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How do you display your knife collection?

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HELP!!!

Like all avid knife-knuts around here, I'm pretty proud of my ever-growing collection of knives.
Unfortunately, I would like others to appreciate these cute things without having to flick open these knives in front of them to do so.
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So I figured, I need a display case, or something. I've already drawn up some specs as to what I would like the case to be. Unfortunately, I never got around to making it a reality, as I don't even know where to put the case once it's done!
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How do *YOU* display your knife collection to your friends? Maybe I can pick up some pointers here.

Thanks for any help, guys!

Dan
 
www.customdisplays.com

Works for me. I had a choice of some stupid repoduction painting or something else to hang on the wall. Smith and Wesson makes a line of scrimshaw knives that are pretty darn good-looking. I bought one of the larger cases from custom and filled it up over the last year. It makes a very attractive wall hanging. I bought a couple of the smaller cases and plan on using one as a desktop thingie at work, rotating a different knife every month or so.The prices were pretty reasonable, and the workmanship is pretty fair.

For some really kick-a$$ cases, Hampel's Woodland cases 219-533-7866 can't be beat. Just don't tell them you got the info via the internet. They only make the cases for a part time hobby and have zero interest in expanding their business. They were at a show in Ohio last fall, I bought a few of their cases, mentioned that I had given their name out at the old recdotknives web site and they got a little pi$$ed off. Seems they just want to have a little fun and have a hobby that pays for itself. Nice people and very nice workmanship at prices that you could not do yourself.

Both of the above use only hardwood. Cherry, Oak or Walnut.

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I keep my knives in a china cabinet. My wife's tea cups are on two shelves and my knives are on the bottom two shelves. An interesting contrast to say the least.
 
I have one of those wall hanging display cases, but it's full, I could fill three more, and you can't handle your beloved blades easily.

So I'm awaiting the delivery of a Pro-Series-I Machinists Tool Chest from Gerstner. Yeah It's expensive but I've got a lot of $$$ already tied up in my collection with no end in sight. With this I'll have room for sharpening systems, lubes, sheaths, and knives instead of having them spread out all over the house.

Takes 3 to 4 weeks for delivery, I can't wait. I hate to wait.
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LD
"Every Dog Has His Day"



[This message has been edited by Lucky Dog (edited 09 June 1999).]
 
Hey thanks guys! Hal, the cases from customdisplays.com looks cool.
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Lucky Dog, you should rename yourself to Patient Dog, hehehe.. I've developed patience to an art form already, I think! Ordering stuffs from the States, and waiting for them to arrive here in my country WILL eat up all the patience in this world.
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Not to mention the anxiety of hoping it won't get lost along the way.
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Bansidthe, quite contrasting alright.
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Then again, you can always use the base of the tea cups to sharpen your knives.. lol..
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I think I'll try my hand in creating my own display case for most knives, and individual case for the special knives (glass enclosure with wooden base and dowels to hold up the knife). Wonder if it would look good, though..
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Might end up looking like an aquarium! hehe..

Dan
 
How do I display my knives? I guess I really don't.

All the duplicates I have been buying & putting away for my kids I have locked up in safety deposit boxes at my bank. My personal collection I have the REAL expensive or hard to get ones locked up in a safety deposit box at my bank, too. Others I have displayed in knife paks, the hard shell ones with the velour backs and elastic straps holding them in. Of course I have them locked away as well, wouldn't want my kids to accidently get curious and start playing with them
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Speaking on my past experience when I was a curious kid!

My used, abused, and knives that seen their better days I have stowed away in a locked drawer. The knives I am always using and switching up daily are kept in another spot.

I usually don't show my knives to many, don't know many others except my kids that get into knives ... most of the people I know and associate with are like my wife and daughter, they think all knives look alike!

HOW CAN THAT BE? ALL KNIVES LOOK ALIKE?

Mark
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Mark, I'm glad my Wife thinks all knives look alike, she can't tell when I get a new one. When I get my new chest, and they're all in one place I'll keep it locked. Is this devious? Well, maybe a necessary evil. Wives just don't understand what keeps us Knife Hubbys sane.

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LD
"Every Dog Has His Day"

 
I've really got to get a case sometime soon, I hate just sticking my knives in the bags they came in and laying them on top of their boxes
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In my pockets.
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Ciao

Mike Melone
memelone@yahoo.com
"One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them." --Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1796

 
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