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dannycanuck

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Looking for some advice - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:38 PM ( #1 )
Hi guys, So I bought a new house last Christmas and I finally got around to dealing with storing my various Cold Steel Items. I don't have near the same storage that I had at my last place (although this place is bigger). It got me thinking. What the hell am I doing? I haven't bought any Cold Steel in a long time. This is partly due to my carrier change. I make less, but I am happier. But I don't really have the expendable cash to keep buying this stuff unless I sacrifice something else important in my life (for example, travel - where I funnel most of my spare cash). I also have a lot of this stuff, and I'm not ever going to use it. Yes, it is fun to handle, but I wonder if that is worth it. Another thing is that with the new storage it isn't easy to take stuff out. I also have to maintain it (in particular against rust, pitting etc.). Yet another thing is that some of this stuff I don't have a damned clue how to use properly. I used to train with longswords, messers, and daggers. But I don't know how to use a halberd properly. So I got a 7 foot halberd to deal with, for example. It is a pain to store, not easy to handle, and I don't even know how to use it. I'm just not sure that I am getting as much out of it, and many other things, as I should or as much as I used to. In short, I'm thinking I am at a crossroads. I either keep this stuff and forge ahead (there are a ton of great cold steel items I have my eye on) or I pull out. I am thinking about the latter. I am thinking about selling almost all my cold steel except the stuff I use (for example the trail boss sees a lot of action). With the money I want to buy a nice longsword, messer, and dagger (maybe something custom, with belts and all the bells and whistles) as momentos of the training I used to do (my doctor told me to stop training because it was destroying my body I had serious issues with kness, my right hip and my right lower ribs). That's it. I don't really want the expense or hassle of expanding and maintaining this collection. I then want to take the money I'd be saving to fix up the house, take vacations, and so on. The problem is selling this stuff. I can't exactly fit a grosse messer in an envelope (I'm afraid that the cost of time alone, assuming my time is worth something, would make selling this stuff the same as giving it away). I also don't want to be selling this stuff on Kijiji and doing deals in a parking lot. So I am so absolutely intimidated by the prospect of selling things off. So I don't know what to do. I thought maybe I could see if some of the local sword and knife shops would by anything, but I don't know if they would. My wife also suggested pawn shops. Any suggestions/thought? Anybody want to talk me off the ledge? I totally respect the hobby, but I am just not sure it is for me anymore.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 1:32 PM ( #2 )
I hear ya...have been thinking a bit about this myself lately.  Seems the thrill really is in the chase as they say...but once you have it, then what?  I don't use any of it other than whatever folder I'm carrying.  Some of my stuff is displayed, which is nice, but most of it just sits in boxes in the basement.  I only hope that a lot of it has gone up in value.  My son will be going to college (hopefully) in a few years, so the money would certainly come in handy.  I already buy/sell on eBay, so that's where I would go if I decide to liquidate, but my stuff is all small enough to ship easy.  Pawn shops may work out OK for the larger items that would be a pain to package/ship, but you'll only get about 30-50% of what it's worth at the most, so I would consider that only for the real awkward things.  Good luck!
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Re:Looking for some advice - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:05 PM ( #3 )
Yeah I am not worried about the small stuff. For one, storage isn't a problem. Still, because I am not using it, I might dump some of them and they are easy to ship. My big concerns are my Swiss Halberd, Boar Spear, Viking Axe, and Great Sword. I'm wondering if I shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water and just get rid of those because they are a nightmare to store (the fact that the great sword has no sheath is a real problem). The rest I at least have somewhat of a storage solution. But, again, it seems I either need to stay the course or abandon ship. This means that the other swords, some of the specialty items (like the mace, war hammer, etc) should probably go too. Not to mention all the money tied up in these things that are literally just sitting there. I just can't see how my life is better this way than with that money in my pocket. I'm not at all saying I don't want ANY knives/swords/etc. but I think that I really need to re-think about what is important. The most important things are probably a) will I use it? b) do I even know how to use it? c) do I have room for it in a way that makes sense. So really, its just got to be utility items and, as I said, stuff I used to train with. It would be just dandy to have a little display for a longsword, a messer, and a dagger. That I could totally live with. It would be easy to display, maintain, and play with three items. Everything else I would just have for every day (or even once in a while) use. This would also mean that I could free things up for some CS stuff I want for utility, such as the special forces shovel. Another thing I am struggling with is if I have those three items, where should I get them? I know cold steel has all three, but I am really looking for something special and might go higher-end/custom (the idea I am working with here is quality over quantity...not to say that Cold Steel isn't quality, but they don't have the greatest scabbards, or belts so you can wear these things, and there are things I would certainly improve about their items were it to meet my ideal). I just don't have a clue where to go for that stuff since I have been pretty much a dedicated CS enthusiast for the last 11+ years.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:18 AM ( #4 )
I have been thinking of selling off some stuff too, but like you, haven't been able to get around to doing any of it yet, for the same reasons. For the big items, I would suggest that you just hang them on the wall and display. Unless your area is very humid or something, you probably only have to do maintenance maybe four times a year. (If I had unlimited time and funds to spend on this stuff, I would love to display a few suits of armor in my entrance hall and have various large weapons hanging on my living room walls.)

