Last updated 11/23/2021

Welcome Everyone

Welcome to David's Blades, a private collection of knives and resources. I sincerely hope you enjoy your time here.

Greetings everyone, thank you very much for stopping by to view David's Blades. I hope you will enjoy my gallery of knives and find all the other resources and information useful. There will be new pages added about various subjects like taking care of your knives, knife shows around the country and even some out of the way antique shops you might want to visit. Please feel free to send me any comments or questions you may have and I will certainly get back to you at my earliest opportunity.

*NOTE: The knives displayed here are for viewing enjoyment and discussion only.  NO KNIVES ARE FOR SALE OR TRADE ON THIS WEBSITE.  One day they will all go to my children and grandchildren.
Welcome Everyone

About Me

About Me
Hello friends, my name is David and it's my personal pleasure to welcome you to my website displaying my collection of knives.  I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and joined the United States Navy after high school.  I enjoyed a great career as an air traffic controller, airport and airspace administrator, retiring as a Navy Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller. In 2016 I retired again, from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board.  

I’ve always carried a pocket knife, but I've been an amateur collector of knives now since 2002. I thought it would be fun to share my collection with as many of you as possible. At present I have just over 925 knives in my collection, but it's doubtful that all of them will be uploaded into the gallery. I'm not a professional, I'm not an expert, and I'm not a historical authority on knives, I like to say I'm preserving knife history. It's my retirement hobby and I still have a lot more knives to find and preserve.

Be sure to check back on a regular basis for anything new in the gallery.

A SPECIAL DEDICATION: To the countless number of skilled craftsmen, artisans and many entrepreneurs of the past and present, that have staked their fortunes and reputations, striving to create better quality knives for just the right task, we thank you.  We thank you and honor you with collections and sites such as this to hallmark your creative work and designs.

Why I collect knives

Why I collect knives
Here is my personal philosophy for collecting:
Build your collection around three principles; time, space and money.

Time: I'm retired so I have as much time to spend on collecting as I want. There is the time spent finding, researching, cleaning, documenting, displaying and/or storing. As a collector I’m also preserving a piece of time. A time when that particular knife was created by an individual or company from today, or many years ago. I’m preserving the skills and artistry of the knife maker that went into creating that particular knife. I’m preserving a piece of history.

Space: How do I want to display or store my knife collection?  This can be a limiting factor in the size of or type of knives you collect.  Also it will be another expense for shelves, display cabinets etc., unless you just plan on putting them in boxes in the back of a closet.

Money: Of course this is the most important detail in your collecting. Most of us don’t have an unending source of money to support our collecting habit, therefore I believe it is very important to exercise good judgement in your purchasing choices. You can’t buy every knife out there that you like, although many of us have tried. Don’t spend the rent money on a knife just because it’s there and you want it. Research and have several sources to find the knives for your collection.

And finally, remember that collections of any items are not born overnight, but over time. Learn about the many different types/styles of knives; be prudent in your knife purchases and most importantly have fun and enjoy your collection.

Tips for new collector's


If you don’t want to be disappointed, know what you’re buying and only buy what you can afford.  The only way to ensure this, is doing your homework first on the knives you are wanting to collect.  I recommend that you talk to other collectors; buy some knife books or magazines on the subject of knife collecting and do some online research.  Always shop around and take your time.  Bottom line, do your homework first and then make your purchases. 

The value of knives will fluctuate like any other product.  While some brands are considered a better quality and will hold their value better than others, no one can guarantee that a knife will go up in value over time.  This is why it is paramount to buy knives you like and not what you think will make you rich someday.   

Just about every knife is made in “limited” runs.  Being part of a limited run in most cases is not going to make the knife more valuable.  A knife marketed as a “Collector’s Edition” could also be mass produced.  In most cases it’s a marketing ploy to increase sales and will most likely not go up in value.  A “vintage” or "antique" knife can also be a piece of junk.  Buy it because you like it, it’s different or you think it will be a good addition to your collection.  If the deal is too good to be true, treat it that way.  No one is going to knowingly sell a quality knife for a couple of dollars.  Know what you’re purchasing first. 

