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Best Brands to collect?

Post by FLgatorTX » Tue May 10, 2022 10:34 pm

I'm a newby here. I have a decent collection of Case knives. I'm thinking of branching out to other brands. What are the better brands to collect? By better I mean most universally collected, and recognized as a historically well-made knife.

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by jerryd6818 » Tue May 10, 2022 10:52 pm

In my opinion & if it were me & I could afford it, my choice would be GEC.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by robpa » Tue May 10, 2022 11:50 pm

The idea is getting enjoyment out of your efforts. %0 collectors will have 5o ideas. If going for investment or fututre profits you may go 1 diection, but if thats your driver, there are better ways to invest. I opt for Queen made which allows for about 40 different names. I just like em and they were made just down the road a piece. I do believe the most satisfaction is a cpollection rather than an assortment. I do snag a few others which catch my eye. A friend has bunches of knives and he loves em, I would be hard pressed to pick 10 Id take.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Froe » Wed May 11, 2022 12:31 am

I recommend that you simply collect what you like for a while. Try a few different manufacturers.Then you will start to get a feel for what you enjoy holding, using and are proud to own.
Personally, I enjoy some brands more than others and gravitate to them, but I don’t shy away from something that just appeals to me. Variety is fun too.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Wed May 11, 2022 12:57 am

A lot depends on whether your interests are limited to current (or recent) production knives, or knives from other eras. The time period from late 1800’s to WWII is generally referred to as the Golden Age of American cutlery. A time during which there were literally hundreds of cutleries in operation, many making and selling under their own brands, but also making private label knives for hardware distributors. During that time quality was a given - it was the ticket into the game and if you didn’t have it you didn’t stay in business long.

It’s a fascinating, wide collector focus having too many different options to list in a post, but this forum is filled with posts, pictures, and information about those companies and their knives. There are many sources for finding such knives, including but certainly not limited to the AAPK stores here. Like you I started out collecting Case, then branched into other brands.

Probably as good an answer to your question as any can be found here https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/knife_forum/ in the index to AAPK content. Scrolling down through the Forum home page content will show you the more popular brands (the number of posts contained in each subject subforum gives some indication of the popularity).

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Whitneyrifle » Wed May 11, 2022 1:56 am

Simple answer (not), what makes you happy? Some people go by style and feel. Other people go by usefulness. Some, aesthetics is more important.
For myself, nostalgia in a very narrow focus. When I was a kid in the 1989’s, my Dad was a police officer. He confiscated a Ka-bar dog head hunter. He ga e me 5hat knife, I loved it and used it till it broke on me. I swore I would get another, it took me a long time. When I did finally get it, I started collecting specifically Ka-bar one only Ka-bar, now I have expanded to Union Cut Co, Olcut, Keenwell, and Brown Bros. All predecessors to Ka-bar and the same family of knives.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by FLgatorTX » Wed May 11, 2022 12:43 pm

Helpful responses...BUT other than GEC, and K-Bar I didn't get specific brand names. As in the original post, what I enjoy collecting is historically collected and we'll made knives. So perhaps give me your personal top 3, and thanks.

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by ScoutKnives » Wed May 11, 2022 12:53 pm

If your talking vintage and of coarse condition is everything , my preferences are Remington , New York knife and Ulster all pre WWII .
These are very popular brands and hold great value when found in excellent or better condition . I would say these 3 brands 95% of the time had a blade etch unlike Case which rarely were etched pre WWII and much harder to counterfeit .
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by FLgatorTX » Wed May 11, 2022 4:51 pm

Yes, Mike, helps greatly.

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by kootenay joe » Wed May 11, 2022 5:39 pm

Robeson made top quality folding knives and a wide variety of patterns.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Froe » Thu May 12, 2022 12:55 am

If I’m forced to kiss and tell, then Challenge, Eye Brand (Schlieper) and Kershaw have always been among my favorites.
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Whitneyrifle » Thu May 12, 2022 1:43 am

If I must, Ka-bar (including Union Cut Co., Olean,Keenwell, etc) ,Imperial, and Case.

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by FLgatorTX » Thu May 12, 2022 1:48 am

Thanks a lot for the recommendations. I'll check these out and see what stands out to me.

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Duffer » Thu May 12, 2022 3:48 am

Schrade, Robeson and New York Knife
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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by msteele6 » Fri May 13, 2022 7:48 am

Keen Kutter/Winchester, Camillus, Schrade. In addition to Case. ::tu::

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by Case V42 » Fri May 13, 2022 3:15 pm

Pre-Fiskars Gerbers, USA made Bucks, and I'm really surprised no one listed Western.

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Post by philco » Fri May 13, 2022 3:52 pm

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Re: Best Brands to collect?

Post by RevolverGuy » Mon May 16, 2022 1:51 pm

I find some of the well known German brands are fun to collect and seem to have universal recognition. Boker, Henckels, Hen & Rooster.

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