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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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RANDALL MADE FISHING KNIFE MODEL 10 -5 W SHEATH
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE FISHING KNIFE MODEL 10 -5 W SHEATH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $500- $700
$37518 Bids
Buffalo Horn Handles Double Edge Bowie
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Buffalo Horn Handles Double Edge Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$25010 Bids
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TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE & FIXED KNIVES LOT OF 3
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
TEXAS RANGER COMMEMORATIVE & FIXED KNIVES LOT OF 3
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1909 Bids
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FOLDING HUNTING KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 6
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
FOLDING HUNTING KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 6
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$3609 Bids
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INDIAN WARS US SPRINGFIELD M1880 HUNTING KNIFE
Nov 27, 1:00 PM EST
INDIAN WARS US SPRINGFIELD M1880 HUNTING KNIFE
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$4259 Bids
RANDALL MADE HUNTING KNIFE 7-5 W SHEATH & CASE
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE HUNTING KNIFE 7-5 W SHEATH & CASE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$5008 Bids
RANDALL MADE KNIFE 25-5 W SHEATH & STONE
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE KNIFE 25-5 W SHEATH & STONE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$4758 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 20 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 20 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$3208 Bids
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CIVILIAN HUNTING POCKET KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 8
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
CIVILIAN HUNTING POCKET KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 8
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$2107 Bids
Marbles Vintage Safety Folder Stag Handle Knife
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Marbles Vintage Safety Folder Stag Handle Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$4007 Bids
RANDALL MADE HUNTING FIGHTING KNIFE MODEL 1 SHEATH
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE HUNTING FIGHTING KNIFE MODEL 1 SHEATH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $700- $900
$3007 Bids
Ivory Handle Bowie A. Lewis Sheffield Leather Sheath
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Ivory Handle Bowie A. Lewis Sheffield Leather Sheath
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1507 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 12 - 8 BEAR BOWIE KNIFE & SHEATH
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 12 - 8 BEAR BOWIE KNIFE & SHEATH
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4756 Bids
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CIVILIAN HUNTING POCKET KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 6
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
CIVILIAN HUNTING POCKET KNIVES By CASE XX LOT OF 6
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$906 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 13 - 12c KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 13 - 12c KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$6256 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 5 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 5 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4505 Bids
LARGE MARINE CORP BOWIE TRIBUTE KNIFE W SHEATH
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE MARINE CORP BOWIE TRIBUTE KNIFE W SHEATH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$405 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 12 - 11 SMITHSONIAN BOWIE KNIFE
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 12 - 11 SMITHSONIAN BOWIE KNIFE
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$7255 Bids
RANDALL MADE KNIFE 12-11 LARGE BOWIE W SHEATH
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
RANDALL MADE KNIFE 12-11 LARGE BOWIE W SHEATH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$3255 Bids
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FOLDING HUNTING KNIFE LOT OF 7
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
FOLDING HUNTING KNIFE LOT OF 7
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1305 Bids
Joseph Rodgers No. 6 Folding Bowie
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Joseph Rodgers No. 6 Folding Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$605 Bids
14” Double Edged Ivory Handle Bowie
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
14” Double Edged Ivory Handle Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1505 Bids
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RANDALL MODEL 12 - 13 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
Nov 28, 1:00 PM EST
RANDALL MODEL 12 - 13 KNIFE & LEATHER SHEATH
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$6504 Bids
BUCK SWITCH BLADE POCKET KNIFE 112 NIB
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
BUCK SWITCH BLADE POCKET KNIFE 112 NIB
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$804 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sporting Knives


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