My 2 cents worth, (true value). I'm looking at an old copy of a famous guide to values and on the page I see values as follows: $686, $54, $39, $42, and $108 for a variety of samples of a certain pattern.
Now I truly appreciate the work that went into all the "values" guides by all the good authors. I have used them and my copies are dog eared too. But I must agree with the comment that using them for pricing doesn't seem sensible. They are great identification guides and have wonderful company histories and give good info on the relative quality and rarity of knives. Numerical estimates just seem to be arbitrary and useless, (especially in the whacko world of on-line trading). Additionally, applying a set of percentage formulas to arrive at a possible
price. How many deals were studied and how much data went into determining a final average value of $42, or $686 ?
Maybe most seasoned collectors have an "experienced" sense of values for knives. We all probably still feel the sting of a bad deal in our learning days.
I know I do!
I hope the newer members of our hobby/obsession don't put too much faith in "book values". The true value is always the price agreed upon between a knowledgeable buyer and seller. JMHO.....