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Whenever I meet new people, the question eventually arises–”What do you do for work?”
My simple answer is, “I sell knives.”
It is amazing how often I get some kind of baffled silence as an answer. And then, maybe right away, if I am meeting an unusually forward person, I get a follow up question. “Like CUTCO?”
After chuckling politely, I then explain that I have a retail store called BladeOps.com where we sell military, hunting, camping and collectible knives. Normally this is enough for the person to properly categorize me and be on their merry way.
But when I tell people I collect knives as a hobby, I always get a much more puzzled reaction. “Why?” is a common response. Unless of course it is another aficionado–and then we launch into a delightful conversation about our favorite designers and the newest materials as well as what style is our favorite.
But to answer those who don’t collect knives. I collect knives because I like knives. The why behind the knife collecting hobby is much like the why behind any other collecting hobby. We begin to collect something that interests us. As we learn more about the interest, our search broadens before it narrows again. In the beginning, more is better. You find this often with new collectors. They begin to pick up every different kind of knife they can, adding to their collection willy-nilly. After a few months or years, they begin to specialize. And since the world of knives is so huge, so enormous, it only makes sense to specialize.
Perhaps they like a specific manufacturer and begin to collect as many of their pieces as possible. I know people who only buy Spyderco knives. Others I know will only buy a knife if it is a Pro-Tech. Other collectors begin to focus in on specific styles or patterns. There has to be several thousand Out the Front automatics on the market, and some guys will only buy OTF knives. Others specialize in fixed blade. Some go for historical knives with a story.
Wikipedia has some good insight into the whole idea of collecting. Under the entry, Psychology of Collecting, it reads, “When people think of collecting, they may put in mind expensive works of art or historical artifacts that are later sold to a museum or listed on ebay. But the truth is, for many people who amass collections, the value of their collection is not monetary, but emotionally valuable—and often not for sale. . . . Some collect for the thrill of the hunt. Collecting is much like a quest, a lifelong pursuit which can never be complete. . . . Motives are not mutually exclusive, different motives combine in each collector for a multitude of reasons.” This gives us a good start on the why we collect knives, but I think it doesn’t completely answer the question.
At least for me it doesn’t answer the question. I think most of us collect knives because we like them and the stories they tell. I have a an old Spyderfly B02TR butterfly trainer knife. It really isn’t “worth” that much as a collection piece. But to me, it represents the beginning of my collecting days. It was one of the first knives I added to my collection. And it is a discontinued model. Because of this, it is unlikely that I will ever part with it. I don’t use it very much–I’m really not very good with butterfly knives. But I like it and what it represents–so I hold on to it as part of my collection. I also have a very nice Brous Blades Coroner with the Zombie Finish. The knife isn’t one I would ever consider actually using, but I like it because it is so over the top. It’s very extremeness makes me like it. My family gives me a hard time when I go to Costco to do some shopping. I like big, I like extreme, I like over the top. Because of this, I like the Coroner–and so it maintains a spot in my collection.
I have several knives in my collection that I use all the time. I have a Boker Kalashnikov 73 that I carry several times a week. It cuts great. It is easy to maintain. And it is perfect as an EDC. Other knives I carry on a regular basis include my Pro-Tech TR 1.31 Tactical Response, a Pro-Tech Runt 5415, a Benchmade Volli, a Benchmade Mini Barrage, as well as my Microtech Ultratech. I like all of these knives for daily use and cherish them as part of my working collection. But I definitely have a couple of knives that don’t get used–they are more of an investment to me. These include a couple of very limited Microtech Marfione pieces, a couple of SHOT Show limited Benchmade knives from past shows I have attended, as well as a couple of very nice knives from Pro-Tech.
So you can see I collect knives for two reasons. First, I collect knives that I can use on a daily basis as the tools they were intended to be. Second, I collect a few knives because they are extremely rare or limited and represent an investment of sorts. As pieces of art, limited and rare knives maintain their value quite well.
So, tell me, why do you collect knives?
Doing an inventory last week and we found these sweet neck knives from Brous Blades that never made it into our inventory for some reason. So, in light of the fact we found 12 of them, I decided to review this knife. Brous Blades hit the knife market with a bang a couple years back and hasn’t stopped wowing his followers ever since. The very first knives of his that we carried were Silent Soldier neck knives.
After the first run of these popular neck knives sold out, he decided to make a few adjustments to the design and came out with the 2nd Generation of Silent Soldier neck knives. This V1 style features a Wharncliffe style blade along with two finger holes and an extended finger choil for your finger.
There are actually 7 different grips with which you can hold the Silent Soldier V1 knife. Built from one machined piece of D2 tool steel, this every day carry tool allows you to get nearly any cutting done as well as doubling as a formidable self defense tool. It comes in a kydex sheath with a belt clip, but if you remove the belt clip, you can attach the included black bead neck chain and carry it around your neck.
