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Collection Listings

I’ve started working through some of the knives I’ve accumulated from collection purchases.  It can get a bit tedious as there are a lot of the Case knives I’m not that familiar with.  In addition, I’ve come across a number of the Schatt & Morgan’s from early 2000 such as the Premier series that I haven’t had a lot of experience with.  There have also been some S&M’s that I’ve not had the opportunity to see before such as this gem, a Premier Humpback Lockback Whittler.

Humpback Whittler Lockback Collection
“Premier” Humpback Lockback Whittler

I wish I had taken the time to shoot a few more pictures of the springs on this knife.  It had to be a major PITA to build.  Probably why we don’t see many of them!  The fit and finish on the Premier’s I’ve seen so far has been excellent with mirror polished blades.

Another beauty is the 538311 Burnt Stag below.  The stag on this knife is absolutely gorgeous if you like gnarly stag.  This comes from an era when I felt GEC was at the top of their game when it came to high quality stag.  What really helps make this knife a gem is the fact it is 1 of just 11 made.

GEC 53 Burnt Stag Collection
538311 Burnt Stag

And so it goes.  When I buy a collection I rarely get a chance to thoroughly look at each and every knife at the time of purchase.  I put a lot of faith and trust into what the seller tells me he’s offering.  As a result, there are surprises.  Not all of them good!  So when I find a few knives like these in the lot it’s always rewarding.

Ever so often I’ll be asked if I have a specific pattern in stock.  It might be a GEC, Case, Schatt & Morgan and so on.  It’s really easy to search the store inventory just using the “Search” option.  All you need is a keyword and you’re on your way.  The Case knives are a great example of simplifying a search for a knife.  There are so many models that I didn’t make an effort to break each one into it’s own listing.  If you’re looking for a Texas Toothpick, enter the word “Toothpick”.  Don’t worry about using the word Texas or the model number.  “Toothpick” will pull up any knives listed under that title.  Just a single keyword will usually get you on your way.

The next month is going to be busy.  In another week I’m heading back up north for a few more days of camping before freeze up.  Then I have a Gun Show mid October and a week later we head to North Dakota for the Pheasant Hunt and a little prairie dog shooting.  Plus its the time of year when you start thinking about buttoning things up for winter.  I’ll keep adding more knives from the collections to the store but I know it’s going to be slow going.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that the raffle for the Wounded Warrior Project knife will conclude on Monday so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.  The response has been good so far and someone is going to end up with a really nice collectible.

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Knife Collection Acquisitions

I’m really happy to have completed a couple of knife collection acquisitions over the last few weeks.  Here are a few pix.

Case Cheetahs
Miscellaneous GEC’s
Case, Queen, Schatt & Morgan Knives

Miscellaneous…miscellaneous.

And there are some really nice pieces among them.  Here’s a good example.

Case EX344 SS Lion Paw 5/29/14

Between the two collections there are roughly 300 pieces so it’s going to take a while to get through them all.  From what I’ve seen so far, all are as new in their original boxes.

There are around 80-100 Queen / Schatt & Morgans as well.  Some of them are earlier knives such as the Premier Series.

And a few harder to find pieces like this medium Scout Knife.

The Great Easterns include some choice pieces like the Genuine Stag Serialized Toothpick.  They only made 32 pieces in Genuine Stag and you sure don’t see many of them come up for sale.

GEC 281211J Genuine Stag

Great group of knives!!

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Weekly Update 2.26.16 The Auction

I touched on some of the new releases that came through from Queen this week and promised a bit of info about the auction I attended last weekend.   Quite the trip.

Just before Christmas I had the opportunity to meet Frank Fox from Fox Auction Company in  Mason City, IA.  We had a lengthy conversation, found out we had a lot of friends in common and the conversation turned to auctions, knives and such.  Frank encouraged me to check out an estate sale he had scheduled (that was held last weekend) that had a considerable number of knives being offered.   I checked it out, ended up going and had a great time.

The sale was three days held at the fairgrounds in Osage, IA.  Great venue for a sale with a large open building, lots of natural light, comfortable chairs and room to move around.  Even with up to three auction rings going at one time, the merchandise for sale was laid out for inspection on folding tables and you still had room to move.

While I was primarily interested in the knives, this was the most eclectic collection of collectibles I’ve seen in ages.  It was a three day sale AND there will be another two day sale in April to finish things off.