A great place to find older knives is estate sales, but don’t expect a great deal all the time.  Many estate sales are run by brokers who oversee the sale for a commission of the sales, so of course they’re trying to get the best price they can.  Other places can be garage/yard sales, flea markets or antique malls/stores.  I’ve found some great deals in pawn shops and they will deal with you, so long as the shop can make a profit.  Remember though, you can’t own every knife you see, so don’t even try, you’ll go broke and regret many of your purchases. 

This next statement will make some collectors mad, but just because it says U.S.A. on it doesn’t mean it’s the best quality made or it’s a collector’s knife.  Some American companies and individuals can and have made some very poor quality knives.  Some of the companies or individuals in other countries produce some of the best knives on the world market.  You'll find excellent knives from England, Germany, Japan and yes even from China.  As a collector, is your collection strictly “Made in the USA” or does it include knives from around the world and different time periods?  Do your homework, be patient, search and above all have some fun.



What Condition Is My Folding Knife In


I started collecting knives over 18 years ago as of this writing and I like to think that my collecting, research, and just general knowledge of knives that I’ve gained is worth something in judging the condition of a knife.  All along I’ve tried to learn the value of knives, depending on their brand name, condition, style, and current market demands.  But the one thing I never knew was how to judge a knife to be in Mint, Near-Mint, or Excellent to just Good according to the current charts.

There were charts out there that described each category, but for some reason I just couldn’t understand and make the distinction between some of the categories. Some may have used the same category names, but their requirements and descriptors were very different from one chart to another.

So, I’ve been looking all over for different grading scales, studying the wording, the knife conditions that are being considered, what is acceptable and what’s not in each category.  Grading charts vary from the number of categories, their names and the descriptors that are used for saying, an Excellent or Near-Mint.  So, I read and study as many charts and articles as I could, taking the best of what I saw as the most appropriate descriptors.  I even contacted auction houses, no help because very few of them can agree.

In the chart that I developed I take what I considered the best of the best and developed some of my own condition requirements.  I use some different words to describe it’s condition like, shall, must be, will not.  Example: “Any handle inlays and shields shall be in factory condition.”

Some grading charts even have separate grading standards for NEW or USED knives, I don’t.  To me an item is new only once and when it’s removed from its packaging, it’s used.  Like when you drive a new car off the lot, it’s now used.  I’m strictly looking at the condition of the knife and nothing else.

I have no illusion that my chart will become any kind of standard or used by anyone else, but I’m military with a legalistic background so I need everything spelled out exactly.  The chart below is what I finally came up with and is what I will be using on my personal collection or when someone asks me to clean, sharpen or grade their knife.



1.  Knives in this category are still factory new. Never sharpened and never used.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  All blades shall still have the original factory polished finish, no scratches, rust, pitting or tarnish.

     b.  All tang markings shall be clearly readable without signs of wear.

     c.  Blade etchings by the manufacturer, shall still be in factory condition without signs of wear.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  Must still have the original factory finish with absolutely no scratches, rust, pitting or tarnish.

     b.  Etchings or other embellishments shall be in original factory condition.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Handles shall be original factory material with no evidence of wear, chips, cracks, scratches, defects or color fading.

     b.  Factory inlays, shields or decorative embellishments shall be in original condition without wear or damage.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs, liners, pins, and bails shall be in original factory condition without scratches, rust, pitting or tarnish.

NOTE:    A knife that has been cleaned or repaired in an effort to restore it to factory MINT condition shall only be graded as NEAR-MINT or lower depending on the category requirements and condition met.


