Types of Collectible Pocket Knives
The knife is one of the oldest known tools in mankind’s arsenal. Throughout history, knives have not only been essential for survival but have proven to be one of the cornerstones of civilization itself. Many civilizations have risen and fallen at the hand of the knife (and it’s very close relative the sword). From its earliest form, the knife was developed out of necessity, and its evolution may be traced through the paths of history and technology. With a history nearly as old as mankind itself, it’s no wonder why so many people have such a fascination with knives, especially when it comes to collecting pocket knives.this page
The first known knives were developed during the Stone Age. These knives were made of flint, which could easily be chipped and scaled to shape. Later forms of the flint knife were ground to their desired shape. The advancing of technology brought with it new materials for knife making, including bronze, copper, and the iron based materials from which most modern day knives are made of.
Mankind hold a special bond with the knife. Over the ages, knives have been adorned with ornate designs which added a touch of beauty and reflected pride in the skills of the knife maker. Even in modern times, the knife must not only of lasting performance and quality, but also have an appealing design and finish that gives the owner a sense of pride in ownership.
One of the most versatile styles of knives to come out of this long history is the folding knife, or pocket knife. Pocket knives are popular because they are compact and can be easily concealed, they often consist of multiple blades which provide more versatility, and their fold-away blades make them safer than straight blade knives when not in use. The pocket knife also holds a lot of nostalgia. Many a knife has been handed down from generation to generation. It is not uncommon to see knives handed down from father to son, then to grandson and on down the line. This nostalgia, coupled with the pocket knife’s versatility has made collecting pocket knives a fun and rewarding hobby for both young and old.
There are many different styles of pocket knife that you can add to your collection. The most basic pocket knives are probably the most nostalgic style, and they are the most readily available. These knives usually have between 2 and 4 blades, and are usually relatively compact in size. You can usually find these knives in the display cases at sporting good and hardware stores. Some of the better brands for these knives are W.R. Case, Schrade, and Kershaw. You can often times find good quality commemorative knives in this style as well. Harley Davidson and Winchester make some of the more desirable commemorative pocket knives. If you are thinking about collecting pocket knives, this is a good style to begin with as they are usually less expensive and easier to find.
As you get into the heavier grade knives, you will find that most only have a single blade and are somewhat larger. These knives are often referred to as folding knives (folders) as they are a bit larger than the traditional pocket knife, with their larger blade folding back into the handle when not in use. Many of these knives will have spring assisted opening, locking mechanisms, or other means to allow them to open quickly and stay open (or closed for that matter) during heavy use. These knives are usually intended for more rugged use such as hunting, sporting and even military use. Some varieties will come with carrying pouches and belt straps to keep them securely attached to their owner during periods of high activity.
Another popular variety of knife is the Swiss Army Knife. These knives are pocket sized knives and contain many different blades that allow for a variety of different uses. These knives contain anything from toothpicks to spoons and forks to screwdrivers, and there is even a model available with a built in USB flash drive (for all the knife wielding computer geeks out there). These knives are easy to find and can prove to be a lifesaver in a variety of situations. There are many different sizes and styles available, and the wide variety of designs and features makes this type of knife good for anyone collecting pocket knives.
The true nostalgia of the knife can still be found today from a variety of custom knife makers that make a wide variety of styles. From the earliest times, most knives were custom made, hand forged works of art. Although modern mass production techniques have made custom knives less common, there are still a few knife makers who prefer to hand forge their knives. These knives can be a bit pricey, but the craftsmanship employed in their creation makes them well worth the money. Many custom knife makers use advanced metal working and forging techniques that make these knives true works of art. Damascus Steel is a very common blend of metal used in the creation process. Modern day Damascus Steel is a combination of different grades of metal which, when combined together, form very sharp, high quality blades with wavy patterns in the metal. Other advanced metalworking techniques allow the knife smith to add vibrant colors to the materials without ever using an ounce of dye or paint. Many custom knives are even etched with intricate designs in the handle or even encrusted with jewels such as diamonds or emeralds. Even though many of these knives can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, if you are serious about collecting pocket knives, they are definitely worth the money.
There are almost an infinite number of styles available when considering collecting pocket knives. Whether you have been collecting for years or are just starting out, you are sure to find something new and interesting all the time. The rich history of the knife means that there will never be a shortage of good collectible knives anytime soon.