As for the stuff you really need to sell, I think "arizonacustomknives.com" used to do a pretty good job of moving stuff relatively quickly. They recently had a website design change, though, and I'm not convinced that it's an improvement over the old design. I've also heard some quibbling on bladeforums that they were listing items with errors and other problems recently, including possibly the hurricane, as they're in Florida, not Arizona. So if you decide to sell through them, I would suggest picking one or two items that are not too expensive but that would probably sell quickly and see how the website does, before sending your whole collection. I don't know if they are understaffed, but it seems there is a long lag between the time you send an item in and the day it finally shows up for sale on the site. Full disclosure, I have purchased a bunch of stuff from them, with excellent results, but have never sent them anything to sell. Other than arizona c.k. I really don't know if any of the other sites are worth it. Maybe on bladeforums or maybe on the Cold Steel forums here would be better. Most other places seem just too small and undertrafficked by potential buyers. I see items sitting on small sites forever, waiting for a buyer. And I avoid ebay like the plague, so not too many good options, if you want to sell.

I don't see pawn shops or antique shops as the answer. You'll be lucky to get ten cents on the dollar for anything. Stores have high overhead and have to make a decent profit to survive.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:33 AM ( #5 )
For a longsword, messer and dagger, maybe try "kultofathena.com". They have a lot of inventory, many different makes, good prices, good reputation. Also try searching bladeforums or register there and ask for recommendations in the sword section. I'm on bladeforums, same username.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:52 AM ( #6 )
I have thinned my collection by a LOT. I got rid of anything that was a duplicate of a type of knife
Eg: I now only have one 4" bladed folder, one 7 1/2" bladed bowie etc...

My biggest regret was selling my SM III Natchez. Fortunately, I picked up another recently and redeemed myself.

It sounds like Ebay's Valet service might be just what you're looking for https://www.ebay.com/s/valet/faq

