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Just posted over in the general firearm forum so I thought I show what I’ve been doing since my knee replacement surgery. There are a few more on top of these. I’ve always wanted a Benchmade pocket knife but too cheap to spend the money but now I have multiple ones thanks to some of the deals I’ve done. I’ve got a few of these folders sold to buddy of mine, just waiting on the thumb stud to show up to fix the one missing the stud.
 

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Wow!
Mules, you have been busy.
That is a nice collection.
Hope you get a nice display box or two to show them off.
Don't know what it looks like but an antique dealer nearby is advertising out front on his sign an antique countertop display case.
Or check our www.michaels.com for their shadow boxes.
That might make a nice display.
There is a Michael's Crafts in almost every city anymore.
So, what is the collection count up to with you restricted?

God bless!!

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Wow!
Mules, you have been busy.
That is a nice collection.
Hope you get a nice display box or two to show them off.
Don't know what it looks like but an antique dealer nearby is advertising out front on his sign an antique countertop display case.
Or check our www.michaels.com for their shadow boxes.
That might make a nice display.
There is a Michael's Crafts in almost every city anymore.
So, what is the collection count up to with you restricted?

God bless!!

Michael
I will have to check out the boxes, as far as the count I’m not 100% sure. I’ve sold a couple of these and looking for another deal to possibly trade around with or sell a couple more. I never thought I’d ever own a Benchmade much less a half a dozen of them. I’ve learned to watch closeouts and discontinued tabs on a few of the knife sights.
I’ve got a buddy that actually has a solid oak knife display like they used in lumber yards. Years ago but he wants too much for it. Hopefully one day he will cut me a deal on it.
 

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Mules:

That knife is beautiful!
Isn't it amazing when you can find something as simple as a knife but can look at it and see something so much more, a thing of beauty.
The shape of the blade, the deep blade edge, the beautiful wood of the handle, and the handle's turn.
That is something you can sit with it in hand and just turn it around and appreciate all the effort maker put into it.
Good purchase!

God bless!!

Michael
 
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Hey Mules!

Are the knife auctions the same as some of those auctions where you buy bids and then bid with them on the items you want?
I was wondering how they worked.

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Michael, I really appreciate the work that goes into hand making anything and knives just happen to be a piece of art that you can use.

As far as how some of these work, some builders have websites where they sell their work, some sell on sights like EBay if they mass produce knives, some builders have their own websites and private Facebook groups. They usually do mostly custom one off orders for customers and occasionally will do an extra knife or two to sale or auction off, some of them will sell say 20 slots at $20, some will let you pick your numbers and some will do random selection on numbers and then once the slots are filled they will do a random drawing for a winner, kind of gives people a chance to get a $400 knife for $20, some builders will let you apply what you spend on slots towards a knife if you don’t win and you choose that option.

Some of the knives I’ve bought this year have been through a buy sell and trade group on Facebook it’s a private group with lots of knife enthusiasts, some people buy new knives never use them then want to trade or sell them usually at prices much lower than new prices. It’s kind of an honor system between people and it seems to work pretty good.

I appreciate the time and work that goes into hand making knives, there are still some guys that hammer forge blades but most of them now days cut the blades out on a bandsaw, cnc machine or water table but they are still heat treated by hand, shaped by hand and handles are all done by hand and sharpening by hand.

There are a few builders that I follow that have websites but most are on Facebook, if you get on Facebook Tucker Work Knives, owner Andrew Karpinski is one of my favorite knife builders and I think one of the best in the country. He does some beautiful work! I have a couple of local knife builders that also make great everyday use knives.
 

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Michael this knife I bought off of the Facebook buy sell and trade group, it’s a Bradford 3.5 Guardian, Bradford list it on the sight for $199.00 usually though some of the sites like DLT or Knives ship free it’s around $170.00.

I got this one from a guy that bought it, never used it, carried it one day to work and decided it was to big for him. I bought it for $75.00 with the box it came in and the leather sheath.
 

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Good evening Mules!

My wife and I have been sitting here admiring some of the knife art work.
Some of them are very beautiful.
We used to do some ministry at several outdoor or cabin fever expo shows.
There was usually a knife seller or two there.
Some of theirs were really nice looking.
I look back now and wish I would have taken the time to purchase one or two.
Just to have and admire.
After all, can anyone have it any sweeter than to have a custom made knife accompanied by a beautiful revolver!!!!
Those are thoughts that keep a guy awake at night.

