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Old 04-22-2015, 12:02 AM   #1
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Bringing knives to a gunboard

No new guns in more than a year now. 2014 was the year of the blade for my collection. Here is what I got myself involved in.



It started a couple years ago with the 8" Alamo Memorial Bowie which I recently dressed up with this specially-made leather sheath.

Then a year and a half ago I found the 9" Bowie from Taiwan.

Next came the 10" S&W-marked Bowie from China.

An 11" toothpick also from China.

The Pakistani Khyber Bowie with a nearly 14" blade needed considerable work with steel wool to clean up the brass.

The Chinese saber is 22" along the top of the blade point to hilt. The sheath was made by the same tack and holster maker as the Alamo Bowie sheath.

This home-made double-edged sword in my pride of the group. What is now a 28" blade is made of titanium from a blank piece I got some 40 years ago when I was heavily into martial arts.

Along the way I ordered the M7 bayonet to fix to my Mossberg 590 12ga.

An inexpensive set of throwing knives seemed appropriate.

I do train with many of these as I used to train with wooden swords in the past. Good to have a first aid kit handy but so far haven't cut myself.
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Very impressive collection...
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I picked up a couple of Mora knives at the NRA Show...
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Nice cutlery! I'm more for the function and utility of a knife, and in what I do, a razor blade is probably used more. No, I'm not a barber...

Razor blades mostly being used for scraping gasket material off of engines parts, etc.
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Nice collection. I just ordered my first Randall, I'll post a picture in 4 or 5 years. Ed
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Maybe we should make this thread ...

... wait for it ...

... a Sticky?

That's a lovely collection, Russell. Thanks for sharing them here.
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Maybe we should make this thread ...

... wait for it ...

... a Sticky?
No! Not a Sticky!

Not until I show one more pair of items I picked up and mounted in the past weeks.
These are supposedly 16th and 17th century blades in 20th century furniture that used to contain a replica dai-sho from 40 years ago.

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So here are all my 'real' knives and I do train with many of them (carefully).

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Definitely a cut above ...
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These new Steel Will knives are just beautiful.
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These new Steel Will knives are just beautiful.
They do have some nice blades there, however more than half their models were out of stock last time I visited. Some models are a little expensive IMO, but haven't handled one so maybe there is an element of quality I am missing.
As far as quality knives at reasonable prices, Ontario and ESEE are 2 brands I would highly recommend. Both make real utilitarian tools, not just fancy looking blades.
It always brings a slight smile to my face when I see a "blade expert" with a collection of fancy/ornate knives, made from metals horrible for actual use, with all sorts of machining to make them look "tactical", "cool", or "deadly" (all of which I have heard people use to describe their collections).
There is nothing wrong with owning them as art pieces, if that is your intention and understanding, but it always amuses me when people mistake them for legitimate tools/weapons. Buy as many cool flashy knives from China/Taiwan as you want, but it does not make you any sort of authority or expert on blades.

FYI: My rant has nothing to do with the OP or any other posts in this thread, the topic just reminded me of certain types of "knife collectors" whom I do not have great amounts of respect for. I'm off my soap box now...
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