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One Knife Can Lead to Collecting

Knife collecting is an alluring hobby that often starts at a young age. Many people may first get the urge to start collecting when they are young, after receiving a special knife as a gift or heirloom. As they grow older, some people may forget all about the knives and their particular value, while others only go deeper into the knife collecting world, educating themselves, diligently seeking special knives, and becoming serious knife enthusiasts. Whatever your involvement in knife collecting, there are many important considerations involved with the hobby.

Knife Collecting--The Basics

When you begin knife collecting, one of the first things to decide is what kind of knife will be your focus—if you choose to limit your knife collection to only a few types. Possible knife categories include factory knives, handmade knives, pocketknives, fixed blade knives, old knives, art knives, swords, and custom knives. Each of these types has its own unique appeal and there is a specialized set of knowledge involved.

As you begin to search for and buy knives for collection purposes, it is crucial that you adhere to your own preferences when making the decision because knife values fluctuate and buying according to what is “valuable” at any certain moment could leave you with a collection worth very little that you do not even like. Even if your knives do not end up being worth a significant sum of money, you still have the joy of passing along a loved collection to a relative or friend.

If you are unsure where to look for great knife deals, it is a good idea to check out flea markets and yard sales because people often sell knives that have no value to them without realizing that they may be rare or worth money. Estate sales and auctions are also good places to take advantage of the sale of entire collections, but knife shows will give you the greatest variety of knives and expertise. Remember, though, that it is important to be aware of the law regarding out-of-state knife purchase.

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