Hi all. I finally joined this group a month ago after lurking in the shadows for a while reading the forum posts. I'm not a collector or dealer but have owned and used knives nearly every day for 70 years and have the scars to prove it. I didn't intentionally intend to accumulate a pile of knives, but for some reason more than 100 have shown up on my work benches, in my tool boxes, in my pockets and everywhere that knives like to live. I know that some of you buy and sell more than 100 knives before breakfast some days, but most of mine have a story to tell and a personal attachment to me. I go by the name "Wonderboy" because there are so many knife questions that I am wondering about, and I will ask some of them and post pictures as I think of them.
My first knife was an old Remington R4603 with all 3 blades broken off that my grandad gave me at age 5. He had used it to ream out his smoking pipe. There followed an assortment of dime store knives until about the mid 1950's when my brother and I started carrying Case stockman pattern knives for general ranch work. Hunting season usually found a Western fixed blade hung on our belts. From there the accumulation grew to include a couple dozen fixed blades, a dozen locking folders, a dozen that I've built from scratch and from kits, and a pile of what you call slip-joints in various shapes and sizes. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from you guys and having my questions answered.