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What do you do with your knives that you no longer use?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by FlamingMoe, May 1, 2019.

  1. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    I’m ashamed to say how many knives I own. Let’s just say I’ve been collecting/accumulating knives for over 45 years so I have a substantial accumulation.

    As for knives that are worn? I don’t have any that are worn beyond usefulness.

    Knives gifted to me? They go into 1 of 2 categories. Junk that well meaning family and friends give me because I’m “the knife guy” are kept for sentimental reasons regardless of quality. The others get carried and used at some point like the rest.

    Specialty knives, like the over 100 year old folders get carried throughout the year but lightly. I carry anywhere from 3 to 6 knives at any given moment so they never are exposed to excessive use and wear.

    One of a kind and collectibles also get used like above with the exception being knives I bought to specifically resell at a later date. Those only get fingered, fondled and pictures taken for posting later.

    Custom knives get used like regular knives and again because of the quantity of knives they don’t see excessive wear as their use is distributed amongst all the knives.

    The last category are knives bought or acquired specifically as an EDC. These get carried till they begin to exhibit visible signs of a fair amount of use. These then get put into semi-retirement where they get pulled out on weekends or for an occasional use during the year.

    Here’s some examples of the condition my knives are in.

    Here’s a Rexford/ZT 0808 that was a gift from a friend here on BFC, I love this knife so much it finds itself into one of my pockets at least half the time. You can see the wear from use, the Ti handles are all scratched and scuffed from pocket detritus and the blade has sharpening marks and presents with about a 95% blade.


    This one’s far from ready for retirement, maybe in another 10-15 years. :)

    Here’s another, a well used Sebenza also far from being retired although the blade presents at about 85%. This knife is so well engineered and made it’ll probably never be retired, just passed on.

    The small Plain Jane 21 in the top right corner is my oldest Sebenza acquired 6 years ago.


    Here’s another example a mid 1800s Josef Sziraki sleeve board pearl lobster pattern. I carry this knife often throughout the year, usually when going out somewhere knice.


    Here’s a nearly 100 year old Graeff & Schmidt jack Knife I rescued from the trash. A lot of time cleaning and the end result is a knife that at nearly a century old is still a perfectly functional and carriable knife. Even thought the blades present at about 75% there’s still decades of use left in it.


    Last pic, here’s a custom Bud Nealy Aikuchi I bought from him at one of his first big shows back in the late 80s, early 90s. I’ve literally carried this knife as a backup to my pistol and as an EDC utility blade. Most of the blueing has worn off, I modified the bolster to allow me to orient the blade without looking. The sheath has been extensively modified to reduce weight and leave less of a print than the original.


    This knife is also far from retiring and even with 29 years of EDC the blade still can perform its function flawlessly.

    With all that said over the years I’ve gifted and given away many knives either directly or through GAEs. Fortunately I’ve been blessed with many friends here at BFC over the years and now have a substantial paddock of knives with sentimental value which will never leave my collection.

    I also keep many older Traditional knives as a historic reference for patterns you don’t typically see out there anymore.

    In answer to the storage question, I use everything from knife rolls and Plano tackle boxes to cigar boxes and jewelry boxes. You’d be amazed at how accommodating a woman’s jewelry armoire can be to an avid knife accumulator.

    Hope I answered some of your questions. My original answer was a smart aleck one that after reading the rest of the responses I reconsidered and decided on a legitimate reply.

