Who uses "commemorative" gear ?

Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by victoratsea, May 10, 2019.

?

Do you use or save commemoritive gear?

  1. Use It

    66.7%
  2. Save it

    12.8%
  3. Other

    20.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. victoratsea

    victoratsea LB #42 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    10,946
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Lately I've been using my 125 anniversary Moras and my 25 anniversary Buck Ranger.
    P5100299.JPG
    P5100296.JPG
    Folks I know see me using them and ask "You use that knife?" I answer "Sure, why not?" They often respond
    " you'll ruin the collector value!" I'll squint at them and tell them they watch too much "Antiques Roadshow".
    Do you folks buy commemorative gear and use it, or do you put it away for some kind of future investment?
    I use this stuff all the time; I love them for what they are, not for how much money they might bring later.
    Victor
     
  2. M.Hatfield

    M.Hatfield Midnight Joker #42 Lifetime Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 29, 2015
    Messages:
    6,406
    Likes Received:
    44,721
    Location:
    New England
    While I don't own those exact knives, I do use knives that are geared to be collector pieces.

    An example is this one below that my Dad had made for me more than 10 years ago to mark the accomplishment of Eagle Scout. :42:

    3680988727_358d84402a_z.jpg

    Gets used in the kitchen at least once a week. I really should take some new photo's of it. :confused:
     
    freebirdfb, Kona9, 45jack and 18 others like this.
  3. victoratsea

    victoratsea LB #42 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    10,946
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    That's so cool! Gorgeous knife! While I was thinking more along the lines of factory commemoratives. I think in your case, your Dad would be disappointed if you didn't use that knife, congratulations Eagle Scout.
    Victor
     
  4. BradGad

    BradGad Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    5,299
    Likes Received:
    26,441
    Location:
    NE Georgia
    The 125 Mora is such a sweetie. I have stained and sharpened it. Now I want to take it to a machine shop to get that swedge edge sharp for striking a ferro rod.

    Yeah, I use it.
     
  5. victoratsea

    victoratsea LB #42 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    10,946
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    The 125 classic has become my first EDC fixed blade; it's small enough to wear inside my pocket and not scare folks. I stained both the handle and the sheath.
    Victor
     
  6. BradGad

    BradGad Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    5,299
    Likes Received:
    26,441
    Location:
    NE Georgia
    I stained both the handle and the sheath and take it to work everyday, belt or bag.

    DD2707A3-75D8-461F-9E05-99E60D3B77CF.jpeg
     
  7. M.Hatfield

    M.Hatfield Midnight Joker #42 Lifetime Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 29, 2015
    Messages:
    6,406
    Likes Received:
    44,721
    Location:
    New England
    Looks like an amazing carry piece you have there. :dblthumb:
     
  8. BradGad

    BradGad Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    5,299
    Likes Received:
    26,441
    Location:
    NE Georgia
    Not quite... I need to take it to the Machine Tools sho where I work., Guys at my technical college....put somesharp edges on that swedge.

    Don’t strike a ferro rod.

    But, this and the GB Outdoor Axe... the perfect combo.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
  9. Beyond the Firelight

    Beyond the Firelight Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2018
    Messages:
    457
    Likes Received:
    3,735
    Location:
    Idaho
    I don't have any commemorative pieces, but if I did I wouldn't hesitate to use them. To me it seems like an insult to a good piece of gear not to let it get dirty once in a while. Good steel is good steel, it's not the blade's fault someone put a pretty stamp on it.
     
  10. CoolBreeze135

    CoolBreeze135 Scholarly Woodsman

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2014
    Messages:
    6,225
    Likes Received:
    30,861
    Location:
    The Wild and Wonderful Mountain State
    I, too, use my Mora 125. Good knife.
     
  11. victoratsea

    victoratsea LB #42 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    10,946
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I think the pretty stamp is all the more reason to take it out and use it! :dblthumb:
    Victor
     
  12. chndlr04

    chndlr04 roughian #2 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2015
    Messages:
    2,120
    Likes Received:
    8,374
    Location:
    Ruther glen, VA
    Never understood modern "Collectibles". It is so mass produced that i dont consider it a collectible. However its all about status and demand/trends. Wouldn't hestiate to use a collectible item though.
     
