Knife Museum fundraiser declared a success


Knoxville paper covers knife museum fundraiser

As a publisher of electronic knife collector news, I love it when the traditional print media covers happenings in our knife world. You know, when a newspaper prints a story about a collector trend, an event or even a significant aspect of our hobby.

This morning, as I was writing/struggling in an in-depth CNJ article on Knife Condition Grades, an email pops in my Inbox alerting me about new knife news. I stopped immediately, clicked though and found a great story in the Knoxville News Sentinel about the National Knife Museum fundraiser held weekend before last.

The event was co-sponsored by Smoky Mountain Knife Works, W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company and the National Knife Museum in Sevierville, Tenn.

The point of the story is over $4000 was raised for the Knife Museum. While the museum is a sister organization to the National Knife Collectors Association, it is a totally separate entity and survives from donations and exhibitor fees.

As an aside, yours truly did go to this event but was too busy buying knives to cover the event ūüôā Had my collector hat on that day. Well, what can I say……other than- I had success there too.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel- Knife swap meet raisers $4000 for museum

H Boker Factory Collection

20091023_2918To complement¬†the recent feature article on Boker knives and the firm’s history in Knife World Magazine, here is the rare H. Boker Factory Collection displayed at Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, TN owned by Kevin Pipes.

20091023_2929Even if you aren’t a fan of the Boker brand, if you like older knives, and pristine mint condition knives- with fantastic etches, then you’ll appreciate this collection.

Christmas Catalogs- Do you remember?

SearsCatalogChristmasWishbookDo you remember Christmas shopping from the Sears catalog?

Even though it dates me to say- I do. This was back before shopping malls and decades before online-shopping.

I loved grabbing the Wish Book- the 800 pound “Christmas Catalog”- a marker and then jumping up in my chair to pick out what I wanted for Christmas. Mom told me to circle different things I’d like for Santa to bring me- so mark I did. I wanted that BB Gun, those Hot Wheels, that pair of pajamas, that Rock Tumbler (I was into rocks- I collected them as you know), on and on I would go- for pages. Didn’t know anything about prices or my limit. I just happily complied with my Mom’s instruction. ¬†Then I’d¬†proudly hand it all marked-up back to her.

You may say to yourself about now, ¬†“Scott, where’s this trip down memory lane coming from, especially when it’s only the ¬†beginning of October.” OK, I’ll tell you. Today, I received a Christmas catalog in the mail. I tossed it on my desk without a lot of thought. Later when I sat down at my desk the catalog caught my eye. At that moment I experienced a rush of memories from my childhood. No it wasn’t the Sears Wish Book that caused my flashback- Sears stopped them years ago- instead it was the Christmas catalog from Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

Yes, a knife catalog. Don’t ask me why, but this inch thick, 172 page catalog did the trick. Good to think of my Mom again also.¬†Thanks Kevin Pipes– you made my day. I might just circle a few knives in it before I’m through too.

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Smoky Mountain Knife Works Executive Killed in Accident

Lee Chipley, an executive of Smokey Mountain Knife Works, was killed earlier today while riding his 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle on the way to work.

Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed the accident occurred around 6:56 a. m. this morning when a Ford Explorer turned in front of Mr. Chipley.

Knife Collector Communities on the Web- SharpFans Yahoo Group

Weekend Edition

camp-cooking-dutch-ovenWant the recipe for some good clean knife fun? Take the company of fellow collectors, add a dash of raffles and knife pictures, and then throw in the Web and a little technology, mix it all together and what do you have?

A wildly popular online knife collecting group, of course!

That’s where our next guest comes in. He started a knife club that has grown to almost 1400 members in less than 2 years. The good news is his knife club doesn’t have to worry about finding a large enough meeting room because¬†they meet virtually. It is an online knife club.

Really it is an understatement to call this a knife club. Its membership rivals most any group and some associations, on and offline. You may have heard of it- it is called SharpFans. 


Firen Skyshadow founded this Yahoo Group back in September 2007 and now it is one of the largest knife groups on the web. A Yahoo Group is a cross between an email list and a forum. Folks can post messages that are then sent to the other members, as well as read there on the group’s yahooogroupshomepage. Plus, members share photos, upload files, share favorite links,¬†vote in polls and keep a group calendar.


“SharpFans is an international Family club with members all over the world. We have members in India, Australia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the UK, and elsewhere. We welcome children in the club and keep our forum clean and respectful.

We talk about everything from knives to recipes and try to have a good time.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Firen Skyshadow, Founder



I caught up with Firen yesterday to ask him about SharpFans and all that is going on there. 

Q) What got you interested initially in starting a yahoo knife group? And how did you choose its name?

knivestvliveA) “I started SharpFans after hearing Steve Koontz on SMKW’s Knives Live Show always speaking of their Fans. I thought we would see how many Fans there were and started a Fan Club. The guys on Knives Live always say that “Knife collectors are sharp people” so it only seemed right to call their fan club SharpFans. Steve Koontz and Knives Live took to the idea right away, and has been invaluable in promoting SharpFans on the show, even flying me out to Tennessee last December to appear on the show with them to receive our first club knife. Our members donated the funds to do this out of the goodness of their hearts.


Beau- SharpFan's President

Beau- SharpFans President

When I formed the Group, I made my dog Beau our president for lack of another member. When I offered to change it, the members decided that they want a dog for president. Hence, not only are we the only Knife Collectors club on the web with a dog for president, but Beau is the only dog to ever donate his personal Club Knife to the National Knife Museum in Sevierville TN.”