1.  Knives in this category have no mechanically, cosmetic, or material defects. These knives are seldom used.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  All blades shall still have the original factory polished finish with some light honing is allowed, however there must be no noticeable blade material loss.

     b.  A very small amount of light scratches is acceptable, but no rust, pitting or tarnishing.

     c.  All tang markings must be clearly readable, but some very minor wear marks are acceptable.

     d.  Etchings or other embellishments shall still be in original factory condition with very small signs of wear.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  Must still have the original factory finish with very few scratches, but no gouges, rust, pitting or tarnishing.

     b.  Etchings shall be in original factory condition with very minor scratchers, but no gouges, rust, pitting or tarnishing.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Handle material may have minimal scratches or color fading, but no gouges, cracks, chips, or missing material.

     b.  Factory inlays, shields or decorative embellishments shall be in original condition with minor signs of wear.

     c.  Any handle material wear is barely noticeable.

     d.  No missing factory installed pins, screws, or bails.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs, liners, bails shall be in original factory condition with only minor signs of scratches, but no rust, pitting or tarnishing visible.


1.  Knives in this category are still in extremely good working condition and are frequently used as EDC knives.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  May have been sharpened, but still retain their original shape with no noticeable blade material loss.

     b.  Light scratches, small amounts of rust, tarnishing or pitting is visible.

     c.  Tang markings may be slightly worn but are still clearly readable.

     d.  Any factory etchings may be slightly worn but are still clearly readable.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  All bolsters shall still be intact with only light EDC scratches. Small amounts of rust, pitting or tarnishing is allowed.

     b.  Any etchings or embellishments are still clearly noticeable.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Some EDC scratches, a small chip or crack and some color fading on the handles is acceptable, but no pins/screws are missing.

     b.  Any inlays, shields or decorative embellishments should still be intact with only minor signs of wear.

     c.  A small amount of handle material wear is noticeable in certain areas on either side.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs, liners, and bails may have minor signs of scratches, rust, pitting or tarnishing visible.


1.  Knives that are in this category are usually well used but are still good working knives.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  Have been sharpened, but the blade may be slightly shorter or narrower than its original size.

     b. Blades may be harder or looser to open/close and may show signs of some rust, pitting or tarnishing, but  

         does not affect the use of the blade.

     c.  Tang markings are noticeably worn, but still readable.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  All bolsters shall be intact, some EDC scratches, rust, pitting or tarnishing and may be slightly dull or loose.

     b.  Any etchings or embellishments are still noticeable with some fading or wear.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Handle may have some scratches, small cracks, but no major chipping or loss of handle material.

     b.  Handle inlays or shields may show signs of wear or damage but are still present.

     c.  There may be signs of the scales starting to separate at some points from the liners/springs.

     d.  Some color fading or wear on the handle texture/pattern will be common, but no pin or screws are missing.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs and liners may have scratches, rust, or tarnishing present.

     b.  Camping/Utility knives might have damaged or missing bails.


1.  Knives in this category must still be useable working knives.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  Blades have been heavily sharpened, but no more than 1/3 to 1/2 blade material loss.

     b.  Still has all blades even though they may be worn or shortened and could have an edge or point chipped,  but still useable.

     c.  Blades may be much more difficult or even looser to open or close.

     d.  Rust and tarnishing may be present, and a blade may have moderate pitting.

     e.  You can still identify the maker by the tang stamp or shield even though there may be a lot of wear.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  Bolsters may have scratches, dents, rust or pitting with a dull surface appearance.

     b.  Any etchings or embellishments may or may not be visible due to wear or damage.

     c.  Bolster may be slightly loose.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Handle inlays or shields may be missing.

     b.  Some scratches, cracks, or chips on edges or near pins, is likely.

     c.  Scales are starting to separate at some points from the liners/springs.

     d.  Color fading and a significant amount of wear on the texture/pattern is to be expected, but no more than one pin/screw may be missing.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs and liners may have scratches or rust and show a lot of tarnishing.

     b.  Camping/Utility knives might have damaged, replaced, or missing bails.


1.  Knives in this category are questionable as to whether they should be used or not and to their safety.

2.  Blade(s):

     a.  Blade material loss is over 50% of the original shape and size.

     b.  Blades may be very loose or difficult to open/close. They are usually much shorter, or one blade may be broken or missing.

     c.  Blade chips or deep scratches may be visible and may affect the blades use.

     d.  Some blades could have heavy rust, pitting and tarnishing.

     e.  Tang marks are barely readable if at all.