  13. Robedsubset

    Robedsubset Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2019
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    1,639
    Location:
    Maine
    To me, using it doesn’t mean that you are ruining it.
     
  14. adkwalker

    adkwalker Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,810
    Likes Received:
    6,499
    Location:
    central NY
  15. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Messages:
    14,526
    Likes Received:
    86,444
  16. central joe

    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2012
    Messages:
    12,238
    Likes Received:
    83,684
    Location:
    upstate south carolina
    If I need it and have it, I use it. joe
     
  17. kamagong

    kamagong Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    Messages:
    881
    Likes Received:
    2,695
    Anything designed to be collectible...isn't.
     
  18. Bobsdock

    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2017
    Messages:
    4,126
    Likes Received:
    24,310
    Location:
    Shell knob mo.
    I voted other.
    I'm with @Beyond the Firelight on this one if I owned one I would use it.

    @M.Hatfield that's a sweet blade your dad made for you.
    Does he still make knives ?
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2019
  19. M.Hatfield

    M.Hatfield Midnight Joker #42 Lifetime Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 29, 2015
    Messages:
    6,406
    Likes Received:
    44,721
    Location:
    New England
    He actually had a local knife maker, Lamont Coombs Jr., make it for me as a complete surprise. My Dad knew what I enjoyed and the local knife-maker, who does incredible work, delivered.
     
  20. mangorockfish

    mangorockfish Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2018
    Messages:
    458
    Likes Received:
    2,064
    I have #8 of 120 120th Anniversary Gretsch drum sets made and use them. I don't collect anything I can't use.
     
  21. JohnP

    JohnP No more half measures Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2011
    Messages:
    6,503
    Likes Received:
    30,217
    Location:
    Trinity, TX
    I don’t see much sense in having something I feel shouldn’t use. I use them.

    JohnP
     
  22. bush-hunter

    bush-hunter Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2017
    Messages:
    659
    Likes Received:
    2,806
    @BradGad someone else sharpens your knife?
     
  23. S.Decker

    S.Decker Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2017
    Messages:
    2,448
    Likes Received:
    12,820
    Location:
    Casco, Wisconsin
    Smirk.
     
  24. Tanner68

    Tanner68 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    524
    Location:
    LA Foothills, PRK (Peoples Republik of Kalifornia)
    Look at a big auction house like Rock Island. There are always lots of commemorative guns, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Most don't sell for any more than the non-commemoarative model of the exact same gun in the same condition. Sometimes they go for a slight discount compared to their standard model counterpart in like condition.

    No reason not to use the commemorative knives the OP mentioned.
     
  25. GKiT

    GKiT Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    4,706
    Likes Received:
    12,614
    Location:
    rural America but not as far out as I would like
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m likely to walk away from a table unless the meal is served on Franklin Mint Princess Diana Commemorative dinner ware.
    1C06ECC6-540D-48BD-A67F-786C8324BD66.jpeg
     
  26. bigfoots

    bigfoots Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Messages:
    1,070
    Likes Received:
    4,962
    Location:
    Baltimore county md
    I use my case xx Bradford centennial commemorative stockman. It's my gentleman's whittler. IMG_20190511_170255.jpg
     
  27. adkwalker

    adkwalker Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,810
    Likes Received:
    6,499
    Location:
    central NY
    Adventure Sworn BCUSA
    20170121_150005.jpg
     
  28. remington79

    remington79 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2010
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    1,218
    Location:
    various parts of the US
    It depends on what the item is. I’m never going to end up selling it or putting it in a museum so there’s no point in babying it. The only point in buying a commemorative is purely for bragging rights.
     
  29. JeffG

    JeffG Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2018
    Messages:
    1,642
    Likes Received:
    8,036
    Location:
    NE Wisconsin
    Nope. The commemoratives get put away, the off the shelf models of the same knife, get put to work.
     
    victoratsea likes this.
  30. FoxLite Gear

    FoxLite Gear Scout Vendor Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2018
    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    1,791
    Life is short, use it!
     
