Knife collectors


happyfrog

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Hi

Anybody collects knives? Would like to start collecting, where is cheap and good ya? ;p

Thanks.
 

happyfrog

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erm.. survival knives, tactical knives... that sort?
 

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I got 3 katanas ( one long, one medium, one short)
1 twin katana (2 kanata in 1 scabbard.)
1 Spear, can detach into 4 pieces
1 Qing Dynasty Sword
1 Han Dynasty Sword
and my lastest collection is 雪饮狂刀。:)
 

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erm.. survival knives, tactical knives... that sort?
Peninsular Shopping Complex, think is 2nd floor or 3rd floor. A shop selling U.S Army surplus as well as U.S army knives types.

Got one more... i forgot the name.. it is along Middle Road towards Little India. Will let you know once i confirmed its address.
 

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I got 3 katanas ( one long, one medium, one short)
1 twin katana (2 kanata in 1 scabbard.)
1 Spear, can detach into 4 pieces
1 Qing Dynasty Sword
1 Han Dynasty Sword
and my lastest collection is 雪饮狂刀。:)
Err... are they practical?

Mine is an iaito.. for iaido ;)
 

kwttan

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I got 3 katanas ( one long, one medium, one short)
1 twin katana (2 kanata in 1 scabbard.)
1 Spear, can detach into 4 pieces
1 Qing Dynasty Sword
1 Han Dynasty Sword
and my lastest collection is 雪饮狂刀。:)

I only have:
1 long and 1 short Jap swords
1 Ming dynasty 上方宝剑
1 tribe (dunno what tribe) short knife
Plenty of 菜刀s
 

luna_sea83

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Pay Sheares Technologies a visit near Selegie road, wide collection of knives you are looking for, from army equipments to knives.
I got my current SOG Navy Seal knife from them too.
 

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Peninsular Shopping Complex, think is 2nd floor or 3rd floor. A shop selling U.S Army surplus as well as U.S army knives types.

Got one more... i forgot the name.. it is along Middle Road towards Little India. Will let you know once i confirmed its address.
Pay Sheares Technologies a visit near Selegie road, wide collection of knives you are looking for, from army equipments to knives.
I got my current SOG Navy Seal knife from them too.

Ah... YES.. luna_sea83 got the shop i was talking about :thumbsup:

They are good, i also recommend you to visit them.

Their website and address @ http://www.sheares.com/
 

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ed9119

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Hi

Anybody collects knives? Would like to start collecting, where is cheap and good ya? ;p

Thanks.
Sorry happyfrog...... cheap and good in knife-collecting are words that do not go together in the same sentence :)

However, there are PLENTY of value for money knives (and in knives there is NO shortcut..... you almost literally always get what you pay for) mostly machine made/finished .... unless you buy a keeper by chance in a flea market from an ignorant seller


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I know my comments on knife collecting will be biased..... but my serious advise is ......dont waste time collecting replicas (mostly near-zero performance and for display only)

But having said that I must say that Sheares and a couple of places do sell VERY GOOD practical camping/outdoor/tactical knives which are decently priced .... these are all meant to be USED..... not for collecting

i much prefer collecting small-batch quality knives ... ALOT more collectible value in them

Have a few West German Puma White Hunters
a dozen or so Buck folding pocket knives from the 60s
a couple of handmade Bowie's
a few handmade skinning/dressing knives (these are SCARY)
Knives with rare-wood, bone, horn handles
early Victorinox folders
even kitchen knives ; mostly 6 and 9 inchers (the GOOD ones)


U have to appreciate the art of knife-making and steel forging

Surprisingly, SOME China factories turn out VERY good knives too .... not cheap.

NOW, the art of knife-sharpening...... thats a different hobby altogether...... will make lens-cleaning look like kids-play LOL :)

p/s it aint the real thang if it aint full tang ..... so the saying goes among the serious knife buyers

pp/s I have the above only because I cant afford a REAL handcrafted japanese Wakizashi or tanto from the Edo period
 

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spree86

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Ah... YES.. luna_sea83 got the shop i was talking about :thumbsup:

They are good, i also recommend you to visit them.

