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The earlier knives are worth collecting as well as some of the later knives that are a big time pinch of Randall. I myself have sold many of my newer BlackJack's and bought a few of the earlier offerings. I kept a few of the later pieces as well. The ones that are worth money and have gone up in price are the one's with unusual handle materials proto's and models that were made as a test batch and were not put into regular production as well as some of the dealer exclusives. It seems I did very well when I was buyng the newer ones in the two to three years before they closed. My rule was not to buy a regular catalog item. At the time people that I was making a mistake. I have been able to get double or in some cases tripple the price that I paid for them. I do not see them going up much more than they have already though. Also Marbles knives are constructed useing the methods and materials that BlackJack was useing or had planned on useing at the time they went out of business.
A quick glimpse into AG Russell's
"The Cutting Edge" or EBAY will easily prove
Mike Turber very wrong. Blackjacks of all description are briskly selling for prices far exceeding their original suggested retail prices.
Blackjacks are among the MOST collectible of the recent crop of specialty knives.
The Classic blades series was certainly a Randall knock off, but lets not forget about the Blackjacks made for 4-5 years before Classic blades (87-92) that were designs by Moran, Loveless, Pat Crawford, etc.
These Japan made/USA finished Blackjacks like the Mamba series, Warner-Moran, Koji Hara crafted models, and limited edition Archangel chute knives are skyrocketing in value. (as are the more unusual/one off classic blades)
Very few Blackjack knives were made compared to other brands and the quality was/is (for the most part) superb.
I agree with Tom except that after doing some quick calculating (at 5:30 in the morning with only one cup of coffee) I'm seeing the price of the regular production models with even the more common handle materials going up in price about 25% - 30% a year since Blackjack closed. I like collecting Blackjacks and collecting the production models because they're still affordable. The production models offer plenty of variations on design and handle materials to allow for many "theme's" for one to collect, e.g., collecting all the fixed blade models in chestnut or in stag handle materials. Or all the various grinds of the Trailguide in all the different handle materials and special editions, etc. Anyone have a Yukon Skinner in other than stag scales for sale?
I don't think Blackjack is gone. Just look at the latest Marble's releases. The Sport looks just like a Woodsman and the Buffalo Skinner looks just like the Stalker. A Woodsman or Stalker design with 52100 steel for well under $100, that's too cool!
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[This message has been edited by Bill Bryant (edited 26 August 1999).]
Any particular thoughts about the Reinhart Combat Khukri? Only reason I'm asking is I've been holding onto one, unused, for a while now, just because I thought it was "cool" when I bought it. Is it a "user" or a "keeper"?
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I did overlook that fact. I realized I had done that rite after I read Anthony's post. Something one may want to look for are the Assaults. They came out rite before they closed their doors and I have seen very few. Should have bought the ones I ran across. The reason I over looked it is because I never had a regular production item from them that I kept. A friend and I used to run down their outlet about every three weeks and load up with knives. Then we came back and started selling them to fellow knife nut friends as soon as we got back to town. Those made for some very long days hahaha.
[This message has been edited by Tom Carey (edited 27 August 1999).]