Man, y'all have some cool stuff!!!! I'm drooling!!!!
Most of the pictures I have are of knives that are no longer with me - I sold off a good chunk of my collection to "bankroll" my then-new real-live-baby, my now 5-year-old daughter, Anna.
Here's one of my recent posts, which detailed some of my past (and present) Striders and Emersons: Strider Knives... One word... WOW!!!!
- post 6 in that thread.
Here's another few:
I still own both of these Blackwoods - a Ti Karambit ("Hurricane," or as Neil used to call it, the "Son of a B**ch!") and a Ti Fiend. I also have a Carbon-Fiber Mellee HPR with twin Mosaic pins, but I don't think I ever took a picture of that one.
I'm still afraid to spin the Hurricane, and I swear that she makes this weird resonance when she slices through the air. Very cool, very scary.
And speaking of scary.....
....sadly, I sold both the Toxic Feather (top) and the Toxic Spill. Eric Blair is a wonderful craftsman, and these pieces were absolutely eye-poppingly beautifully wicked.
^ I still have my Strider Tiger (with custom Snoody sheath). It scares me, but in a good way.
^ I sadly no longer own this extra-large Hellfire. Hinderer is a great guy, and I highly recommend getting one of his pieces.
And as y'all know from another thread, I have a fetish for automatics. I'll lead off with a few that I no longer own:
^ A production Scarab. Nothing special, but it was *F*U*N* with capital letters!
^ A Lightfoot semi-custom that I no longer own. I still own a Lightfoot, his prize-winning (Vegas 2003) Full Contact Fighter.
^ A Brend grind Combat Talon II.
^ A Microholics.org Forum Halo II - and yes, I still have this one. No, it's not for sale.
^ A Duncan Whiplash DA, Ti-frame. Not really sure of the genesis of this piece.
^ A custom-worked (Tritium inserts in the pivot pin) Terzuola ATCF DA. Like the other two, I still have this piece.
So, as y'all can see, I've got some fetishes - automatics, recurved blades, karambits.
What started me down this path was actually something somewhat academic. I'd always had a pocket-knife as a kid, but it wasn't until I was mentored as a histology tech., in my undergrad days, that I got hooked on *really* sharp knives. Carrying around - and properly using - a microtome blade was just an awesome feeling, and that sparked my obsession. My first good knife was a Spyderco Howard Viele (I don't collect Spydercos, but in addition to that piece, I also still have a Ti Lum and a Terzuola) which I bought new, for $80, back in 1999 or 2000. On a lark, I checked its price on the market, today. Yeah, that blew my mind.