Built with the attention to detail you would expect from any Brous product, the handle has small patches of jimping right where you need them to get a nice, solid grip on the knife. It also has the Brous Blades name on the spine–which I think makes a really nice neck knife into a classy, really nice neck knife.
If you want a neck knife that will last for generations with proper care, get the Brous Blades Neck Knife. You can find all of our current stock here on our website.
Here is a nice video comparing the V1 from Generation 1 and Generation 2. The video depicts the satin finished version instead of the black finished version we have in stock–but the style is the same.
- Overall Length: 4.625″
- Blade Length: 2.33″
- Blade Thickness: .187″
- Blade: Steel: D2
- Blade Type: Wharncliffe Fixed Blade
- Sheath: Kydex
- Grind: V
- Weight: 1.4 oz.
The Benchmade Stryker knife series has been delighting knife lovers for quite some time. Now available in a mini format, the Benchmade 903 Mini AXIS Stryker features all the same great features in a smaller, more compact package.
When you order the 903, you get a knife built by one of the leading knife companies in the world. Benchmade has been producing classic, quality knives since 1988. The Stryker gives you a Black Class, tactical folder with the incredibly tough AXIS locking system.
Let’s start with the blade. The 903 features a drop point blade. You can pick it up with a plain edge or serrations. If you want, you can also get it with a BK black tactical coat. The 154CM stainless steel blade has a satin finish on the standard 903 model. The heat treatment gives you a 58-60 HRC blade that is built for heavy use in serious situations. The drop point blade gives you one of the most popular and recognizable blade shapes on the market today–and not without reason. The slow curved, unsharpened spine of the blade drops into contact with the rounded edge of the blade in a slightly lowered point tip. This shape gives it amazing tip strength as well as offering you maximum control of the blade edge as you make heavy cuts. It also gives you a large blade belly for maximum cuts on slicing strokes. Because of this ability to control the edge, this blade shape is extremely popular on combat knives. Although the broad tip doesn’t give you the piercing strength of a clip point or tanto point, the other advantages of this blade shape make it the best selling tactical blade shape.
The 154CM stainless steel is an American made premium grade stainless steel. First developed for tough industrial chores, it quickly became popular as a knife blade steel because of the all around qualities it affords. The 154CM gives you great corrosion resistance as well as good toughness and edge retention. The satin finish on the blade gives it a low luster sheen that will continue to look good for years to come. If you decide to go with the 903BK, the black BK1 coating gives you a matte black coating that adds excellent corrosion resistance to the blade. If you are worried about corrosive environment, or if you prefer a dark color to eliminate night glare, the BK is the finish for you. Otherwise, either the satin or the BK1 will give you a lifetime of good looking cutting satisfaction.
The blade opens smooth with the ambidextrous thumb studs. The blade, with a bit of practice, can also be opened by pulling the AXIS slide and snapping your wrist at the same time. When done correctly, you can get the blade open in a hurry with just one hand. Once open, the blade locks in that position with the nearly indestructible AXIS system. The AXIS® is a 100% ambidextrous design that includes a small, hardened steel bar which rides in a slot machined into both the steel liners on the knife. The bar extends out through both liners and handle scales. Positioned above the rear of the blade, it engages a ramped, tang portion on the blade when the blade is opened. Two omega springs, one on each liner, allow the locking bar to engage the tang. When engaged, the tang becomes wedged between the locking bar and a stop pin.
One of my favorite locking mechanisms in the world, the AXIS keeps the blade open and “locked” in that position until you pull the slide back towards the butt of the handle. This releases the blade and allows you to close it. The AXIS system also serves to provide a positive pressure that helps keep the blade closed when you want it that way.
The handle on the 903 consists of two, textured black G10 scales atop stainless steel liners. The handle is comfortably shaped and gives you all the control you could ask for. A thumb ramp right where the handle and blade meet on the spine gives you thumb a solid position for control cuts. A shallow, jimped finger groove gives your forefinger a comfortable control point as well.
The Benchmade 903 Mini AXIS Styker combines all the great things you love about a Benchmade knife into one serious tactical package. You get a tough blade, serious blade lock up with AXIS system, and a comfortable, grippy G10 handle that is going to withstand whatever environment you choose to operate in. If you are looking for a small to mid sized tactical folder, the Benchmade 903 series could be the perfect knife for you. Check out these Benchmade Knives and many more here on our website. Let my know what you think of your Stryker in the comment section below.
- Blade Length: 2.94″
- Blade Thickness: 0.104″
- Handle Thickness: 0.400″
- Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Weight: 2.84 oz.
- Pocket Clip: Reversible, Black, Tip-Up
- Lock Mechanism: AXIS
- Overall Length: 6.81″
- Closed Length: 3.87″
- Sheath Material: Sold Separately
- Class: Black