Thanks for sharing.
I will check out some sites and see what I can find.
I must get at least one!!

God bless!!

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The more I’ve gotten into this the more I’ve learn and appreciate the “art” don’t be surprised if you don’t end of finding several great knife makers in your area. Some of the knife builders don’t advertise and work on reputation alone and they get a lot of their work by word of mouth. One of the guys that has done some work for me doesn’t build pretty fancy knives but he builds every day use knives that are good looking, then there are builders that make beautiful knives that you don’t want to use much if any and then you have the in between builders that make pretty knives that are users.

I’ve got a knife that should be here today that is a user knife that is good looking, this one the guy and his wife gave me a $100.00 gift certificate towards a purchase of one of their knives of my choice. I was blown away by their generosity, I’ve done business with them for a couple of years and have bought numerous knives from them. I will post a picture of it later when I get it.
 

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Michael got the knife and here are some pictures, these are user knives, Eddie makes really good quality knives at an affordable price. This model is the EDC-TKO with the military blackout blade. It’s 1095 high carbon steel.
It comes with the kydex sheath and quick connect belt attachment.
 
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This one has the black G10 handles with gator back pattern with green liners
 
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It matches my neck knife that I carry just about every day
 

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Here are a few more that Eddie has made for me over the last couple of years. Eddie can pretty much make any design or handle you want. If you ever decide to call him tell him JC sent you. The bluish handles are a set I had made for my wife for our anniversary and I found a local guy that engraved them with my wife’s name on one side and our wedding date on the other side.
 
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I don’t own this knife but this is one of the knives that Andrew Karpinski of Tucker work knives made. His work is second to none.
 
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View attachment 3475 View attachment 3477 View attachment 3479 View attachment 3481 View attachment 3483 View attachment 3485 Here are a few more that Eddie has made for me over the last couple of years. Eddie can pretty much make any design or handle you want. If you ever decide to call him tell him JC sent you. The bluish handles are a set I had made for my wife for our anniversary and I found a local guy that engraved them with my wife’s name on one side and our wedding date on the other side.
Hey Mules!

Beautiful collection.
Must be great to be able to pull them out and enjoy them.

The top picture with the green/blue/red/blue/red knives - The bottom two have the short blade but looks like maybe around two inches tall.
Are those type of blades designed for any reason in mind?
Or are they just a different design?
I have noticed several knives with that style of blade and like them.
How long have you been collecting?
Any throwing knives yet?

Also, the art work on the Karpinski knife - Is that actually etched into the metal of the blade?
That is beautiful art work?
And you say that is not in your collection yet?

Thank you so much for sharing something from your life that means a lot to you.
I hope you take time to show more pictures!

God bless you brother!!

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Michael the blades your asking about are his backup models, they are designed to be a lightweight neck knife for concealment. The handles are fairly short but with my big hands I can get three full fingers around it and use the pinky finger as a backer if that makes sense. I can get a picture tomorrow to show you the grip. Most of his smaller knives are designed to be worn around your neck or on a belt concealed by a shirt. He has taught hand to hand in the military and theses are designed he has come up with over the years. The black one in the palm of my hand is the heavy duty version of the backup model.

The knife that Andrew made is way out of my reach $$$ lol, that one was actually a custom for a customer, the metal is a modern Damascus-welded steel, he gets the blanks/flat bar from an independent supplier that is known for putting out high end “Damascus” he acid dips it as well as using a bluing agent to get the dark and light patterns. The guy builds some amazing knives! He just did a matching set of 4 Bowie’s as gifts for a wedding party. He does some runs of 20,50 or 100 knives using cut blanks then he builds each individual knife with different handles and all numbered and slightly different then he won’t recreate it again.
 

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Good morning Mules!!

When wearing a knife around the neck I would assume it hangs down over the front.
Is it worn in a sheath of some sort with quick access to it?
Is belt concealment outside the waistband or inside the waistband?
As you can tell from the questions, this type of protection is totally new to me.

Thank you so much for sharing with us all from your strong knowledge in this area!

God bless!!

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Check back tonight and I will have a couple of pictures for you.
 
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