Apprising my knife collection – Need help & Advice

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Addicted_to_Knives, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    163
    Nov 29, 2018
    Dear members I would appreciate your advice on this. I would like to get an appraisal (rough/good enough approximate) for my collection. I do not intend to sell it (in near future or ever), however I would like to know how valuable and/or rare some knives are/might be. Do you know what’s the best way to get an appraisal?

    Nearly all of them are in new condition with boxes. Few in new condition without box or papers. Only two knives very lightly used (no marks or scratches looks 100% new).

    This is part of the collection I am looking to appraise:


    Spyderco Calypso – VG-10
    Spyderco Military – S110V
    Spyderco EuroEdge (Ethnic series) – S30V
    Spyderco Tatanka #014 with VG-10
    Microtech Troodon – ELMAX
    Microtech Socom Elite – M390
    Zero Tolerance ZT0393 Hinderer Design – CPM 20 CV
    Zero Tolerance ZT0220 Anso Design – S35VN
    Zero Tolerance ZT0562 Hinderer Design – CPM 20 CV
    Benchmade AFCK 800BT 1998 – ATS-34
    Benchmade 740 Dejavoo Bob Lum design First production 346/500 – S30V
    Benchmade 781 Barrage Osbourne design First production 276/500 – M390
    ColdSteel AD-15 Andrew Demko design – S35VN
    Hogue X5 – CPM154
    Kershaw Steven Seagal 1680 – AUS8
    Kershaw 1460 Splinter – AUS8A
    Benchmade 761 Ti-Monolock First production #4/1000
    Lionsteel SR11Moletta design – M390
    Rick Hinderer Full Track – M390
    Benchmade Mel Purdie (Pre-Production Run #222/500) – ATS-34
    Lionsteel Moletta design – M390
    Made in Italy Auto Stilletto - Limited run #8/50
    Dagger Limited Edition #21/200 – D2
    Paragon Tactical Art 1 of 300 – ATS-34
    ColdSteel Espada Large – VG10
    Benchmade 910 Stryker Elishewitz – Sept 1998 Pre-Production – 154CM
    Benchmade 741 Bob Lum First production 321/500 – 154CM
    Benchmade Gold Class 7505-132 #89 Sibert Design 2013 – M390
    Benchmade-Emerson 970 CQC7 1994-1996 – ATS-34
    Benchmade DarkStar 880BT Elishewitz deisgn 2000 – ATS-34
    CRKT Elishewitz Phraoh Manual Stonewash 1130 Late 2000s – AUS8
    CRKT Elishewitz Anibus Black manual 1120 Late 2000s – AUS8
    CRKT Elishewitz Auto Anibus Stonewash 1120 Late 2000 – AUS8
    Pacific Cutlery – Folding Balisong (1988-1990) former Benchmade – VG-10
    Chris Reeve – large Sebenza - S35VN
    Benchmade 425 Gravitator Snody - 154CM
    Benchmade 630-400 Skirmish – S30V
    Lone Wolf Knives Harsey Ranger T2 – S30V
    Lone Wolf Knives Harsey Ranger T3 – S30V
    Fantoni HB-01 Harsey Design w/ 4.25” blade – S30V
    Fantoni Italian Carbon Fiber Rumici #12 out of 25 - S30V
    Kershaw USA 1900 Grant Gavin Hawk 2006 design
    Lone Wolf Knives D2 Double-Action Auto 3.9" Black S30V
    Gerber Harsey design AirFrame 2001 Knife 06941 - 1 of 1000 - 154CM Blade
    Bench 757 Vicar First Prod 130 out of 750 w/ S30V blade Sibert design 3.9 blade
    Seki Cut knives SC-105B Bob Lum Encounter w/ 3" D2 blade
    Seki Cut Knives Hiro Zipangu knife Model HIR-101 w/ VG-10 blade
    Seki Cut Knives SC-100B Bob Lum Large Encounter 1/600 limited edition w/ 3.875" D2 blade 2001
    Spyderco Hungarian Pin C173GP Folder Knife CTS-XHP Steel
    Mick Strider SMF Gunner Grip w/ CPM 20CV blade
    Smith &Wesson made in USA 1980's model 6042 Swingblade Boot Knife
    Protech Strider SNG Auto Knife w/ 3.5 154CM blade
    Cold Steel 62RM 4 Max Folding Knife 4" CPM 20CV Stonewash Blade Desert Tan
    Boker Magnum B0460 Robert Voros Design Neck Knife w/ 3.375 inch AUS8 blade
    Spyderco Farid Mehr K2 Folding Knife CPM-S10V
    Ontario Knife Co XM-1 1ST Production Run 275/300 w/ N690co 3.375" blade
    Buck Strider 880 with 3.8 inch BG-42 steel blade Paul Bos design year 2000
    Medford Infraction Knife Carbon Fiber/Black PVD Titanium w/ 3.25 S35VN Black Blade
    Rick Hinderer Knives XM-24 Drop Point Flipper w/ 4" S35VN blade (copper set)
    Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 FATTY w/ 3.5” inch S35VN Spanto blade (titanium & bronze)
    Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 custom with 3.5 inch M390 Spanto blade (titanium & bronze)
    Strider SNG Fatty Version w/ Hybrid Chevron Aluminum Black coated 3.5" CPM20CV
    Lionsteel KUR Flipper w/ 3.5" Sleipner Steel Stonewashed Blade designed Molletta
    Southern Grind Spider Monkey w/ 3.25 M4 blade, DLC coated, Serial #2 out of 50
    Medford Proxima Knife w/ Titanium Handles & 3.875" S35VN Satin Finish Blade
    Medford Praetorian T Tanto Knife w/ Blue Titanium Handles & 3.75" S35VN Satin Finish
     