3.  Bolsters:

     a.  Bolsters are dull, heavily worn, damaged or even missing.

4.  Handle(s):

     a.  Handles may show heavy wear, deep scratches, chips, or missing pins.

     b.  Any inlays or shields may be heavily worn, damaged or missing.

     c.  Handle material is well worn from EDC and a scale may be missing.

5.  Other Items:

     a.  Springs, liners, pins, or any other items may be damaged or missing.


Any knife worse than poor and no longer useable or even safe to use because of its condition.  These knives are usually missing one or more parts and are worthless except for any salvageable part(s).

WARNING:   Avoid possible personal injury and DO NOT use any pocket knife in this condition.



There has been a debate for years on what these terms should represent.  They mean different things to people in a wide variety of items that dealers sell, from cars to old six-shooters or fine art to bottle caps.  In the strictest sense, the difference between an antique and a vintage item is its age.  With Collectibles it’s not the age, but the desire or the demand.

I’ve spent a number of hours reading and researching this subject, and it’s clear to see that not everyone is going to agree on how these terms should be defined.  I’ve taken from what seems to be the majority opinion and what makes good sense to me and written the following terms and descriptions.  I’ll call them the:

Roberts Guidelines and Definitions for Antiques, Vintage, & Collectables


First lets look at the definition of an Antique?  This would be an object of considerable age that is valued for its artistic or historical implications.  To most antique dealers, the term “antique” is applied to items that are more than 100 years old from todays date. 

As defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

     1:     a relic or object of ancient times

     2 a:  a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period  

             and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago

     b:     a manufactured product (such as an automobile) from an earlier period

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s publication on Works of Art, Collector’s Pieces, Antiques, and Other Cultural Property:  “In order to qualify as an antique for CBP purposes, the article must be over 100 years of age at the time of importation.”

Therefore it is a commonly accepted standard that an object must be OVER 100 years old in order to be classified as an antique.  Condition of an object has nothing to do with classifying an object as an antique.  However condition and the rarity of an item will greatly play a part in determining the items value. 


Now lets look at a badly misused term, “Vintage.”  The word literally means "of age" and was originally applied in the early 15th century to the age of a bottle of wine.  It was adapted from the Old French “vendage” (wine harvest) derived from the Latin “vindemia” (grape-gathering).  Today it has been so freely misused throughout the antique and collectables market that it is now considered a part of the accepted vernacular.  Most reputable dealers believe that it should only apply to items more than 40 years of age, but less than 100. 


Now we come to the term “Collectible.”  The term is used loosely to describe an object that is less than 100 years old, is in high demand, and therefore of value, sometimes more than the item’s original retail cost.  Some buyers incorrectly use the term collectible for an antique or vintage item.  You can have an antique item that is 110 years old, but if there is no market demand for it, it’s simply an antique. 

On the other side of that coin you can have an item that is any age and it is a valuable “collectible” because there is a high demand for it and collectors are willing to pay prices over the normal value.  In fact you could have a “collectible” item before it even hits the marketplace i.e. “Bennie Babies” or “Cabbage Patch Dolls.” 

Other Terms To Know

You will also hear of several other specific terms such as “retro” that is shortened from the words “retrograde” or “retroactive” which the original meaning references the past.  Most dealers typically apply the term retro to items that are at least 20 years old, but not yet 40.  People, like the “baby boom” generation believe this refers to the time period between 1950 to 1959 and items from that period.  

Retro items are not from the past, instead they are objects that imitate the styles of the recent past. We’re not referring to copies or fakes being sold as real items from that time period, but items which are representations to the past.  That Philco radio that looks like it came from the 1950’s, but was made in 2010.  New jackets that look like a high school letterman’s jacket, but you just bought it at J.C. Penney. 