    I agree with everything you said except the first paragraph.
    AntDog, evltcat, colin.p and 2 others like this.
  2. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I post in these threads about how I have several sorted out and need to sell them … but I hate posting sale threads honestly … so a handful have been gifted to some members I've been lucky enough to find friends in … or to a nephew that is about the only family member that really picked up hunting trapping or love of the outdoors ...

    and then again there is this sorted out bunch I need to list for sale sometime … scratching my head :confused:
  3. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Most of mine sit in their boxes waiting for me to buy a gold membership.
    4mer_FMF likes this.
  4. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Well what’re ya waitin’ for? ;):)(~);-}
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  5. OddBlade


    Sep 6, 2015
    No difficult thought process involved. If I liked it enough, I keep it around in case I may want to use it again later or to pass it along to my boys. If I didn't like it all that much, I give it away or sell it.
  6. FlamingMoe

    FlamingMoe Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 26, 2019
    This was very expansive and thought out, and gave me a lot of insight into the mind of someone who's been in the hobby for many years. Thanks for the reply! :D
    Sharp & Fiery and T. Erdelyi like this.
  7. orangejoe35

    orangejoe35 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2016
    I've sold three knives. I don't like selling them. I have a hard time ascribing value to something I have no use for. I prefer to give them to friends, family, and strangers.
    T. Erdelyi likes this.
  8. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Use our Bladeforum Exchange with separate sales forums for fixed blades, folders, etc. Pay the $30 or so to upgrade to a Gold membership and have fun.
    I've bought and sold hundreds of knives here over the yrs.
  9. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Yeah, but I'm in Norway, and international shipping really isn't my favorite thing in the world.
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  10. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    throw one in the center console of the truck, one in the kitchen cabinet and one in the backpack. Non users make great backups! especially in the vehicle. I've forgot my edc numerous times rushing to work and it feels good to dust off the console "non user" knife here and there.
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  11. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    I don't have too many knives (the wife would beg to differ, but really, it's a very modest accumulation) and they all get used. I only have one that's not in current rotation due to a couple of problems. It was my EDC for a decade and it is very worn. Somehow, I can't get rid of it and I can't be arsed to get it repaired. So it's sitting in the box o' blades with all my other knives even though it likely will not see another day of use. I guess when I buy myself a knife, it gets used. During the time that I spend with it doing what one does with knives, I grow attached to it. Every time. So I keep them, even when they're plumb wore out. Just too many memories and good times that go with them to pitch them out and no one I know (except me) would want a knife I have beaten the snot out of anyway.
    When I make a gift of a knife to someone, they get a new knife. When a knife gets worn beyond usefulness, I still hold onto them for better or worse. The only knives I have owned that are no longer in my possession are the ones I have lost.
  12. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2019
    For a while I was just hoarding my non users in a shoe box in the garage. Now I’m starting to sell off the ones I don’t carry or keep as backups.
  13. chuck4570

    chuck4570 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I kind of pass some of them along, I have 8 grandkids ranging in age of 6 to 13 and I have a box for each of them that I keep tossing knives into, I try to match there personalities. Every once in a while I’ll get nostalgic and search those boxes and slip one into my pocket for a while then return it. At this point they all know what’s in their boxes so I just have to put it back or I’ll catch heck for it. One day they will each get their box but until then they are in my or their parents control. Plus I pass some along on the PIF (pay it forward) thread. Great way for you and other to try something dirrerent.
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  14. HCrum87hc

    HCrum87hc Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Sell it to fund another knife I will use.
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  15. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    If I stop using a knife I sell it. No point in having knives I don’t use and the sale can put funds toward a knife I will use. That’s why I only have three right now
    Deinos likes this.
  16. SmithSin


    May 14, 2019
    until rotation comes back around.
  17. JC972


    Mar 17, 2015
    Depends on how much I like it really. The cheap ones, most of the time I'll put a nice grabby edge on them and give them to other cops who don't carry knives or have lost/broke/loaned theirs out. If it's a nicer one I give them to my little brother or one of my kids. There are a few knives I have that aren't worth anything and I don't carry but have a story behind them that I don't plan to part with.
  18. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Thanks @ChazzyP my Boker snack pack-man purse arrived today. Only gave it a quick look over and stuffed 6 folders in there no problem. Overall I'm quite happy with it. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll probably buy another just like it.

    Pic to follow
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  19. Chad-S


    May 16, 2019
    if i like them, they get retired for memories sake! keep em forever!

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