kootenay joe wrote:I have a few old tableware sets of ivory handled knives. I bought them because i like ivory and because they are so cheap, often under $30 for a set of 6-8 knives. There are way more tableware knives & carving sets for sale than there are people who might want to buy them. Very low collector interest in these. Might it change in the next say 25 or so years ? Not possible to know.
KJ: You make good points that collector interest may change. When I started collecting knives 18 years ago as a hobby (as opposed to personal use and gifting), I was able to readily augment my vintage chef's knife collection at our regional thrift and antique shops. Real cheap money back then.
On one occasion, I was charged an implausible $1 a knife -- for a set of five 1930s-era Sabattier's, 6,8,10,12 and 14-inch, with an accompanying cleaver. Fast forward: In the last few years I don't see any offered at any price in these same locations. None!
I know that this is all very anecdotal and one man's experience. But I suspect that some combination of internet sales opportunities, where such knives I now see offered sometimes for $75 to $125; a natural cyclical renewed appreciation of old, carbon steel useful kitchen knives and even the emergence of knife forums such as this one has significantly changed the market for these knives. And, yes, it may resurge for the carving sets and vintage table cutlery, but certainly hasn't yet.