Agree on the eBay and research thing. I don’t give opinions anymore personally, not that I’m any kind of exert at all, but I know a little bit about a couple of brands and patterns as most of us do.
Case in point #1: A friend of mine in another part of the country inherited a large number of knives when his dad passed. The father had been a big time collector and trader and had some VERY nice knives, a lot of old HOK’s, and some junk as most of us who “collect” tend to have. My friend kept some very nice knives, and some sentimental ones too, but wanted to move the rest. He sent me pictures, I looked around the internet and eBay, and gave him a realistic range of value for each knife and why. He was pleased, sold some knives and made money. For my efforts he gave me choice of a knife from a group he knew I liked, and I ended up buying two more from him. He was happy, I was grateful, and everyone left the deal pleased.
Case in point #2: On more than one occasion I’ve helped folks with brands or patterns I know, received a thank you, and when I inquired about buying the knife was told in essence it was going to eBay and they hoped I won it. That kind of struck me the wrong way. So after getting that response a time or two I just stopped for the most part.
If a guy is going to help you out, the least you can do IMO is show some appreciation shoot him a fair price before you go through the trouble of eBay. I may be off base, but that’s my opinion. YMMV
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