By Steve Shackleford
The world's so much entire roadmap to cutlery, Blade's advisor to Knives & Their Values includes specialist research, value determinations and lifetimes of study from the main gurus on old, custom/handmade, manufacturing facility, overseas, membership, commemorative, interval, and frontier knives, and all mainstream cutlery genres.
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Knife shows are family events, so always feel free to bring the kids—after all, they are the future of the industry— but be sure to keep an eye on them! A. Grades Always ask permission from the exhibitor before picking up one of his knives. Here, a show patron admires one of ABS master smith Steve Culver’s award-winning daggers at the 2008 BLADE Show. (Point Seven photo) 31 Knife Show Etiquette NKCA MINT: Absolutely new, exactly as shipped from the factory. A mint knife has no blemishes. It was never carried, never sharpened and never used.
Primitive Knives There are a number of old, primitive-looking ﬁxed blades circulating in the collector marketplace. Most are “mysterious” vintage knives cobbled together from a hodgepodge of old and not-so-old knife parts and other objects. Some have been crudely shaped and aged to look 11/5/09 11:22:51 AM SECTION I: COLLECTING KNIVES 44 primitive. Some collectors equate crudeness with age or with frontier provenance. Such people are the prey of fakers who make crude, primitive-looking knives. ” And even if some of today’s weekend re-enactors favor knives made to look primitive, you can be sure that their frontier ancestors, whose lives often depended on their knives, would never have tolerated such poor cutlery.
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