  2. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    Looks like nearly all of them are or have been sold on the forums. I had/have a large collection i have been parting with to fund my changing taste in knives. The best way to figure out what your knives are worth is to go on the sales forums and look at what knives like yours are going for. I know most members put (sold) on them where the price use to be and that's frustrating for sure. So you will have to find them before they sell. It shouldn't take you a few weeks to get all the knives you have listed. Don't just go off one listing. Although you might have to for a few. But for 90% of your collection there will be several in the next few weeks. Its gonna be some work. But it's your collection and you want to know. That what I was told and the only way to know is to look. Also the market changes with time. So a full track m390 that maybe worth ( fictitious made up number) $525 in 'only carried a few times and cut a couple things' lnib today might be worth $475 in a month or $600 in three. Prices bounce around. In less it's a really rare discontinued knife that the community still loves and everyone still wants or a few of the big hitter they hold there value. The prices will go up and down. Looking at your list . It looks like you have a very nice collection with several that are in the stable price area and a few in the up and down area. But I'm a expert. They will be along shortly.

    Hope this helps brother.

    Cheers
     
  3. Blues Bender

    Blues Bender Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    90% of what is on that list can be easy to appraise. I mean come on, you don’t know what a Large Sebenza goes for?

    Asking this question with something rare and unique is understandable, but you have a very good collection of common knives. Use the search function, that’s what it’s there for...
     
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  4. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    163
    Nov 29, 2018
    Very grateful for your reply. That does help, I was able to find some of the models on the trade/sell subforums, unfortunately most had prices changed to $old, so I will be checking them again… I will be also checking bladehq and other online retailers to help me and assign some reasonable Dollar value to my collection. Ebay prices I think are a bit too crazy. For example, Lone Wolf T3 I paid $300 in past and on ebay has at $700, which seems unreasonably high I think it should maybe be around $400 max $500… So it might take a time to determine a current fair market appraisal value, but it will be worth it, thank you.


    If I may ask – which knives would you refer to as the most collectible or rare or hard to find from the collection list above?


    Thank you!


     
  5. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    163
    Nov 29, 2018
    Serbenza yes I might know, its all over the internet $450 for basic and more depending the scales, production, anniversary etc special model. I just copy pasted the list without filtering few ones I do not consider as hard to find or rare or collectible.

    Appreciate your input. I will filter down my list to which ones I am really interested:

