kootenay joe wrote:EBM, i think $110 is not correct for the new price. I just watched a youtube video from 2016 and the guy was reviewing the Texas Whittler with wood handles (snakewood ?) and said price was $173.50. The Texas Cattle version would have been a similar price. It's a big knife, big blades = more steel, more time grinding & polishing = higher price. This was never a $110 knife because it probably cost about this amount to make.
The original dealer price for a Kingwood 98 Cattle Knife from Knives Ship Free was $145.10. https://www.knivesshipfree.com/great-ea ... ree-blade/
My observations of the various 98 patterns is that the wood handled variations sold the slowest and some dealers might still have them. The Campagna versions seem to be the mostly highly sought after. My recollection is that all of the bone and micarta versions sold out within a month (that was fast then), but now sellout times are measured in days if not hours or minutes. My observation is that unused bone 98's currently (December 2018) sell with at least a 20% premium over the original dealer prices. As mentioned earlier the Camp Knife 98 variation sells with at least a 50% premium and often double (100%) or more.
Here are a few of the original dealer prices I could find.
Micarta 98 Cattle original dealer price was ~ $140
Tidioute 98 Cattle jigged bone ~$145
Kingwood 98 Camp Knife ~ $170
Northfield 98 Camp Knife smooth white bone ~ $170
Northfield 98 Camp Knife antique bone with Cow shield ~ $170
Northfield 98 Cattle antique bone with Cow shield ~ $150
As I recall, the Whittler variation was priced comparably to the Cattle variation.