I’ve recently come into a fantastic Schrade Old Timer 8ot Stockman and I’d like some opinions on what I should do with it.
If you read my previous post about classic pocket knives, I’m a big fan of stockman and whittler knife designs. I’ve been dissatisfied with my Boker stockman’s performance and have been looking for the perfect replacement for a while.
Well, I have to give credit where it’s due. My wife really came through for me on my birthday (July 7th if you want to send gifts.) Aside from the excellent selection of pipe tobacco, the pipe stand and the pipe ashtray, she surprised me with a knife that I’d been eyeing for a while.
About a week prior to my birthday, my wife and I were searching through an antique store looking for a chest of drawers to refurbish. I came across this Old Timer locked away in a glass case. It was made in 2000 and is still in its original case.
Here’s where I have to point out a few things. The Schrade Old Timer fits all of my requirements for the perfect stockman replacement in the Duncan Trio. It’s in perfect condition, is an appropriate size (too small won’t due and too big is overkill,) it’s pre-2004 which means it’s still quality American workmanship, and is a truly beautiful piece that I am sure will look nice beside either of my Schrade Sharpfinger fixed-blade knives.
So here is my dilemma. I now have three options on how to handle this knife.
First, I can open the case and begin carrying it immediately.
Second, I can leave it in its case and keep it as a collectible.
Third, I could sell it. Based on a few ebay searches, I could sell it for six times what we paid for it.
Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about the knife and what I should do with it.
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