    Spyderco Calypso – VG-10
    Spyderco Tatanka #014 with VG-10
    Zero Tolerance ZT0393 Hinderer Design – CPM 20 CV
    Zero Tolerance ZT0220 Anso Design – S35VN
    Zero Tolerance ZT0562 Hinderer Design – CPM 20 CV
    Benchmade AFCK 800BT 1998 – ATS-34
    Benchmade 740 Dejavoo Bob Lum design First production 346/500 – S30V
    Benchmade 781 Barrage Osbourne design First production 276/500 – M390
    Kershaw Steven Seagal 1680 – AUS8
    Kershaw 1460 Splinter – AUS8A
    Benchmade 761 Ti-Monolock First production #4/1000
    Benchmade Mel Purdie (Pre-Production Run #222/500) – ATS-34
    Made in Italy Auto Stilletto - Limited run #8/50
    Paragon Tactical Art 1 of 300 – ATS-34
    Benchmade 910 Stryker Elishewitz – Sept 1998 Pre-Production – 154CM
    Benchmade 741 Bob Lum First production 321/500 – 154CM
    Benchmade Gold Class 7505-132 #89 Sibert Design 2013 – M390
    Benchmade-Emerson 970 CQC7 1994-1996 – ATS-34
    Benchmade DarkStar 880BT Elishewitz deisgn 2000 – ATS-34
    CRKT Elishewitz Phraoh Manual Stonewash 1130 Late 2000s – AUS8
    CRKT Elishewitz Anibus Black manual 1120 Late 2000s – AUS8
    CRKT Elishewitz Auto Anibus Stonewash 1120 Late 2000 – AUS8
    Pacific Cutlery – Folding Balisong (1988-1990) former Benchmade – VG-10
    Benchmade 425 Gravitator Snody - 154CM
    Benchmade 630-400 Skirmish – S30V
    Lone Wolf Knives Harsey Ranger T2 – S30V
    Lone Wolf Knives Harsey Ranger T3 – S30V
    Fantoni HB-01 Harsey Design w/ 4.25” blade – S30V
    Fantoni Italian Carbon Fiber Rumici #12 out of 25 - S30V
    Kershaw USA 1900 Grant Gavin Hawk 2006 design
    Lone Wolf Knives D2 Double-Action Auto 3.9" Black S30V
    Gerber Harsey design AirFrame 2001 Knife 06941 - 1 of 1000 - 154CM Blade
    Bench 757 Vicar First Prod 130 out of 750 w/ S30V blade Sibert design 3.9 blade
    Seki Cut knives SC-105B Bob Lum Encounter w/ 3" D2 blade
    Seki Cut Knives Hiro Zipangu knife Model HIR-101 w/ VG-10 blade
    Seki Cut Knives SC-100B Bob Lum Large Encounter 1/600 limited edition w/ 3.875" D2 blade 2001
    Spyderco Hungarian Pin C173GP Folder Knife CTS-XHP Steel
    Mick Strider SMF Gunner Grip w/ CPM 20CV blade
    Smith &Wesson made in USA 1980's model 6042 Swingblade Boot Knife
    Protech Strider SNG Auto Knife w/ 3.5 154CM blade
    Boker Magnum B0460 Robert Voros Design Neck Knife w/ 3.375 inch AUS8 blade
    Spyderco Farid Mehr K2 Folding Knife CPM-S10V
    Ontario Knife Co XM-1 1ST Production Run 275/300 w/ N690co 3.375" blade
    Buck Strider 880 with 3.8 inch BG-42 steel blade Paul Bos design year 2000
    Medford Infraction Knife Carbon Fiber/Black PVD Titanium w/ 3.25 S35VN Black Blade
    Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 FATTY w/ 3.5” inch S35VN Spanto blade (titanium scale & bronze set)
    Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 custom with 3.5 inch M390 Spanto blade (titanium scale & brass set)
    Strider SNG Fatty Version w/ Hybrid Chevron Aluminum Black coated 3.5" CPM20CV
     
  6. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    When looking on ebay, don't look at what people are asking...look at actual sales by going into Advanced and checking Sold Listings
     
  7. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    There are quite few very nice knives in the OP's collection but as said above, most of them are regular production pieces that are still available in many dealers. Although individual items' prices may vary in the secondary market, it is not uncommon to see 20% off of the the retail prices of most NIB/LNIB regular production knives sold here in the Exchange.
     
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  8. IamAzrael

    IamAzrael

    9
    Jan 26, 2019
    Email me pics of the Strider’s and I can help with those.
    roberts_b32 at yahoo dot com
     
  9. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    As they say, a "thing" is worth whatever someone else is willing to pay for it." It also matters, "for what purpose" an appraisal is being done.

    Is it for insurance, estate tax, personal resale or business inventory?

    For insurance, I'd go w/what I paid for the knives in cash and/or trade and them increase the valuation as much as possible based on available retail and resale pricing records.

    For estate tax, I'd go w/what I paid for them less 50% for depreciation, assuming the knives even show up in the "inventory and appraisal" form. LOL!

    For personal resale, I'd again start w/what I paid for them and then check retail prices and resale prices make adjustments up or down as necessary in order to get the knives sold.

    For business inventory, I'd just go w/what I paid for them, period.
     
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  10. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    The most rare is the 1988 Pacific cutlery in VG10. That steel isn't used by Pacific cutlery and I don't think it was around in 1988, or at least not in US imports.
     
  11. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

    638
    Jan 10, 2018
    This is my approach to determining current going rate on production knives.
     
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  12. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Jun 5, 2019
    That is a very nice collection. As others have said, I would check the eBay sold listings and use the store prices of ones that are still manufactured. Search the forums for anything else you can't find. If you get stuck on one or to come back and ask, someone will probably know. Good luck!
     

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