Blade's Guide to Knives & Their Values by Steve Shackleford

By Steve Shackleford

The world's so much complete roadmap to cutlery, Blade's advisor to Knives & Their Values comprises professional research, value determinations and lifetimes of study from the key specialists on vintage, custom/handmade, manufacturing facility, overseas, membership, commemorative, interval, and frontier knives, and all mainstream cutlery genres.

Expanded with new collector details, how-to tales, photos and different pictures, old historical past, classic and modern maker listings and extra, Blade's consultant to Knives & Their Values will give you within information, values and different tantalizing tidbits to maximise delight in your knife hobby.

  • Identify, date and appraise nearly any knife with up to date worth publications and millions of illustrations and descriptions.
  • Decipher the values of knives from some of the world’s maximum customized makers—living and dead—via the utterly overhauled and multiplied custom/handmade section.
  • Learn all approximately amassing knives: how you can grade, purchase and promote, and deal with knives; tips on how to realize fakes; discover the newest blade steels and deal with fabrics; construct and hold a suite; and a complete lot more!

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The knives could be purchased by the dozen, complete with an “antique” display case. Another gem was the No. 247-A etched “New Bedford Whale Mincer” on the blade—and would a blade lie? Most likely it originally was a dough or griddle scraper, but “Whale Mincer” sounds so much more historical! S. Mark 1 1918 LF&C knuckleduster trench knives (made in England), and Nazi daggers in assorted models, all conveniently in mint condition. Primitive Knives There are a number of old, primitive-looking fixed blades circulating in the collector marketplace.

The recent sharp increases in prices for antique pocket cutlery and antique bowie knives, as well as growing interest in presentation antique knives with engraving and World War II vintage handmade combat knives, has made clever counterfeiting profitable. The potential for sophisticated fraud is now very real. Caution and skepticism are essential, not just for beginners but for all of us. Indeed,collectors of recent and contemporary handmade knives must be increasingly cautious as well. Here, too, the potential for sophisticated fraud is growing every day.

Crucible changed all that on or about 2002 with the introduction of its CPM S30V stainless, which it created specifically for knife use. There are any number of other stainless steels used on knives, including the high-Rockwell ZDP-189 and others, some with harder stainless cores sandwiched between several layers of softer stainless materials. In recent years, with many American companies going to offshore production, particularly in China, a series of Chinese-made stainless steels with such alphabet-soup designations as 8Cr13MoV and 9Cr13CoMoV have begun appearing on factory knives.

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