The first non-knife related item to catch my eye was a wooden peg leg from the 1800’s (sold for $1000).  There were  boxes and boxes of old post cards and photo’s, glass marbles that sold for upwards of $100 each.  Antique fishing tackle, steel toys, BB guns, art prints, and on and on.  The unique thing was the condition of most of the stuff was excellent.  I didn’t know the fellow that accumulated this collection, but he had an eye for quality.

When the knife sales started, it seemed to be 8-10 serious collectors present that knew what they were bidding on (self not included).  There were probably around 2 dozen hatchets, mostly Marble’s, that one young lady bid on with a vengeance.  There were definitely some jewels in the group and she ended up with some really nice pieces.

Then there was a large group of WWII era fighting knives and bayonets with some nice rare pieces included.  There was also a fair amount of WWII items in the auction and to tell you all what kind of a guy Frank Fox is, he bought lunch for any military vets that wanted to eat.

Here’s a list of a few of the notable pieces and there sale price.

  • WWII KaBar USN MK2          $140
  • WWII Kennedy Arms Fighting Knife   $225
  • US LF&C WWO Trench Knife     $375
  • Solingen Puma WWII Boot Knife w/Scabbard   $175
  • Solingen Puma Dress Bayonet Bone Handle    $475
  • British Dagger Wilkinson Sword London    $1000

And so it went.

On Saturday they auctioned the folding knives and some fine older fixed blade hunters.  Unfortunately, I got involved in another project and ended up getting to the sale late and missed a lot of the offerings.  A few that I did see go across the block were some Marble’s 1916 era hunters in the $150-200 range.  The Western Boulder, Co seemed stuck in the $50-100 range.

I had a young fella sitting in front of me who just couldn’t buy a knife.  My guess is he was probably 15 or 16 and obviously was bidding with a limited budget.  No matter which knives were selling, once the bidding topped $25, he dropped out.  There just weren’t any sub $25 knives to be had!  After a while I started feeling sorry for him having been in the same position when I was younger, but believe me, I dropped out of the bidding on more then one item too!

Here are a few pieces I did pick up.

Schrade Frogman Defender
Schrade Frogman Defender
Rosco Sheffield England Just liked the lines on this one.
Rosco Sheffield England Just liked the lines on this one.
Cattaraugus King of the Woods.
Cattaraugus King of the Woods.
Western States Lever Lock
Western States Lever Lock
1940-1964 Stag Trapper
1940-1964 Case Stag Trapper Appears un-sharpened.

For the last few years the consensus seems to be that Case prices have been in the dumper and I think the post 1980’s knives still are.  Based on selling prices at auction, apparently the older Case’s are making a nice recovery with the solid older pieces selling in the $100 and up range.  As you’d expect, condition was a driving factor but not always!

Jack Knife Ben
Jack Knife Ben

The Jack Knife Ben is a knife a few of you fellow farm boys from the Midwest might recognize.  The story behind Jack Knife Ben is interesting and most of these knives had their birth around the Chicago stockyards and spread to the St Paul markets over time.  There were a number of different patterns but this particular pattern served a purpose most livestock producers immediately recognize.

I picked up a few other pieces including a nice Case M4 bayonet, Kutmaster fighting knife and so on.  Overall, I exercised considerable restraint and believe me, it wasn’t easy.  Not being a collector there were a lot of temptations to bid just because something looked interesting, aka, the Rosco pictured above.

And that my friends was how I spent last weekend.  Not a cheap weekend, but a fun one.  And a tip of my cap to Frank Fox for being a stand up guy regarding our Vets and putting on an outstanding auction!

 

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Case Museum Display Knife

Had a friend forward some pictures from the Case Museum of a display knife I thought you all might enjoy.   It’s a pretty impressive piece. The email accompanying the pix read as follows…..

“.……..Case/Zippo museum and store in Bradford PA. I took pictures of their new Case Trapper display knife. It is 24″ closed. I noticed the bone handles are four pieces on each side and overlapped in the center. Really darn knife job. The image is of blade grinders on the stone wheels and it wasn’t that long ago it was still being done. ….. It went from quarry made stone wheels, man made wheels in floor, mechanical concave and flat grinders machines to cnc and now robotic cnc……”

Case Museum Display Trapper
Case Museum Display Trapper

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case6Many thanks for sharing this with us!!!