2009 Knife Collector Survey Results- Question #1

Cutlery News Journal conducted an extensive survey over a two and a half month period earlier this year. The findings will be published soon. There are some surprises too.

1308 collectors took the Cutlery News Journal’s 2009 Knife Collector Survey. It was conducted from January 15th to March 31st, 2009. It comprised of 10 multiple choice questions.

Today, I am presenting the answers to the first question in the survey. It simply asked the participant to indicate the age group he or she represented (click on the chart to enlarge. Each time you click the chart will zoom in).

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2009 Knife Collector Survey

2009 Knife Collector Survey

The survey was heavily promoted through the major knife forums, Blademag.com, Yahoo Knife Groups, Cutlery News Journal, ElephantToenails.com, the National Knife Collectors Association, YouTube and various knife company communities, as well as the NKCA Knife Show in Dalton, Georgia March 13- 15th 2009.

The finding show that of the 1307 participants who answered this question- 43% are 25 and under33% represent the 20 and under age group, with an additional 10% from the 21- 25 age group.

I will refrain from adding editorial comments at this time. Instead, I will publish the survey results in an official report.

I’ll only add  that most folks would have guessed the 46 to 60 age group to have made up the largest age segment, when in fact those ages only represent 23.5% of the collectors.

There are many conclusions that can be drawn here, and a bunch of questions. From a knife collecting organization’s perspective, one question begs asked: “What are we doing to reach out and engage this active younger collector?”

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Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 5:00 am  Comments (4)  
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CNJ Reader Survey: Online Knife Fun

I’m working on an article for Blade Magazine and need your feedback here. While I ask you to only vote once, you may indicate multiple answers. The poll will remain the top post for a couple of weeks to give everyone a chance to participate. 

Published in: on October 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What You Collect and Why

Collecting knives is an immensely fun hobby and to most serious collectors is more than a pastime. We experience a tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction through the pursuit of our favorite brand or pattern. The number of reasons folks collect the knives they do varies and are as unique as each individual.

When I started, I collected only one particular knife brand. Then I begin leaning towards the oldest samples made by that firm, which lead me to my appreciation for old American cutlery companies and eventually to my pursuit of old elephant toenails. Each time I have altered my direction it was directly related to being pulled by a strong sense of attraction, intrigue or fascination.

I started a poll of such over at All About Pocket Knives asking the guys who hang ’round there to help me out.

My question to them is- 1) What is your favorite pattern and 2) Why? As I shared with those fellow knife enthusiasts I am working on a project for us here at CNJ.

If you care to help me with your particulars, please join in over at AAPK.

Published in: on August 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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