I’m 80 years old, and neither a manufacturer nor a specialist; but I have discovered a couple of things over the full years. Almost every boy in my neighborhood wanted a pocket knife. I wasn’t permitted to have one because my mom said I would grow up to be always a criminal. The summer after junior high I was hired on the construction crew building houses. That’s when my father offered me my first knife, a Schrade stockman. Schrade used great steel in the past.
My dad was a shop teacher and a professional woodworker. He taught me how to sharpen everything with an edge early. It was a long time before I purchased my second knife. The next, fourth, and third-kitchen knives came from K-Mart in the ’70s. They were one of the primary Japanese imports.
25 for the third. That third knife was created by Ichiro Hattori, who is an icon in Japan. The blade was a Model 109-Drop Point Hunter. You must see someone to appreciate it. It had been 440C with a sizable convex grind moving into one of the sharpest edges I have ever seen.
That knife remained with me 40 years before it was taken. I used to be heartbroken. I spent weeks looking for another and finally found two. I bought both and gave someone to my grandson. I used to be happy again even though they cost me big bucks once. You’re questioning why I’m providing a life background probably.
Everyone on this website is searching for answers. Some have the answers. This post has a few answers of value from a collector that had a lot of questions and continues to be looking for answers. If you own one blade, you are probably happy to have it. If you own three or more, you are suffering from a disease that there is absolutely no cure.
You have become an addict; and I can empathize with your plight easily. So, if you are into collecting I shall try to give you some valuable advice. Most of us started out looking for the perfect knife because we couldn’t afford to screw up financially. Then we discovered there is absolutely no perfect blade; and since there are umpteen thousand makers all around the world we started to panic. Your wallet is your dictator.
3. It was handmade and the ugliest blade I had developed ever seen. The thing right about it was the steel (some kind of spring steel and very flexible). It was a skinning knife with great patina. It was bought by me and began refining it. The sharpest knife I have seen pub none of them. Drew blood more than once.
- 14 months ago from Germany and Philippines
- 20% Jojoba Oil ( waxy essential oil that is nearly the same as oils produce by skin)
- 54 AN ALL NATURAL ANTIDOTE TO MATURING
- Long exposure to cold and cool winds
- Keep your skin layer softer, more nourished and elastic. Rosehip Oil is a highly recommended choice
- Skip the Toothpaste
Ended up giving it to a pal who was simply a fisherman. Wish I still experienced it. 3 you can have among the best skinners if guess what happens to consider and have time to revamp. I’ve found lots of knives in flea marketplaces and Goodwill (before they started offering the better ones on eBay).
What you look for are the old knives that were intensely used and made of good carbon steel. Most will demand some ongoing work after purchase; but it will be worth the effort. Look for rust and patina. Those are good signs. I told my grandson, “Never avoid a good rusty blade.” You can clean it up. 15. It was beautiful beyond perception. It had been also stolen by an acquaintance. Haven’t seen its add up to this day.
Now you have a lot of items that didn’t cost an arm and a calf. You will need to understand how to sharpen. It’s a good thing to learn. I also gather sharpeners (gemstone, steels, ceramic, rock, manufactured grit, paper/towel) both old and new all manual. That, too, is an illness.