cudgee wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:50 pm
Rookie wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 23, 2022 11:28 am
Unless you can find another prior club member that wants them, the value of the knives would be better sold off individually than as a set. I have a full collection of (now defunct) NKCA knives, and learned that as a set they are not that valuable. There just isn't much interest in sets of knives from clubs that are no longer around.
Individually, you can search for similar year/pattern/brands for each of your knives on ebay, and get a pretty good ballpark of what they are worth.
Why do you think it would be that there is not much interest in sets of knives from now defunct knife clubs. ???
I'm not sure what the reason, but it definitely seems to be the case. Walking around knife shows you can find sets of knives from old knife clubs, in nice display cases, going dirt cheap. I guess the value of a club knife is partly due to the other club members desire for the knife, knowing what it represents. The value is not solely in it just being a Case or Kabar knife. But if the club is gone, there are no new members trying to collect the set, or even know the history of that club.
For my NKCA set, I have 25 years worth of knives collected. The club started in 1975, and was the largest knife club ever in the US with over 20,000 members at one time. Some of the most prominent knife collectors and knife makers were directly involved. Usually there was 1 knife per year made, and sold only to members.
Now I can see on ebay all these old NKCA knives for sale, and often they are selling for less than the exact same knife that isn't marked with the club blade etch and special shield.
By comparison, current club knives being made are going up in value, not down. Look at what the AAPK or BladeForum knives are bringing now!
I collect Tuna Valley knives, and NKCA Youth knife prototypes.