Dinadan wrote:A Tuna Valley knife is kind of expensive for someone who is not a dedicated collector to choose to buy. But if you never buy one, or even handle one, how do you become a fan and want to collect them? Well, GEC somehow broke through that barrier so I guess there is hope for smaller brands.
I do not have any Tuna Valley knives. I would like to come across someone at a Gun and Knife show who had a couple of Tuna Valleys to examine, but I have never even seen one other than on the Internet. I will be interested to learn who TV gets to make the next generation.
I completely understand that. I think that is true with a lot of the more expensive knives, and especially getting into custom knives, or even the Tony Bose knives. It makes perfect sense to want to see it in person before buying. The Tuna line has quite a few dealers lined up for the new release, so hopefully they will be around at more shows in the future for customers to be able to see them in person.
philco wrote:Which are considered more desirable, collectable, or valuable, the Queen made Tuna Valley knives, or the earlier GEC made Tuna Valley knives ? Or does it make any difference
The first year of the resurgence after Perry Miller passed, which was 2012, seem to bring the highest prices. Sometimes nearly 2x what the original selling price was. The cotton samplers and sunfish were made by Queen, and the lockbacks made by GEC. So it doesn't seem to be dependent on the maker, but more on that they are older, fewer in number, and harder to find.
I've been trying to complete my collection, and there are quite a few from 2012 and 2013 that I just can't seem to find (or they are asking too much money). I keep whittling away at the list though. There are over a dozen ones I'm still hunting for, not including the Time-Keeper theme ones. There were 5 patterns of those also made, but they didn't appeal to me like the stag, bone, wood, ivory, or horn did.
I collect Tuna Valley knives, and NKCA Youth knife prototypes.