Summarize your collecting "style" or tendencies ...

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Lansky1, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Lansky1


    Apr 12, 2016
    - I collect post 1970 Case knives almost exclusively.
    - I'm an eBay bottomfeeder - never pay full retail.
    - Through trial and error, I've narrowed down my preferences to a half dozen patterns I really like and focus on those.
    - My wife says I'm not afraid of color ... I tend to shy away from the common reds, browns and ambers - I must be part magpie - if it's colorful or shiny, I like it ...
    - I like to tinker with blade shapes - try to be imaginative & find ways to create wharncliffe's or sheepfoot's from factory blades where no man has gone before.

    That's my knife collecting tendencies in a nutshell ... let's have your collecting style ---->
  2. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    I collect all kinds of traditionals (as long as they are Trappers).
    Well . . . large trappers.
    I have many other styles but the glaringly obvious reaction someone would have while looking at my collection would be . . . TRAPPERS.
    Ever cut an entire blade off just to make the knife single blade ?
    I can hardly resist doing that with most of my two blade Trappers.
    I did once turn the Spay blade into a Wharncliffe on one of them in a fit of restrained Dremel surgery.
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  3. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    Given unlimited funds I could see myself having an embarrassingly large collection of Whalers and Elephant Toes.
    Hey . . . a man can dream can't he ?
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  4. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have a wide range represented in my collection, but it seems that pen knives dominate when it comes to pattern. There doesn’t seem to be a certain huge majority of covers in my group, but I seem to go towards the natural materials.
  5. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Mostly multi-blade slipjoints.
    I find them the most versatile and more than sufficient for my daily needs.
    I do have a Buck 110 on my belt every day, but I seem to reach for the slipjoint 9.969 times out of 10 when I need to cut something.
  6. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Do I like it?
    Do I have the funds for it?
    Mostly single blades, no Lockbacks, toothpicks, or muskrats.
  7. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    I look, I find, I buy...repeat.

    Pretty simple really. Sometimes I even ask the Mrs.

    Sometimes :D
  8. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    3-1/2" jack knives (mostly) :cool:
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  9. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Equal Ends. I have a wide variety in my collection but I have more Equal End patterns than any other type. I also seem to have more knives with a Sheepsfoot or Wharncliffe blade than knives without them.
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  10. Buzzbait


    Feb 25, 2001
    • My sweet spot is between 3 5/8 and 3 7/8" long closed.
    • Bar far, I collect more scout knives than anything else. And of all those scout knives, the Remington/Pal scout knives and Camillus Army engineer knives are my favorites to collect. They have a wonderful history that intrigues me as much as the knives themselves.
    • My favorite traditionals are from the 1920's to the 1940's. There's just something about the Rogers bone from that era that I love.
    • The rest of my collection is a mix and match of anything that grabs my eye, with no real focus.
    • While I love natural handle materials, I am also quite fond of yellow delrin and natural canvas micarta.
    • I'm a bargain basement kind of guy, always looking for low price deals.
  11. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    Stockmans, cattle knives and old schrades. A broken record perhaps but I'm sticking to it. ;)
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  12. sXePhenomenal


    Mar 8, 2018
    Stockmen and Trappers are my favorites. Specifically the 881/885uh/8ot stockman design I too patrol eBay and have got a few good deals and stubbornly have let a couple I really wanted get away :mad:. Also really like Tony Bose designed knives.
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  13. E40

    E40 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    For traditional knives it is usually one blade models.
  14. lavishmammal

    lavishmammal Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Many, many knives lol...but the predominate gravitation is back to GEC #15's. I look at my collection and suddenly I have 15 or 20 GEC #15s that are all exactly the same (or almost) but different handle materials. I liquidate to just a few #15s, rinse, and repeat.

    And if it is isn't a GEC 15 then the knife is almost always a wharncliffe or sheepsfoot.

    Hi my name is XXXXX and I'm a knife-a-holic.
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  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    As best I can do is say I really like smaller 3-1/4 or less 1-2 blade slipjoints.
    I'm not confined to this and have no problem with lockbacks up to the Buck 110 or fixed blades up to the 119, but the little slipjoints I really like.
  16. PStone


    Mar 3, 2018
    I don’t have a specific way I collect. I guess I like variety. Everything from vintage traditional slippies to modern folders to large fixed blades. I like to hold, use, and experience it all.
  17. Ray5118


    Dec 23, 2010
    Started out focused and got out of hand.
    Sound familiar?
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2019
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  18. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    These days I’m focusing on single-blade jacks with frames 3-1/2” and smaller.
  19. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    When I was actually a collector (even a card-carrying member of the Case Collector's Club at the time), I would say that what described my collecting style in a single word was "variety."

    Like the OP, I primarly collected recent production Case knives and looked for bargains over rarity.

    I tended towards wanting to try at least one of every pattern, and if I liked a particular pattern after trying it, I might buy multiple variations of it - different steels, handle materials, blade combos.

    I branched out into other brands, but in less quantity, and not with the full-on "gotta try every pattern" mindset.
    Buck 301 and 303 but only one of each, and only in yellow synthetic handles.
    3 Queen knives - Country Cousin, #9 Stockman, small serpentine jack.
    About 14 GECs, with a few duplicate patterns but different blades, steels, or covers (two 15s, three 12s, two 48s, three 77s, a Maverick, a Congress, a Pony Jack, the BF Congress Jack)
    One Canal Street - the Eric's Jack, forum knife runner-up from 2014.
    A few SAKs - several Pioneer variants, the alox Cadet in a few colors, even a red-handled Spartan.
    I even tried a couple of Rough Riders and Taylor Brands Old Timers just to see how the imports stacked up. Verdict - RR makes good knives, the Taylor OTs are usable tools.

    Once I got to a point where I had more knives sitting never-used in their boxes and tubes, with about a dozen that get regular carry, with maybe 6 of those the real go-to carry knives, it just seemed foolish to buy another one when I had so many already. I am not sure why that mental trigger waited until I had somewhere in the range of 150 knives and not at 50 or 15, but now, no matter how much I like looking at some new knife or variant of a pattern, I just don't feel any desire to add yet another one.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2019
  20. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    My favorite knives to carry regularly are about 3 5/8” closed, on the thinner side, with at least two blades; three is better.

    When it comes to collecting, all bets are off...
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