tughillbrookie wrote:I'm brand new to this forum and Northwoods knives, having only gotten into them last Fall (2018). I love them. Bought my first (harrison bay) through eBay and then signed up for the newsletter. Got a Madison Barlow and then a Coolidge Jack (giraffe bone, yay). I was really bummed about not being able to score one of the mammoth ones this week, even with preparation. It's a pattern and material I am still interested in acquiring.
Without trying offending anyone here, I'm genuinely interested in purchasing one of these in the mammoth.
You guys are fun to read and observe. I hope I can get myself integrated into your community.
THB, welcome also to the forum. I started collecting GEC knives just last year about this time. Here and on EBay are good places to find them. I recently acquired 4 knives that are pretty rare from a fellow member. Just keep your eyes open and be prepared to move quickly when you see what you want, because it won’t last long.
I hope you find the mammoth Jack you are looking for. I have nothing against these knives, and I have owned a few with mammoth ivory over the years, but trying to sell them someday by either yourself or your family will be almost impossible some day soon. I was threatened by EBay to be banned over a mammoth knife I was trying to sell. Every time I put it up, they took it down, no matter how I changed the wording. And then a phone call that if I put it up again I would be kicked off of EBay.
Plus there are now about 9 states that have banned the sale of mammoth ivory now and more being added. I’m surprised that GEC is willing to make any knives with this handle material since it’s illegal to ship these to these 9 states. I guess the fines and penalties haven’t caught up to the sellers yet. With the way EBay collects sales tax now for all states that require it, I’m surprised they don’t have an algorithm that picks out the buyers state of residence and blocks you out of buying if your state is on that list. My guess is that day is coming soon when this happens. Can you imagine what will happen if an attorney general in a state like IL, which banned this last year by the way, goes after KSF or CK or even AAPK? It will put them out of business. If I were advising these companies, I would be sounding the alarm bell about this potential risk.
With that said, I know that any mammoth ivory knife I buy I won’t use and it will go into the collection. Someday either I or my wife or kids will have to sell it. So I’m just assessing the risks to my investments. In my former job, if I saw a risk like this to an investment I put a client’s money into, we would be having a conversation about getting out of that investment. Regulations can kill entire industries, just look at what happened to the coal industry under Obama. It was brutal.
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