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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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Large Randall Knife with Sheath
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Randall Knife with Sheath
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$55013 Bids
Vintage Randall Knife with Sheath
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Randall Knife with Sheath
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$32511 Bids
3 Blade Colonel Coon Knife
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Blade Colonel Coon Knife
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$9011 Bids
Vintage Winchester Knife
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Winchester Knife
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$709 Bids
3 - 2 Blade Queen Steel Knives
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
3 - 2 Blade Queen Steel Knives
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$1008 Bids
4 Blade Camillus Knife w/Box
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
4 Blade Camillus Knife w/Box
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$357 Bids
Case XX 90 Hunting Knife with Antler Handle
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Case XX 90 Hunting Knife with Antler Handle
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$807 Bids
Vintage Marbles Fishing Knife
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Marbles Fishing Knife
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$607 Bids
3 Blade Case XX & Case XX Belt Buckle w/Leather Case
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Blade Case XX & Case XX Belt Buckle w/Leather Case
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$457 Bids
CARL SCHLIEPER SOLINGEN SPORTMAN BOWIE KNIFE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
CARL SCHLIEPER SOLINGEN SPORTMAN BOWIE KNIFE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$806 Bids
2 Blade Case Knife XX w/Box
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Blade Case Knife XX w/Box
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$456 Bids
3 Blade Purina Knife
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Blade Purina Knife
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
2 Blade Improved Muskrat Knife w/Display Box
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Blade Improved Muskrat Knife w/Display Box
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$306 Bids
LOT OF 11 SOG TACTICAL FOLDING KNIVES KNIFE
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 11 SOG TACTICAL FOLDING KNIVES KNIFE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$905 Bids
3 Blade Purina Knife
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Blade Purina Knife
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
2 Blade Case XX Knife w/Box
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Blade Case XX Knife w/Box
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
STAINLESS STEEL GARCIA SURVIVAL KNIFE WITH STONE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
STAINLESS STEEL GARCIA SURVIVAL KNIFE WITH STONE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$905 Bids
Western USA Knife with Sheath
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Western USA Knife with Sheath
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
Native American Indian bone trap springs
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Native American Indian bone trap springs
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$905 Bids
G. Wostenholm I-XL bowie knife and sheath
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
G. Wostenholm I-XL bowie knife and sheath
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$4105 Bids
POCKET KNIFE LOT OF 3 AG RUSSELL EAGLE BRAND ETC
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
POCKET KNIFE LOT OF 3 AG RUSSELL EAGLE BRAND ETC
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$404 Bids
RLC 2013 Super Treasure Hunt Set
Nov 04, 6:00 PM CDT
RLC 2013 Super Treasure Hunt Set
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$604 Bids
RLC 2010 Treasure Hunt Set
Nov 04, 6:00 PM CDT
RLC 2010 Treasure Hunt Set
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids

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