You may also hear terms like “Repurposed.” An object that is being used or combined with another object for a new purpose.  Also you will hear “Repro” or “Repops” which refers to “Reproductions.”  They are copies of older items, not "fakes," because they are being sold as copies of much older things such as doorknobs, Coke products or cast iron toys.

Have you ever heard someone say something like “Antique dinosaur bone” or “Antique sword from ancient Rome?”  Well, they meet the over 100 years old rule, but that’s not correct, even antiques have an age limit.  Any item over 300 years old and is the remains or impressions of formerly living things are called fossils.  If the items were manmade, they are called antiquities or artifacts.


Simply labeling something as an “antique,” “vintage,” or “collectible,” doesn’t set a price range for the value of an item.  As in almost everything we buy, the value is determined more by whether there is a market or buyers demand for it.  When it comes to purchasing items on the antique or collectible market, the buyer should do a lot of research on the items they are planning to collect before handing over a bundle of money and suffering a lot of disappointing purchases. 

So, when you compare antiques to vintage or collectibles remember, antiques stand the test of time.  Their value is more likely to remain stable.  So called vintage or collectibles, however are priced more on the current demand of the market and their long term value is highly speculative.  Be sure to exercise much more caution when investing in a vintage or collectible items as opposed to antiques.

Historical Knife Facts

Articles, Facts & Photo's I've collected from various sources for your convenience.

Terms of Historical Knife Facts

The articles, stories, and photographs contained herein are provided in one location strictly for the readers information and convenience only. David's Blades assumes no responsible for the accuracy of the content from external sources.

History of the Pocket Knife

A timeline of major changes.

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Adolph Kastor & Camillus Cutlery Co.

A short history of the Kastor brothers.

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The History of Buck Knives

Here is a collection of website links covering the history of Buck Knives.

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The Demise of Belknap Hardware Co.

The Closing of Belknap: A Tragedy of Errors

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One of the most infamous knives ever developed.

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Boker at 140

Boker Celebrates 140 Years.

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Case Brothers Cutlery Co.

Case chronology from 1881 to 1993

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The History of CASE Knives

Here is a collection of website links for the story of CASE knives and to a library of the latest CASE tang stamps and patterns.

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History of the Robeson Cutlery Company

Great website to learn about the history of Robeson Cutlery

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Revolutionary War Journal

Colonial Pocket & Folding Knives – History of the Barlow Knife

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Simmons Hardware Company

Enjoy a brief history of Simmons Hardware.

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The Shapleigh Hardware Company

Learn the company's history and it's founder Augustus F. Shapleigh

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Walden Knife Co.

Read from old memo's

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Historic Marker WALDEN KNIFE CO

Read some very good History about the Walden Knife Co.

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The History of the Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company

Compiled by Jim Escher From the Archives of The Winchester; Keen Kutter; Diamond Edge Chronicles; The Official Publication of The Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub

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PAL Blade Company

The information below was taken from the February 3, 1941 Holyoke Transcript-Telegram

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Red Devil Tools

The putty knife that wanted to be a real knife.

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Will They Make It Beneficial?

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Ulster Knife Co. Inc.

Enjoy some Ulster pictures and then follow the link to some copies of old Ulster knife catalog pages and prices from 1959 - 1962.

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Where to look for those knives

This next section is a listing of Antique stores, trade days, flea markets, etc. that my wife and I have enjoyed and they are our favorites to visit again.  Collectors don't forget pawn shops.  Asked for their bucket of old knives, they will know what you mean and if you are lucky like I have been you'll find that little jewel of a knife in there.  

I will only list those places we believe to be 4 or 5 star ratings, but that doesn't mean you should pass on any other known antique stores.  Our ratings are based on our impressions of the location, parking, size, inventory, presentation of booths and the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.  Prices are not considered in our ratings because in this secondary market they are too subjective both by the seller and buyer, and price can vary greatly by regions of the country.  Public reviews/ratings on Google Maps, TripAdvisor, Facebook and other sources are also considered.  

