I have a friend who is a retired CPD who is an avid knife collector. He has some absolutely ridiculous number of knives. Some (?many) are kind of mundane. But he also have a goodly number of custom pieces. His particular passion seems to be smaller folders that are custom made. Some of the craftsmanship is really exceptional.
I am more into fighting knives. I have a number of folders like a Cold Steel Tanto folder with about a 4" blade. Nice piece that is inexpensive. I carry it in my vest at work regularly. This particularly because generally I am not allowed to carry a firearm.
I have long been a fan of automatics. I bought my first ones in Italy in the summer of '64. Unfortunately they were stolen; I would dearly love to have at least one of them - a chrom spear point 6" blade with stag bolsters. It opened with a most satisfying "thunk!"
I have via my friend been introduced to the world of knife collectors. In the process I have acquired a number of autos. I love the pop-up type. Switchblades are OK, but the push=buttons are really kool!
Yesterday I wandered about Evansville and vicinity with a friend. Our last stop was a smaller shop north by about 20 miles. Nothing too intriguing other than a Sig 239 in .357 Sig, which I was actually sorely tempted to purchase, if my wife wouldn't have killed me over it. But as we were about to leave I saw a display of knives - and they were autos. Benchmade. Ended up buying a push-button called Infidel. About 3-1/2" or so long, black. Comes out with authority, pulls in with the switch. So I have another addition to my collection.
?Any of you guys have neat knives. Don't have to be autos, or even folders. Fixed blades are kool, too. Describe what floats your boat vis a vis a knife.