Their website and address @ http://www.sheares.com/
Wow, the catalogues looks great, esp the one from SOG. What is the average price of one of these knives?
 

ed9119

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one thing about buying knives IF U DONT KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.... AT LEAST make sure its well-balanced

its almost NEVER a fluke if a knife is well-balanced ..... and IF the knife manufacturer/maker is concientious enough to produce a well-balanced knife...... they are ALSO likely too to be using better material

Take this as a VERY ROUGH advise because some knives are delibrately designed to be butt heavy (end of handle) or tip (business end of the knife) heavy due to different intended applications...

another advise..... WALK AWAY from well oiled knives in shops ...... that means usually its prone to rust and oxidization .... meaning cheap materials used ....... knives made with decent materials will not rust..... some tarnish maybe..... but not rust (unless of course its stainless steel which u should also walk away from).

Again this is just my personal opinion and practice ..... I could be well wrong
 

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ed does know his knives!
Wow... ed does knows his knives :thumbsup:

Hi ed, since you're interested in Japanese swords, maybe you will be interested in iaijutsu/iaido, the Japanese martial arts of drawing the sword ;) Btw, I am training in MJER iaijutsu/iaido.

I have a practical custom-made iaito from Japan, but it is sand-casted alloy and not the traditional forged iron.

The REAL Shinken cost at least more than 10k, while a historical antique ones cost even more... and needs to know the history of its owner whose name and the year was scripted into the tang inside the Tsuka. Legend has mentioned that some historical Jap swords are EVIL... once it is drawn, it must shed blood before sheathing it back else it will give bad omen to the sword owner :devil:

I have a friend whose father collected a very antique Daito which has a feel of so much EVIL energy.. that a visiting Buddhist monk advised him to let it go.. :sweat:

The Japanese swords is the world deadly weapon during the Medieval times. Under a good swordman, it can cut metal... as well as bullets too!!!

[youtube]pNiX_l-HEGM[/youtube]
 

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Wow... ed does knows his knives :thumbsup:

Hi ed, since you're interested in Japanese swords, maybe you will be interested in iaijutsu/iaido, the Japanese martial arts of drawing the sword ;) Btw, I am training in MJER iaijutsu/iaido.

I have a practical custom-made iaito from Japan, but it is sand-casted alloy and not the traditional forged iron.

The REAL Shinken cost at least more than 10k, while a historical antique ones cost even more... and needs to know the history of its owner whose name and the year was scripted into the tang inside the Tsuka. Legend has mentioned that some historical Jap swords are EVIL... once it is drawn, it must shed blood before sheathing it back else it will give bad omen to the sword owner :devil:

I have a friend whose father collected a very antique Daito which has a feel of so much EVIL energy.. that a visiting Buddhist monk advised him to let it go.. :sweat:

The Japanese swords is the world deadly weapon during the Medieval times. Under a good swordman, it can cut metal... as well as bullets too!!!

[youtube]pNiX_l-HEGM[/youtube]
:thumbsup:
 

ed9119

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the zen in Japanese sword culture is almost like Japanese tea culture which I am not stable enough spiritually to absorb...... so I have never stepped or ventured into that realm !

Kudos to you.......... heard about Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu ........ I admire the mental strength and focus it instills in practicioners ..... drawing and cutting in a single action is like poetry in motion

There is a 4th or 5th dan practioner who is an ang moh expat here in singapore actually


ok enuf knife talk from me..... back to photography

u guys enjoy yourselves
 

happyfrog

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thank you so much. :)

the catalog is really helpful.

also, ermm... do you know what should i do if i bring it for trips overseas? will they permit me to bring out and in of country and into another country?
 

luna_sea83

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You need to be aware when buying from shops, i believe they will record down your particulars when purchasing and submit it to the police.

Thats what they did when i got mines.
 

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thank you so much. :)

the catalog is really helpful.

also, ermm... do you know what should i do if i bring it for trips overseas? will they permit me to bring out and in of country and into another country?
I think shouldn't be a problem if you keep it in your main luggage to be checked in (not hand-carry).

I did that when i went to italy, uk, and spain... with a medium size swiss army knife.

but then hor, do not take my words for it as situations maybe different now especially after the radical terrorists' threats... :sweat:

Moreover, i remembered having to declare my weapons when i visited canada to train in the dojos there.
 

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