Now of course I'm looking for knives, but my wife is looking for all kinds of other antique items for displaying around our house.  So no matter what your collecting or looking for, hopefully this section will help you and if you're ever in any of these cities, take a few minutes and check out the places we've listed.  You just might find that special knife for your collection or that one missing item you've been looking for. 

My Favorite Places to Shop

Not listed in any specific order

LoneStar Antiques:

There is no question, LoneStar Antiques is the #1 antique mall in the North Texas Mid-Cities area. It features 60,000 square feet and over 200+ vendors and includes a lunch style cafe and tea room. For years my wife and I have shopped here and there are several vendors with an excellent selection of knives. The inventory is endless, easy to navigate the store and well displayed. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. Check them out at:
LoneStar Antiques


Oct. 25, 2021: Temporary closed due to weather damage. St. Mary's Antique Mall in St. Mary, MO. is hands down my favorite mall to shop when I'm in this area. It's a day trip because it's about 70 miles south of St. Louis and is located between I-55 and the Mississippi River. I have spent all day in this 77,000 square foot mall with 450 display booths and 225 showcases. I have found several knives here and I won't tell you how many things my wife has found. If it's not here, you aren't going to find it. Rated at 4.3 and 4.5 stars on other websites, I disagree and give them a big 5.0. And when you're done shopping, there are some good restaurants located nearby. Look'em up at:


About 4.5 miles north of Interstate 44 in Joplin, MO. is a great place to spend an hour or two, the Rangeline Antique Mall. Rated as a 4.5 on Google Maps and 4.8 with FaceBook fans, I would agree based on the store's size, huge variety of the inventory, organization and the friendliness of the staff. A couple of ladies were very helpful and I found several folding knives there during my second visit in May 2019. I will continue to stop by every time I'm traveling I-44. Website:


There are many good antique stores off Interstate 44 and here is one my wife and I enjoy every time we can. Located in Lebanon, MO. on the south side of I-44 you have to drive around on a couple of streets to get to them, but it's well worth the effort. With over 400 booths, countless showcases and excellent hours of 8 AM to 8 PM 7 days a week, it's almost certain that you will find just what you are looking for at this great antique mall. Plus on one end of the building you have the Russell Stover Candies store. Everyone will enjoy their time here. Visit them at their website:

Shepherd Hills Cutlery - Case:

Although this is not an antique store, they are premier locations to find and purchase knives. Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets are located in Lebanon, MO., Branson, MO., Osage Beach, MO., and Eddyville, KY. featuring brand-name pottery, cutlery, home décor & glassware retailers. I have been to the one in Lebanon off I-44 west and the one in Branson. You'll find knives by Buck, Case, Chicago Cutlery, selections of Swiss Army and several others. I always enjoy shopping at any Shepherd Hills location, because there is so much variety in knife styles, size, and selections. The sales associates are always friendly and willing to spend time with you in order to make sure you find the knife you want. If you haven't been to any of their locations, you've missed a real treat.
Shepherd Hills Cutlery - Case


Off of I-40 in North Little Rock, AR is a tucked away jewel, the Twin City Antique Mall. I've stopped in here twice now and both times I've found a vintage knife and my wife has found some of her forest green glassware. It's a mid-size store, but with a huge selection of antique and vintage items. If your in the area be sure to stop in. Email:



Located on state highway 67 in Farmington, MO is a place that is absolutely fun to visit, Forever Antiques. They have everything from wash tubs to wagon wheels. Your shopping starts on the outside of the store with all kinds of unique items in front of what looks to me like an old western storefront. When you get inside you will be amazed at all you see and then when you believe you've seen it all, there is a 2nd floor. @foreverantiques on Facebook.


