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A letter from the owner and founder of Cutlers Cove

Hi Knife Enthusiasts,

My love affair with knives started back in 1986. I was managing a camera store in Austin, Texas. It was a small mom and pop type store in which I did all the buying and ordering. I also received the merchandise when it came in. I spent about 15 minutes one day looking for the box cutter with no luck. It was then and there I decided I needed a pocketknife.

Later in the week I went looking for a knife. I found one in a pawnshop down the street from the camera store. I had just discovered pawnshops because one of the camera repairman in the camera shop had found a Meade 6" astronomical telescope in the same pawnshop a short time earlier. I purchased the telescope from him because it was just what I was looking for. So I thought I would try my luck looking for a pocketknife in the same pawnshop. I found a knife I liked. I didn't know much about knives but the Schrade 3rd Generation 3-blade knife was just about what I needed to open boxes at the camera store. It was in great shape and fit my pocket well.

Regrettably I sold the knife later when I found what I thought was a better knife. Plus back then I did not know you should have more than one pocketknife. I now regret selling my first good knife. I may have had knives when I was young, but I don't remember any. My Mom doesn't remember me having any either, so that Schrade may have been my first knife. 

Now here it is many years later and I have been in the knife business since I started selling and trading knives part time in about May of 1991 in Austin, Texas. 

Toward the end of 1991 I decided I liked selling knives and I was going to do more of it. I set up as a dealer at my first gun and knife show selling knives in November 1991 in Austin, Texas. I started full time in this business on August 1, 1992 after moving to San Angelo, Texas. So it started out as a hobby and turned into a business a little over one year later.

The first "big" order of knives purchased to sell was about $400.00 worth of the Parker Cutlery bankruptcy. This order was placed in September 1991 and was the first of many purchased of his bankruptcy. I ended up purchasing about $10,000.00 worth of the Parker bankruptcy. Of course looking back now I wish I had mortgaged my house and purchased $40,000.00 more. So, this is how I got started in the knife business.

I enjoy doing research on vintage knives and learning about their history. I consider their history to include manufacturing techniques, the people that are involved with making fine knives and where they have been made and are being made today. I also appreciate quality design and craftsmanship. I really do not care where a knife was made or when as long as it is quality. So I sum this up as "Quality is quality no matter who made it or when it was made".

For ten years (1992-2002) I drove around Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico going to gun and knife shows and knife only shows selling knives. I averaged about 40 shows a year during this period. I stopped going to shows and setting up to sell knives in April 2002 and the last show was in San Antonio, Texas. Starting from this point back in 2002 all my efforts and time have been on CutlersCove.com™,  CutlersCove.com Blog™ and KnifeWebGuide.com™.

The domain name CutlersCove.com was registered on June 17, 1999. The first version of Cutlers Cove Web Store went up on the Internet on Sept. 14, 1999. The Web Store now has over 1200 pages and is always changing. To find what is new and join in the fun check our blog located at CutlersCove.info which started on November 9, 2009.

Be sure to check our ever growing KnifeWebGuide.com™ which is the Knife Resource Center on the Internet and it started in October 2000.

I would like to thank all the people who have helped make our sites a fine addition to the knife and cutlery world. In particular Vicki Hardin our past senior photographer who has helped in more ways than I can list to make our site a great resource for all knife enthusiasts. She has done a great job and we thank her for the extra effort.

Thanks for reading the above and tell your friends about us.

Best Regards,

Byron Rogers
Founder and Owner
Cutlers Cove Knife Emporium

CutlersCove.com Online Debut: Sept. 14, 1999
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