How To Grow & Manage Your Knife Collection | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #77
Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #77. If you're new here, welcome! Collecting knives is more than a hobby; it's a passion that reflects craftsmanship, artistry, and a deep appreciation for blades. Whether you're a "knife freak" (like myself) or just starting, building and managing a knife collection requires thoughtful consideration and organization. In this edition of The Shed Knives Blog, we'll be diving into the world of knife collecting, providing valuable insights on how to grow your collection and effectively manage your prized blades.
1. Understanding Your Preferences: Building a Theme
First, it's a good idea to take the time to understand your preferences and establish a theme for your collection. Some folks are drawn to folding knives, fixed blades, or specific blade materials. Having a theme adds coherence to your collection. Consider factors like historical significance, craftsmanship, or the purpose of the knives to guide your choices. As the owner of Shed Knives, I like bigger, tougher, and more solid blades in my personal collection.
2. Research and Education
Knives Featured: 2023 Shed Knives Skur
A well-informed collector is an empowered one.
Take a dive into the rich history of knives, different blade types, and the various materials used in knife making. Attend knife shows (like Blade Show), read books, and engage with online forums to expand your knowledge. Understanding the intricacies of knives will not only enhance your appreciation but also guide you in making informed purchasing decisions.
3. Quality Over Quantity: Investing in Craftsmanship
Knife Featured: 2023 Shed Knives Sheepsfoot
While it can be tempting to amass a large collection quickly, prioritize quality over quantity. Invest in well-crafted knives from reputable makers. Quality knives not only hold their value better but also provide a superior experience in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Personally, USA materials are a must. I make each blade entirely with 100% USA materials and 100% USA production to ensure top quality.
4. Diversify Your Collection: Explore Different Types of Knives
One for the field, one for the office.
A well-rounded collection includes a variety of knife types. Explore folding knives, fixed blades, tactical knives, chef's knives, and more. Diversifying your collection allows you to have knives for different purposes and occasions. It also allows you to appreciate the unique characteristics and craftsmanship associated with each type of knife.
5. Establish a Budget: Collecting Within Your Means
Knife collecting can be a truly expensive passion, and it's easy to get carried away. Set a realistic budget for your collection to avoid overspending. Establishing a budget not only keeps your finances in check but also encourages thoughtful decision-making when adding new knives to your collection. A budget can be created in a few ways:
- Add a specific amount of cash to your "knife fund." Example: $100/week.
- Schedule a time when you can buy your knives. Example: visiting your favorite knife stores/websites to buy twice a month.
- Keep a wish list. I like to say: "for every 1 knife I buy, I add 5 to my list"
- Stay flexible!
6. Network with Other Collectors: Joining the Community
Shed Knives is one of the few knife companies that has a variety of ways for you to engage with other knife enthusiasts. I have set up a variety of social media platforms (Youtube, Reddit, Instagram, etc.) for us knife enthusiasts to engage with each other and talk knives. I've included links at the bottom of this article to my current & active communities.
7. Proper Storage and Display: Showcasing Your Collection
Once you've grown your knife collection, proper storage and display become crucial. Invest in quality display cases or crates that not only protect your knives but also showcase them effectively. Consider factors like humidity control to prevent rust and deterioration. Regularly clean and maintain your knives to ensure they remain in pristine condition.
A few places to keep your knives;
- Tool chests (my personal favorite that I use)
- Pelican cases
- Ammo cans
- Glass cases
- Knife rolls
8. Documentation: Keeping a Record of Your Collection
Maintaining a detailed record of your knife collection is helpful for both organization and insurance purposes. Create a catalog that includes information such as the make, model, materials used, date of purchase, and any relevant details. This documentation not only helps you track your collection but also serves as a valuable resource for potential appraisals or sales.
All Shed Knives models are titled in an easy to remember title in the order of (year) 2023 (make) Shed Knives (model) Tuatara.
9. Stay Informed About Legalities: Know the Regulations
Before adding certain knives to your collection, be aware of local and state regulations regarding knife ownership. Some regions have restrictions on blade lengths, types of knives, or carrying concealed blades. Staying informed about legalities ensures that you build your collection responsibly and avoid any legal complications.
10. Maintain and Care for Your Collection: Longevity Matters
A well-maintained collection not only looks impressive but also retains its value over time. Regularly inspect and clean your knives, paying attention to any signs of rust or damage. Use the right lubricants for folding knives and store them in a dry environment. Make sure you keep carbon blades oiled, wood scales hydrated, and fixed blades clean. Taking care of your collection ensures that it remains a source of pride as your collection continues to grow.
Knife Featured: 2023 Shed Knives Atlas
Building and managing a knife collection is a journey that combines passion, knowledge, and a keen eye for craftsmanship. By understanding your preferences, investing in quality, diversifying your collection, and maintaining proper care, you can create a collection that reflects your unique taste and appreciation for the art of knives. Join the vibrant community of knife collectors, share your experiences, and I wish you the best in your journey of growing your knife collection.
To explore a wide range of high-quality knives, like the entire 2023 Shed Knives Collection, visit the Shed Knives website HERE. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next edition of The Shed Knives Blog.
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About The Author:
Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.
In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 1,000,000 people on Shed Knives platforms across the world through his work.
When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.
Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.
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