    Ohio_Steve and victoratsea like this.
  31. Gruxxx

    Gruxxx NRA Endowment Life Member Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    2,175
    Likes Received:
    7,931
    Commemorative stuff is often so flashy that I'm put off by it. I can't think of anything I own that's commemorative, in fact. If I did own something commemorative, though, I'd use it. I'm certainly more of a pragmatist.
     
    Coyotesilencer and victoratsea like this.
  32. Coyotesilencer

    Coyotesilencer Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2014
    Messages:
    485
    Likes Received:
    1,140
    Location:
    Southern Utah
    My son was born in 2014 which happened to be the 50th anniversary for the Buck 110 & Ruger 10/22. I can guarantee that when he is of age he will be happy to use the special edition models I picked up for him.

    My 125th Mora was modified by squaring up the spine the first week I got it. It's in the user rotation.

    I also feel there is a difference between commemorative or limited edition items and presentation and collectors items. There are editions made from fine materials or in presentation cases that could loose a lot of value by being used. They are not intended to be users. I don't have many things like that.
     
  33. victoratsea

    victoratsea LB #42 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    1,581
    Likes Received:
    10,946
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I'll agree that sometimes the commemoratives are overdone. Many, like the Buck and Moras in post# 1, just have a nice blade etching or stamping that make them pretty and kinda set them apart from all the rest. When I use them, I've got something a little different, I like that.
    Victor
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
  34. Ohio_Steve

    Ohio_Steve Lost again... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2019
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    1,960
    Location:
    Northern Ohio
    The only commemorative anything I have is a 40th anniversary Kelty external frame pack I bought back in the '90s (all of them were 40th anniversary, so no other option), and used the crap out of, and a 75th anniversary Ohio Gun Collectors' Association Daisy Model 25, which is still in the box, because I already have another well used 25. The latter is a limited run, but it cost the same as a regular new Model 25, so I picked one up.

    So, one vote for use, and one for save ends up a wash.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
    victoratsea and remington79 like this.
  35. aaronu

    aaronu Armchair Bushcrafter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2013
    Messages:
    2,706
    Likes Received:
    6,256
    Location:
    Marysville, WA
    Most of my good stuff is heirlooms. I come from practical people who valued things for their usefulness, not "stuff" for its own sake. Best way to commemorate my ancestors is to go and use things.

    My commemorative Stevens Favorite .22 rifle has been packed all over the woods, since I was a kid.

    Just got a Mora Classic 125th. Like others, I have already stained the handle and dyed the sheath. Great little knife. Admittedly not all that expensive (same goes for my .22) but I will use it.
     
    victoratsea likes this.
  36. Daveboone

    Daveboone Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2012
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    484
    If no use, no have. For the life of me I cant understand the idea behind a commemorative anything if it isn't going to get used....
    A few years ago I bought a Ducks Unlimited commemorative Marlin model 60 .22: stainless with a nice synthetic stock. Basically I bought it for what his drawing ticket cost: specifically I wanted a nice all weather .22 for a camp gun...first thing I did was trash the pos scope that was on it and mounted a more appropriate 1 " tube, sighted it in and used it. Granted it wasn't high end, but I have no use for closet queens.
     
    victoratsea likes this.
  37. Primordial

    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2017
    Messages:
    6,625
    Likes Received:
    54,398
    Location:
    Upper Great Lakes
    I haven't used it much as of yet, mainly because it's only a few years old, but this 50th anniversary Ruger 10/22 with a special Mannlicher stock is no safe queen. It's a classy, small game killing machine.

    100_2379.JPG

    100_2381.JPG

    100_2383.JPG

    100_2382.JPG

    100_2386.JPG

    It's the nicest looking 10/22 I've ever come across IMO.
     
    victoratsea, remington79 and bigfoots like this.
  38. IAOutdoors

    IAOutdoors Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2,368
    Likes Received:
    6,684
    Location:
    Iowa
    victoratsea likes this.

Share This Page