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Well, the first and most
important thing to grasp is that the true value of any knife is what it
changes hands for at a given moment in time and in a particular set of
circumstances. After all, you wouldn't expect IBM stock to be the same
price today as it was last week or as it may be next year. Well, it's
exactly the same with knives and antiques. Once you are able to accept
this, you're on the right track.
1. The Three Golden Rules Not
the same as the Golden Rules of Collecting above
Our advice is always the same,
" Go for Quality ", while following our Three Golden Rules. Ask
yourself these three questions, always in this order. Do I like it? ( Most
important! ) Do I want it? Can I afford it? If the answer is Yes, Yes,
and Yes then buy it. And by the way, don't ever lose sight of the fact
that you're buying the item, not the discount. By following our tried and
tested advice, you'll still be enjoying your knives long after you've
forgotten their original cost.
2. Always get a Guarantee
Here at Cutler’s Cove, every item that we ship comes
to you fully insured, and with our
return privilege. What could be better?
You simply won't find a better deal than we can offer you so why not
browse through our online inventory right now, and don't forget, most of
the knives we have in stock is the only one we have!
3. Only buy from reputable Dealers.
As long established Professionals
proud of our good reputation for honest dealing, it simply isn't worth our
while to offer you anything other than a fair deal. What's more, we are
now in our 15th year in the knife business and we want to be around many
more years in the knife and cutlery community so our ethical standards are
up there with the best.
If the company or maker that made the limited
edition or commemorative knife produces
more than 2000 knives we recommend not to buy it. The reason is in
the near future there will need to be at least 2001 people that
purchased the knife or wanted to purchase the knife for the one you
purchased to go up in value. The time frame for that to take place
may not be in your lifetime. But if you like the knife and don't
care if it goes up in value then it may be just fine with you.
Short list of items that help limited edition
knives go up in value:
The knife is in fact a quality knife.
The knife is made by a quality maker or
2000 or less made, a truly limited amount or edition produced.
Unusual handles, blade shape or number of blades.
A larger or smaller version than most knives of the
same pattern. Example is a display knife with many different blades
or large display knife.
Is the company or maker still in business? If not
that may help the value go up because there will be none made or
marked the same way again.
If it is a commemorative knife what does it honor or
act as a memorial for. Is the person or event
really important and will it stand the test of time. How many people
care about what is commemorated by the knife?
On the whole limited edition and commemorative knives have great
Having said the above does not mean we do not think
limited edition and commemorative knives are bad investments. There are some we think
are great and will probably go up in value with time. Just use the above suggestion to help
make up your mind. A limited edition or commemorative knife
does not guarantee that the knife will go up in value.
does a knife I purchased, say 10 years ago, cost so much more now than when
I bought it?
There are several reasons for the increase
in price over the years.
Materials and labor have gone up each year.
The dollar looses value each year because of inflation.
Each year more of the knife that you had back then are lost or worn out,
which will make the ones left worth more to a collector or a user that wants
to own and use a particular knife that is no longer made.
If your knife was made outside the USA back then, the dollar has also lost value
against the German Mark and the Japanese Yen in the last few years. It may
have lost value against other currencies but Germany and Japan are where
most of the quality knives from over seas come from. The exchange rate back
in the 1970’s was 300 to 350 for the Yen to each USA dollar. To day the
exchange rate is about 100
for each dollar. So that means if you want a knife
from several of the countries outside the USA you will pay many more dollars to
The company that made your knife may have only made a small number and
that may cause a knife to go up in value.
The Neat factor as used by Levine in his Guide to Knives and
Their Value. The Neat factor is when a knife looks neat to you
and you want it bad, therefore you will pay more for the knife, because
you have got to have it.
The company may have gone out of business and that will sometimes make a
knife go up in value.
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1. something short-lived: something that is
transitory and without lasting significance
collectable items: a range of collectable items that were
originally designed to be short-lived • He’s a collector of ticket
stubs, movie passes, and other ephemera.
Select categories of collected ephemera include:
Prints and Maps
Historic and Celebrity
Post Cards, Trade Cards
Paper Dolls, Valentines
Vintage Letterheads, other
Calendar Art, Catalogs
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