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Sporting Knives

Sporting knives have been in use for thousands of years, the first with blades of flint that could be sharpened and used for hunting or self defense. By the Middle Ages, the forging of metal brought forth innovations in weaponry that included many styles of daggers, swords, and spearing pieces.

In the 19th century, commercial manufacturing of sporting knives began, with industry giants like Bowie and Russell making their first appearances. Over the past two centuries, hundreds of knife makers have come and gone, producing thousands of sporting knives that proliferate the markets today as collector’s items.

Every sporting knife tells a story, whether the history of its surface wear or the innate details of its manufacturing run. While some collectors generalize their sporting knife acquisitions, others specialize based on features such as pattern, handle material, and brand name. Variations in knife design include fixed blade, folding, and pocket knives. Of the knives collected today, Case, Schrade, Buck, Swiss Army, Remington, Winchester, and Victorinox are some of the more popular.


Quick Facts

  • "Patina" refers to visible aging on the bolsters and liners of a knife. It is considered a desirable trait in a collectible knife
  • The jackknife was invented by Frenchman Jacques de Liege during the 16th century
  • Martin and Associates of San Francisco has sold many sporting knives at auction, including a Bowie knife for $125,000, the Bill Williamson collection for $1 million, and the Scheiner/Berryman collection of Bowie knives for $3 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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Push Dagger 7"L, Ebony Wood Handle, Stamped, M. Price, San Fran
Feb 24, 1:00 PM EST
Push Dagger 7"L, Ebony Wood Handle, Stamped, M. Price, San Fran
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$37524 Bids
INTER ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE DAGGER
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
INTER ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE DAGGER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$27018 Bids
Hubertus Mammoth Cased Knife
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Hubertus Mammoth Cased Knife
by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $40- $60
$8011 Bids
RANDALL MADE MODEL 2 FIGHTING STILETTO KNIFE
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE MODEL 2 FIGHTING STILETTO KNIFE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $700- $900
$40010 Bids
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H.H. FRANK DAGGER FOLDING KNIFE Oregon, Contemporary Length 3.5". Length when open 6".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
H.H. FRANK DAGGER FOLDING KNIFE Oregon, Contemporary Length 3.5". Length when open 6".
by Eldred's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$9,0009 Bids
schrade 1990 limited edition the great american outdoors scrimshaw set
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
schrade 1990 limited edition the great american outdoors scrimshaw set
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $400- $500
$1759 Bids
Antique Tibetan Dagger With Sheath
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Tibetan Dagger With Sheath
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$759 Bids
CASE XX 1975 Bone handled Barlow Knife
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
CASE XX 1975 Bone handled Barlow Knife
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $125- $150
$709 Bids
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OWEN WOOD DAGGER FOLDING KNIFE Colorado/Texas, Contemporary Length 4".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
OWEN WOOD DAGGER FOLDING KNIFE Colorado/Texas, Contemporary Length 4".
by Eldred's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,2508 Bids
Gerber Bear Grylls Knife & Pentax Binoculars
Feb 24, 7:00 AM PST
Gerber Bear Grylls Knife & Pentax Binoculars
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$357 Bids
bulldog brand 1st gen green bone trapper
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
bulldog brand 1st gen green bone trapper
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $100- $125
$507 Bids
Knife Collection
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Knife Collection
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$857 Bids
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CHARLES BENNICA FOLDING KNIFE France, Contemporary Length 4".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
CHARLES BENNICA FOLDING KNIFE France, Contemporary Length 4".
by Eldred's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2,3007 Bids
ja hinckles german stainless whittler
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
ja hinckles german stainless whittler
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $60- $100
$457 Bids
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RON LAKE FOLDING KNIFE Eugene, Oregon, Active 1965-2000 Length including bail 2.75".
Feb 28, 9:30 AM EST
RON LAKE FOLDING KNIFE Eugene, Oregon, Active 1965-2000 Length including bail 2.75".
by Eldred's
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$2,6007 Bids
VINTAGE WANDY INOX ITALIAN STILETTO SWITCHBLADE
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
VINTAGE WANDY INOX ITALIAN STILETTO SWITCHBLADE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1107 Bids
bulldog brand solingen germany stag canoe 1992 stag
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
bulldog brand solingen germany stag canoe 1992 stag
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $100- $125
$507 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sporting Knives


Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Eldred's

Eldred's

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Centurion Auctions

Centurion Auctions