|Mooney Warther's fighting knife. He stopped working on fighters the day peace broke out.|
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Ohio Gun Collectors Association (OGCA) held their only meeting in the northern part of the state at the I-X Center in Cleveland. It is a gun collectors meeting and not a gun show (even though it looks, talks and walks like a gun show), but I was disappointed by how few knives were present. I was even more disappointed by the prices and lack of attendance.
The IX center is a cave–like building. The impossibly high ceilings and open spaces need a lot of bodies to fill it. There were 800+ tables but very little foot traffic.
One dealer had two Warther WWII fighting knives. The blades were scratched, not unexpected as Mooney Warther made metal sheaths
that used folded chevrons of metal to retain the knife. I didn’t ask, but I’ve been told that these knives sell for over $9000 in mint condition. I didn’t ask the dealer his price.
I stopped off at another dealer who had a nice selection of Randall knives. He had a smallish one with a black micarta handle and a 3 to 4 inch blade. I thought “Why not?” and asked the price. He wanted $600. I was thinking I’d spend $150-$200. Oh well, if everyone could afford them, collectors would not be interested in them.
My knife table backed up to LT Wright and his wife from Blind Horse Knives www.blindhorseknives.com. They are both nice people and good gun show neighbors.