New Forum Anyone? (Military Knives and Bayonets)

not2sharp

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Who thinks we should have a forum dedicated to issued military knives and bayonets from around the world. The subject comes up every so often but there really isn't a good area to discuss these.

BTW. It might be a good way to add some Militaria dealers to our list of sponsors.

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Sounds good to me. The Levine forum covers the identification issues, but not the application issues.
 

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BRL is very impressive. There is no better place to go to get information on an unknown knife. The reason I would suggest this forum is because military knives offer much more that can only be discerned with very specialized research. We often pick up an interesting old knife, and think to ourselves, wow ... if this think could only talk.

Well military knives do talk. They are covered by inspection stamps, makers marks, dates, armory marks, and unit designation. Sometimes, they even include somebody's name or service ID#. But, you need some very advanced specialist collectors to read through most of these, and I am hoping we can attract a critical mass of these folks to this site.

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Now that you mentioned it, I'm surprised that there isn't already one. I would imagine that there are many forumites that have an interest in military knives.

This idea sounds good to me.

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GREAT IDEA! Another Forum!

However, I do think this one has a lot of merit after all I was interested in the history behind the various Ka Bar blades and, how can I put it? I felt I was treading on toes asking this in the Cammilus Forum
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Yes a very good idea.

I would much rather a sharpening and maintaince Forum however, all the lubes and scratch removal tips as well as the sharpening tips. The General forum is becoming this day by day and I don't like this at all! We need out OWN forum on these topics! What do others think?

Cheers for the playground!

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not2sharp

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bttt

Just sending this up for another run in case someone missed it in all the excitement about toilet paper, shorts, cars, dating, breakfast cereals, and other non-knife BS.
 
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General,
Maintenance Forum?.....Another great idea!!
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I don't know -- I think we're running the risk of implementing too many specialized forums. I'm having trouble keeping track of all of them now. It's gotten to the point where people have to cross-post to several different forums just to make sure they catch everybody; I think I'd like to see more things in just your everyday basic general forum. But that's just me; I like things simple.

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Cheers Raptor!

I like the way you put it, a good name for the forum.
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W.A.

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We use to have some discussions in the general forum. But, its the wrong audience; and judging from many recent treads we are never going to attract serious collectors to post threads on this forum. You simply have to sort through too much irrelevant garbage to find anything. The trick though is to set up a specific forum to attract a type of collector that we have currently in short supply.

Military knife collectors are specialized historians. They love to dig into minor secondary markings and military history to try to draw as much information as possible from each piece. I just can't see this developing on the general forum.

On one level you have a bunch of people trying to figure out whether the English P1888 mark II bayonet was ever issued to a particular commonwealth regiments in Nepal. On another level someone would want to know how the steel used compared to Carbon V, and someone else would want to know whether they wore undershorts in the commonwealth forces.

We should set up a specialized forum to take these topics (and yes general historical discussion would fit right in).




 

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Too specialized.

Remember, the primary concerns we have to satisfy before opening a forum are -
  • Is there enough interest to warrant such a forum?
  • Will there be enough traffic in it to justify it remaining open?
  • Is there someone qualified to moderate it?

I don't think there will be enough continuing traffic to support such a forum - we'd be better served by having a Collector's forum, and I'm worried about that one because every Home Shopping Network buyer will be in there with their Frost Cutlery assortment pack.
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If the members of TKC-L are interested in having a forum and have someone willing to moderate it, we'd be open to that, but a specialized Military Knives Forum is just too small of a niche.

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