Looking over my collection, it occured to me that there were certain knives that helped form the foundation of what knives I collect and who I am and hope to become as a collector.
Here's mine, i'd love to see and hear about others.
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Top knife was my first. Grandpa gave it to me when I was 7. It spent many years going from one tacklebox to the next, but no doubt was the basis of all knives to follow.
Next down was my first higher quality knife. It's still an Imperial, but opened my eyes to seeking out the better built knives in my collection.
Third down was the first and for many years my only auto. If you can imagine a 12 yr. old with one of these in his hands for the first time. I'm still amazed I didn't wear the spring out in the first couple of days.
Last, but not least, is the first ever gifted to me by a forum member and one that has taught me the newest and most important lesson yet. The one that there is a basic generous nature in this hobby. Not just materially, but in the support, shared wisdom and knowledge that so many collectors offer freely everyday. It's the cornerstone that I hope build off of, as to WHO I am as a collector in the future.