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The International Blade Collectors Association Price Guide To Antique Knives

"Get updated prices on 40,000 knives, in six grades of condition, inside this complete guide to collecting pocketknives from 1800-1970. Grading, trends and history of more than 35 manufacturers included."

Paperback: 480 pages

Publisher: Krause Pubns Inc; 2 edition (January 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0873414136

ISBN-13: 978-0873414135

Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

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Since the collecting of antique knives (defined as those no longer in production and made before 1970) has developed in the last thirty some years, there have been many reference items published from the pioneer work of Robert L. Mays and others who reprinted original manufacturer's sales catalogs to those who have made detailed check lists of one or more long defunct products. One of the major criteria for collecting is that there must be enough surviving specimens to make a market. Thus, exceeding rare in numerical terms private brand and hardware wholesaler brands are not as highly desirable as the products of quality makers such as Remington, Winchester, and Case, who have made millions. Since knives were mostly bought to be used, not collected, the survival rate of these is high enough but not too high, especially in desirable condition. This book covers the field for the beginner but is still useful for those who collect other than the big three mentioned and want to know how to get started. It covers the history of manufacturers and the various brands they made. There are useful chapters on grading, on how to behave at knife shows, and how to spot fakes. The several editions of the work have stood the test of time. Specialists will need others. The listings herein are enough to get one started on a fascination hobby.

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