Throwing away the boxes

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by halden.doerge, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    So for those of us who have been in the CRK collecting-using-selling-buying-ever-renewing cycle for a while now, we all know the importance of "comes with box, birthcard, accessories, and all original paperwork..."

    But here's my question, after a few years of this I'm getting to where I have a few where it's like, you know what, I'm throwing away the box. That's how much I know that this one is going nowhere and I'll be using it for the duration.

    Anyone else have this experience? What are your 'toss the box" CRKs, if any?
  2. bart1


    May 24, 2009
    Keep it. If not you're throwing away money... either with the knife, as tastes change, or other collectors will buy them, or at the least need one or 2 for CRK's bought without box! I know I need a few! Bart
  3. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I was going to say that I've seen just CRK boxes for sale before ... I didn't pay attention to the prices ... but evidentally people buy the boxes.
  4. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Interesting. I've never seen that one!
  5. Sergeua

    Sergeua Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    I feel you

    And I had like 2 crk boxes max only.
    Now it's down to one
  6. Mako109


    Dec 17, 2008
    I've even seen empty Spyderco boxes for sale.
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  7. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    I keep all the boxes. If you have the room it’s worth keeping in my opinion. Keeps the complete package if you know what I’m saying. I find it interesting also the box changes throughout the years. It adds to the history of the knife.
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  8. godzilla78

    godzilla78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    I always keep them, nothing wrong with retaining residual value.
    This is all knife boxes, not just CRs
  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have had many knives that I thought I would never sell that landed up in the exchange for one reason or another, so I would keep the boxes unless it is a burden. You just never know what the future has in store and with box is going to be worth more even on a user.
    I am not familiar with all the boxes, but the earlier ones could be broken down.

    What you have does make a difference as to the importance of the box. The difference between a user PJ with or without box is minimal, but something special like a Stars and Stripes or mammoth bark could have a much bigger effect.
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  10. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I keep all my knife boxes, even on the ones that I know I’ll never But every once in a while someone comes along wanting a user CRK, and if I’m in the right mood, I’ll cave in and pass along a user. It’s nice when a newcomer gets a complete CRK knife. Besides, it’s the only way I get to use one of the many CRK’s I have ;)
    At one time, I had three left handed serrated 21’s. I just knew I’d never part with them, sold the user and a classic. Now here I am with one new one that has made it into rotation. Doubt I’ll sell the last one I have, but, never say never.
  11. Richard Coyle

    Richard Coyle Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    I would keep em just to take cool pictures of all the knife boxes that I have... make a tower out of them or something :D:p

    I don’t have that many yet though...
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  12. South paw draw

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

    Sep 23, 2019
    As someone that has picked up a user lefty large 21 insingo. I was super thankful the box was kept. I'll do the same.
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  13. JGB502

    JGB502 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2017
    I agree with you, you don’t want those boxes, just send them to me!

    I’m just kidding.

    Someday down the road you will want those boxes as you may decide to pass a knife or two to a family member or friend, and it’s very cool to include the original box if you decide to pass a CRK forward.
  14. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    I keep all boxes on all knives I buy. Like some have said, I’ve sold knives at one time I never thought I would. I personally wouldn’t want to purchase a knife that wasn’t complete. Not saying I wouldn’t but I would much prefer it to have everything. I don’t even use lanyards but I would want it.
  15. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    If I’m shopping the secondary market, the box takes a very distant third to condition and price. It’s kinda nice to have the box and goodies, but I won’t pay a premium for it.

    That said, I can’t bring myself to throw away boxes from knives and guns.
    I underwent an interstate household move recently. In the end, I couldn’t ditch them.
    The CRK boxes will be the last to go, if the day ever arises.
    My main justification is that I see my CRK’S as potential heirloom pieces—even if they’re banged up. How cool would it be to get Grandpa’s old knife in it’s original box!
    I suppose it’s romanticism. In reality, it’s probably ridiculous.
  16. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I keep all boxes for anything over say $50. No doubt it helps with resale value.
  17. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    I of course also keep all my boxes, on anything I’m considering reselling. I guess I just wondered if anyone’s had the experience of coming to view a CRK as actually a permanent, lifelong possession.

    Sounds like not so much.
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  18. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    I have a couple CRKs that I know will never leave. One being a Father’s Day gift. I’ll still keep the box tho
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  19. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I think regardless of selling it is nice to keep the complete set.
    Doesn't seem Chris thought so. I believe it was in Exquisite Blade, where he said he chose the plain white box because it was cheap and everyone was just going to throw them away.
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  20. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I have 5 CRK folders and 2 fixed blades that someone will get after I'm gone ... so definately I have some knives CRK included that I consider permanate fixtures for sure.
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