks have accepted it and adapted, and most now capitalize on it. (more…)

Published in: on October 8, 2008 at 7:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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New CNJ Series- Knife Collecting and Technology

Over the next several weeks, CNJ will be publishing a new series on Knife Collecting and Technology. All collectors have benefited from the technological advances, as has knife collecting as a hobby.

This new series will focus on a number of related topics from how we have been impacted, how you can establish a web presence; the different online resources available; how to further increase your relationships; determine what your goals for your online presence, and much more.

In addition we will look at the popularity of online knife forums, their individual web rankings & memberships, range of topics and their targeted audience.

Knife websites are also growing and we will look at different knife and collector sites, their targeted audience and their individual web rankings. 

You may be thinking about either establishing an online web presence, or increasing your visibility, or simply developing a website to share your interests and collection and we will talk about that too.

This series will focus on two main areas: Forums and Knife Websites, their target message, their target audience and their web rankings by search engines. Secondly, we will focus on providing collectors practical tools for establishing and or increasing their online presence.

Published in: on September 27, 2008 at 8:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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