In the May 2017 issue of Blade Magazine my article titled “The Circle Remains Unbroken” discusses the cyclic nature of custom knives and how it can benefit collectors.
As most of you know the tactical folders have been the main attraction in the custom knife market over the past 7 years. After market prices have removed the majority of the collectors who were responsible for driving the market. The knives from the most sought after makers are now the dominion of those with the tens of thousands of dollars to be a viable player in that market. So what is a collector to do?
Collectors, collect and consequently some will move from the in demand well known makers to those makers who are not so well known. Many of these established and newer makers now understand that the days of a folder with a blade and two pieces of Titanium for a handle starting at $1,000.00 are over. Consequently, it will be those makers who build a knife like that in the $500 to $700 range who will gain in popularity. Others are moving to the other side of the cycle, fixed blades.
Today, fixed blades in the 8 – 10” range, both forged and stock removal fixed blades are gaining again in popularity. I have heard a repetitive from collectors who tell me that with these fighters and Bowies they really get a lot for their money. Because of the prices that the tactical folders have brought in the aftermarket an exquisite Feather pattern Damascus blade and Damascus frame handle with Mastodon Ivory like the one in the photo by Steve Randall is now viewed by many collectors as exceptional for the money.
So as you rethink your collection and possibly consider adding some fixed blades or even more fixed blades. Do your homework and look for those makers are substance and not merely hype.
Robertson’s Custom Cutlery is your source for custom knives from today’s leading custom knife makers. We only feature the highest quality knives at value prices. Our custom fixed and folding knife selection includes tactical fixed and folding knives, presentation fixed and folding knives, bowies, hunters and skinners, and a large selection of forged blades. Les Robertson, author and owner of Robertson’s Custom Cutlery, is also a Field Editor for Blade Magazine and an instructor at Blade University. If you have questions about the content in this article or about any knife or maker on our website, you can contact Les directly at email@example.com or (706) 650-0252.