The Antique Gallery & The Antique Experience:

In Denton, TX co-located in Stonehill Center is two very fine antique stores that are well worth your time. To me The Antique Gallery is more of an upscale store in it's inventory, displays and age of products you find here. In The Antique Experience I think you find older items as in furniture, jewelry, knives and other showcase items. Both stores are well managed, clean, very organized displays all in 22,000 square feet loaded with beautiful booths and showcases. Check them out at: or
The Antique Gallery & The Antique Experience


Located on the eastbound side of I-44 in Tulsa, OK and easy access is the I-44 Antique Mall. This 9,000 square foot store with 50 vendors is packed with everything from fine china and porcelain to collectable bottle caps or baseball cards. I have found a collectable pocket knife every time I have stopped in. Take time and enjoy looking for whatever you collect or what you need to decorate with and the staff will assist you with any need.

First Monday Trade Days:

In Canton, TX is possible the largest and oldest flea market/trade days in North America. Beginning on the courthouse square in the 1850's the First Monday Trade Days now operates on over 100 acres and supports more than 6,000 vendors. There is indoor and outdoor booths, permanent and temporary vendors. You can spend two days going through all the buildings and displays and a lot of people do and they park in the adjoining RV park or local hotels. Knife collectors if you don't find a new or vintage knife for your collection here I don't know what to tell you. There is something for everyone of all ages at First Monday Trade Days. Check them out at: or
First Monday Trade Days


Located off I-30 in Bryant, AR is Antiques & Uniques and you will find something for everyone in this great antique store. You wish every store had the variety that is found here. I have spent several hours in here and found a number of knives for my collection. It has a great staff and the store is organized very well. Look'em up on facebook at:


Located on state highway 67 in Farmington, MO is Antique Treasures and if you don't find your treasure in here, you're not looking hard enough. With 52,000 square feet, 265 display booths and 110 showcases you will find anything and everything from fine glassware to furniture in 2 galleries. My wife and I can't go through Farmington without stopping here and I have found about 8 or 10 knives for my collection here. They have earned a 5 star rating on several sites and I agree. It's a must for any serious antique shopper. Visit them also at: or

Memories N' Treasures Antique Mall:

Located in the heart of Keller, TX just one block off Main St. (Hwy 377) is a small place that I have been going to for years. Here is another store where your shopping starts before you even get inside. Once inside you will find everything you could collect, but first enjoy the coffee and home baked cookies. For us knife collections one of my friends has a booth here and is always coming across new and vintage knives to sale. Stop in or take a look at their antiques at: or Facebook:
Memories N' Treasures Antique Mall

Montgomery Street Antique Mall:

Just off I-30 westbound near the Fort Worth, TX cultural district is Montgomery Street Antique Mall and 60,000 square feet of fun. We love going here when we are in the area and with their Secret Garden Restaurant you can spend all day here. As Fort Worth's premiere antique mall it has some of the best selections I have ever seen. I have found many knives here along with great items used to display them. If you are a serious collector or someone just looking for that one special item I'll bet you can find it here.
Montgomery Street Antique Mall

Cooper Street Antique Mall:

Located south of I-20 in Arlington, TX is Cooper Street Antique Mall with 53,000 square feet of treasures and a tea room. You can find everything from tin cups to beautiful antique furniture. Reviews on other sites are great, they can't wait to go back again. Be sure to give yourself several hours in order to really enjoy the great items you will find here.
Cooper Street Antique Mall

Third Monday Trade Days:

Located on SH-380 in McKinney, TX is Third Monday Trade Days. This medium size market makes up for size with a wide variety of vendors and it's just a fun place with great people. If you take your time going through all the booths it will take about 3 hours, but they will be well spent. Knife collectors every time I've been here there I've seen lots of knives and vendors that are willing to deal. Take a look at:
Third Monday Trade Days

Recommended Reading

These are books that will be helpful to the new collector or even the long time professional.

Folding Knives, Starting Your Collection:By David L Roberts

"If you're new to knife collecting this is the book to start with. Written with the new collector in mind, this book will provide you with some basic knife information, history of the folding knife and things to consider as you start your collection. As you read it enjoy some pictures from my own collection."