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Re:Looking for some advice - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:03 AM ( #7 )
I don't sell any part of my collection without a profit. Which is quite hard in a non knife/weapon oriented country. I rather trade with fellow enthusiasts or give stuff away to people who could make good use of it. Renaissance wax should give long protection. Store it well protected and keep it as heirloom pieces, you could make your grandchildren quite happy later.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:59 AM ( #8 )
Thanks for all the feedback everybody. I think when/if I get around to the small stuff I'll probably sell here on the CS forums. I'm not sure about wh sen/if about the small stuff simply because it isn't a big deal to store a pile of knives in a box or a drawer or something. A giant friggin' halberd (and the other giant items) is another story. I don't have the ability to store it. Right now it is sitting on the floor in my basement and, eventually, we want to get the basement furnished (we bought a place that is all set up for a really cool home theater with the fittings for a projector screen) so that isn't going to be a solution. I had an awesome walk in storage room at my last place that I used as an arsenal with hooks for everything. The problem was that I hated just about everything else about it. I am, overall, much happier where I am now. The other reason I am trying to figure this out is because moving made me realize that I just have way too much stuff in general. Having stuff to worry about gives me anxiety (life is full of worries and a lot of them have to do with the things you own, so I am trying to become more minimalist). I've gotten rid of a ton of stuff on Kijiji. I haven't gotten my money back. But I got some of it back and it has actually felt really good not to worry about that stuff anymore and to have more space and that extra little bit of cash sure helped. It was like a burden was lifted from my shoulders. I'm feeling real anxiety about getting rid of this CS stuff. Not because I think I'm going to be missing out (as I said, I never really use this stuff, and look at it maybe once or twice a year), but because it is something I want to do but I don't know how to do it and I think it is going to be hard to do it. I'm going to keep some of it, because it is really good stuff, but I simply can't keep it all and I couldn't even if I wanted to without a major sacrifice (like turning a room that we already use for a specific purpose into a giant weapon storage locker). I'll also check out some of the suggested sites for longswords, messers, and daggers.
I'm just a man, but I'm trying to do better.

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Re:Looking for some advice - Thursday, November 02, 2017 9:42 AM ( #9 )
I use flat rate boxes(USPS) so the buyer knows exactly what the shipping will cost so he can base his decision on that regardless of the size box. If they want it they will pay the shipping, it can also be used as a negotiating tool.
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Re:Looking for some advice - Thursday, November 02, 2017 11:09 AM ( #10 )
Unfortunately, I don't think some of these good suggestions, like the flat rate boxes or Ebay valet work for Canada.
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Horseman's Basket Hilt Sword, Hand and a half Sword, Grosse Messer, Boar Spear, Kudu, Battle Mace, Swiss Halberd, Norse Hawk, War Hammer, Large Sax Machete, True Flight Thrower, Boar Hunter, Warhead, Scimitar Spike, Canadian Belt Knife, Bushman, Black Rock Hunter, Large Plain Clip Point Voyager, Small Zytel Ti-Lite, Silver Plain Scimitar, Cruciform Dagger, Panga machete, Pipe Tomahawk, Small Sjambok, Italian Dagger, Great Sword, Mackinac Hunter, Brooklyn Smasher, Trail Boss, Viking Axe, Orange Survival Edge, Beaver Tail Mini Tac, Cutlass Machete, Counter Point XL, Pocket Bushman  
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Re:Looking for some advice - Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:19 AM ( #11 )
Hi everybody, I'm ready to move forward on some of this stuff. I'm looking to take care of some of the larger items first. I was wondering if some of you all with more experience could help me on prices even if they are ballparks that I can use as a starting point. This is what I am looking to move first: Horseman's Basket Hilt Sword (they don't make this anymore), Grosse Messer, Hand and a Half Sword (the older version with the shorter handle), Great Sword, Viking Axe, Swiss Halberd (the old version), Battle Mace (they don't make this anymore), War hammer (the old version), Boar Spear (the old version - with the leather sheath for the head), Italian Dagger. Thank you!
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Horseman's Basket Hilt Sword, Hand and a half Sword, Grosse Messer, Boar Spear, Kudu, Battle Mace, Swiss Halberd, Norse Hawk, War Hammer, Large Sax Machete, True Flight Thrower, Boar Hunter, Warhead, Scimitar Spike, Canadian Belt Knife, Bushman, Black Rock Hunter, Large Plain Clip Point Voyager, Small Zytel Ti-Lite, Silver Plain Scimitar, Cruciform Dagger, Panga machete, Pipe Tomahawk, Small Sjambok, Italian Dagger, Great Sword, Mackinac Hunter, Brooklyn Smasher, Trail Boss, Viking Axe, Orange Survival Edge, Beaver Tail Mini Tac, Cutlass Machete, Counter Point XL, Pocket Bushman  

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