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Dick's Sporting Goods
(254) 690-3397
201 E. Centeral Texas Expressway
Harker Heights, TX
 
Killeen Tackle
(254) 634-2020
1319 E Veterans Memorial Blvd
Killeen, TX
 
Young'S Sporting Goods
(254) 634-2274
1509 S Fort Hood St
Killeen, TX
 
Finish Line
(254) 690-1855
2100 S W S Young Dr Ste 1480
Killeen, TX
 
Clear Creek Golf
(254) 539-1973
52381 Building
Killeen, TX
 
Academy
(254) 501-6800
2500 E. Central Expressway
Killeen, TX
 
Tight Lines Premium Fish & Tackle
(254) 690-3474
12181 State Highway 195
Killeen, TX
 
Hat World Inc #160
(254) 699-8571
2100 S W S Young Dr Ste 1476
Killeen, TX
 
All American Pools
(254) 690-3983
3800 E Stan Schlueter Loop Ste 110
Killeen, TX
 
Hibbett Sporting Goods
(254) 690-6877
2100 S W S Young Dr Ste 1004
Killeen, TX
 

What Makes Custom Knives Appreciate in Value

March 02, 2009
by  Les Robertson
If you ask most custom knife buyers, they will tell you that they “buy what they like,” with all other considerations being secondary—including the knife’s ability to appreciate in value.

Being a custom knife purveyor, one of the ways I stay in business is by buying and selling knives that appreciate in value.

That being said, what is it that makes a knife appreciate in value?

First off, innovators and innovations always find their way to the top. If you look at the majority of the “in-demand” work today, the makers of said work have in some way made major contributions to their particular categories of knives.

Four Innovation Categories

Innovation comes in four basic categories: design, utilization of materials, a combination of “art” styles, and craftsmanship. Definitions of each:

  •Design is composed of both the actual two-dimensional knife design and/or the realization of the design in the form of a working knife;

•Utilization of materials is the ability of a maker either to create or work with new materials previously unused on custom knives. Examples include the first uses of damascus, titanium, carbon fiber, etc.;

•A combination of art styles is the ability of a maker to incorporate other art forms into his/her knives. Examples are engraving, scrimshaw, semi-precious gemstones, etc. The maker’s ability to actually do the work is often referred to as sole authorship; and;

•Craftsmanship goes beyond a maker’s ability to build a custom knife; it refers to a high level of knifemaking proficiency that is recognized not only by collectors but the maker’s peers. Such craftsmanship is reflected in a great variety of knife styles and encompasses skills with hand tools, other machines and the ability to incorporate natural materials into the work.

One thing all such makers have in common is they think “outside the box” when it comes to their knifemaking. Many become makers after handling a knife and thinking “I could make that” or “I could do better than that.” However, for a maker’s knives to rise to the level where they will appreciate in value, the maker must explore both the artistic and business sides of the equation. Ultimately, the maker’s ability to create “buzz” about his/her knives will be essential to his/her success.

Exposure Early On

Prior to the internet, makers were limited in the amount of people they could meet. Knife shows and knife magazines were almost without exception the only ways to see knives. While some makers offered catalogs—most did not—the catalogs almost always contained black and white photos. The notable exception was Dave and Grace Harvey’s Nordic Knives. The Harveys offered color photos with thei...

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