Folding Knives, Starting Your Collection

The Cutting Edge: Man's Most Important Invention:By David L Roberts

Enjoy beautiful pictures of hundreds of fixed and folding blade knives. A great addition to any book or knife collection or as a center piece for your coffee table or office desk.

The Cutting Edge: Man's Most Important Invention

Levine's Guide to Knives & Their Values, 5th Edition:Bernard Levine

"Long regarded as the bible for knife collectors, this new, expanded edition provides everything one needs to know to successfully collect knives. Knife collecting is a rapidly growing international activity where "finds" are still plentiful. The author is regarded by many as the leading full-time writer on knives and cutlery. He has refined and corrected information, as appropriate, on brands, models and overall cutlery history, while providing fully updated prices."

Levine's Guide to Knives & Their Values, 5th Edition

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company:By Shirley Boser and John Sullivan, Foreword by John R. Osborne Jr.

"Still handcrafted in Bradford, Case knives are the most collected knives in the world. W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company contains photographs of Russ Case and his family, the factory, special knives, Case collector events, and even the Case car. Rare finds from the Case archives, employees, and family members help chronicle the company's incredible history."

At Arcadia Publishing
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company

Knife Repair & Restoration:By Adrian A. Harris

"A 92 page Paperback. Contains black and white photos and illustrations. This book is written as a guide to the repair and restoration of knives. The knowledge contained in this book comes from several years of hard work, trial and error. With a little practice and patience one can become very proficient in cutlery work. Although problems will be encountered in the repair of a knife, this book is designed to help answer many of the questions that may arise."

At Knife Magazine
Knife Repair & Restoration

Knives of the Hudson Valley:By Richard Langston

A look at the knives produced in New York’s Hudson River Valley from approximately 1840 to 2015. By the co-founder of the the Wawarsing Historical and Knife Museum, and author of The Collector’s Guide To Switchblade Knives. 46 full color pages.

At Knife Magazine
Knives of the Hudson Valley

Official Price Guide to Collector Knives 15th Edition:C. Houston Price & Mark D. Zalesky

"The Official Price Guide to Collector Knives is designed for all collectors, from novice to expert, and presents information about the hobby, its history, and value identifications. The 15th edition includes fully-updated prices, 50 pages of new listings, 100 new black-and-white photographs, and for the first time, an eight-page full-color insert."

Official Price Guide to Collector Knives 15th Edition


This book is the result of over 30 years of work by John and Charlotte Goin. This "Encyclopedia" is the compilation of all previous books and extensive research to produce one of the best collections of knife companies and markings you will find. This is a reference book that every serious collector must have in their library.


Old Knives, Xx, and More:By Tom McCandless

"Author Tom McCandless, a longtime knife collector, explores the history of Case knives from their beginning to 1920 in Old Knives, XX, and More. He also chronicles his own experiences as a collector in building knowledge, networking with dealers and vendors, and finding answers to questions of value and authentication. If you want to know more about collecting knives-including pattern numbers, handle materials, grading conditions, and pricing-this book is an essential resource."

Old Knives, Xx, and More

The Standard Knife Collector's Guide 6th Edition:Ron Stewart

"This book lists literally hundreds of manufacturers of cutlery from all over the world. The easy-to-use format allows the collector to become an expert in evaluating or appraising knives by using the RBR evaluation scales. There are overviews describing the histories of major knife companies, a section on commemoratives and limited editions, clubs and organizations, numbering systems, and a section on identifying knife patterns. This book is a must for the experienced as well as the new knife collector."

At Knife Magazine
The Standard Knife Collector's Guide 6th Edition

Knives Digest 1:By Ken Warner & Bruce Voyles

Ken Warner and J. Bruce Voyles between them have edited or written over 50 books on knives and guns, edited over 400 issues of magazines, and have also claimed the highest awards within the cutlery industry. Both are Cutlery Hall of Fame members, both have received the Don Hastings Award from the American Bladesmith's Society and the Nate Posner Award from the Knifemakers Guild. These two awards are the highest awards given by those two leading organizations.

At Knife Magazine
Knives Digest 1

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