philw said:Some of those bidders have more money than sense. I hope the bottom falls out on the Schrade market then I would like to see what a $150 51OT is really worth. If find any more Schrades it will be at knife shows/flea markets/antique shops.
Codger_64 said:Guys, I am as guilty as anyone, more than some, of promoting the collectability of Schrade knives. I considered it long and hard before I posted my research here. I considered printing and selling the pattern rants. I considered not sharing what I have learned.
I've made it a habit of looking at the number of "guests" at the bottom when I sign on. Sometimes as many as eight or ten there. I see eBay sellers using my words, information so obscure that it had to come from reading what others and I have posted here.
No doubt, a small percentage of the millions of people who use eBay read the information posted here, but it is a significant number, or this forum would have been deleted when Schrade went down in flames, not renamed and grown to what you see today. A large part of the growth, both of information and posting members, is directly due to the friendliness and unselfishness of the people here. I like to think that our collective values reflect the "old timer" values we attribute to the Schrade company, Schrade knives, and the craftspersons who made them. Honesty, good value for the dollar, and a quality product.
I have studied the patterns and the prices of Schrade knives continuously since July of 2004, obviously not as long as many here, but long enough, and intensely enough to see trends, get a feel for who is buying what, and I buy what I want, generally at a price that I consider a bargain. Hopefully, the information I have freely shared on this forum has helped others to buy wisely, to increase their collections, or to be an informed seller able to honestly describe their knife. I don't feel bad at all for whatever role I have played in the escalation of prices, however insignificant. While Imperial Schrade is gone and never will be again, the surviving product (and that is a much larger stock than most imagine) deserves proper recognition and respect among collectors and users alike. If my research has helped spread the appreciation and therefore influenced the increase in market value of these knives, so be it.
All this said, here is an insider tip. Buy more sharpfingers. They only made a few (30 years worth '74-'04) million of them, and someday the supply will run out. All that will be left will be the knockoffs.