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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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(10) UTILITY TYPE KNIFE LOT
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
(10) UTILITY TYPE KNIFE LOT
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$2715 Bids
(3) Old Timer Schrade USA Fixed Blade Knives
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
(3) Old Timer Schrade USA Fixed Blade Knives
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$10014 Bids
REMINGTON STREN ANGLER'S KNIFE
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
REMINGTON STREN ANGLER'S KNIFE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$4514 Bids
IMPERIAL & PUMA HUNTING KNIVES
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
IMPERIAL & PUMA HUNTING KNIVES
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$11014 Bids
Case XX Fixed Blade Hunter Knife
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Case XX Fixed Blade Hunter Knife
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $75- $125
$4513 Bids
SCHATT & MORGAN QUEENS STEEL KNIFE
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
SCHATT & MORGAN QUEENS STEEL KNIFE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$6511 Bids
GERBER PUSH BUTTON LOCK BACK KNIFE
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
GERBER PUSH BUTTON LOCK BACK KNIFE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$6511 Bids
SCHATT & MORGAN QUEENS STEEL KNIFE
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
SCHATT & MORGAN QUEENS STEEL KNIFE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$3010 Bids
GERBER LOCKBACK KNIFE - NEW in BOX
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
GERBER LOCKBACK KNIFE - NEW in BOX
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$3510 Bids
REMINGTON R2 WATERFOUL KNIFE
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
REMINGTON R2 WATERFOUL KNIFE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $60- $120
$358 Bids
Remington Mini-Trapper Pocket Knife
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Remington Mini-Trapper Pocket Knife
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$268 Bids
Fixed Blade Knife With Sheath
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Fixed Blade Knife With Sheath
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1108 Bids
(2) STAUER FOLDING LOCKBACK KNIVES
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) STAUER FOLDING LOCKBACK KNIVES
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$217 Bids
SIGNED CHUCK BUCK TRAPPER KNIFE in BOX
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
SIGNED CHUCK BUCK TRAPPER KNIFE in BOX
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$206 Bids
Tiffany & Co. New York 0 Broadway Ivory Handle Dagger
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Tiffany & Co. New York 0 Broadway Ivory Handle Dagger
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
Rehwappen Solingen Knife, Fixed Blade
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rehwappen Solingen Knife, Fixed Blade
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $25- $50
$176 Bids
RANDALL MADE KNIFE MODEL 12 SPORTSMANS BOWIE
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
RANDALL MADE KNIFE MODEL 12 SPORTSMANS BOWIE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,400
$6255 Bids
A SHEFFIELD BOWIE KNIFE
May 25, 10:00 AM MDT
A SHEFFIELD BOWIE KNIFE
by Auctions Imperial LLC
Est: $100- $200
$1504 Bids
RANDALL MADE KNIFE SMALL CUSTOM BOWIE W SHEATH
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
RANDALL MADE KNIFE SMALL CUSTOM BOWIE W SHEATH
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,300
$3804 Bids
CUSTOM RANDALL MADE MODEL 11 ALASKAN SKINNER KNIFE
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
CUSTOM RANDALL MADE MODEL 11 ALASKAN SKINNER KNIFE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $850- $1,000
$3603 Bids
Damascus skinning knife
Jun 13, 6:00 PM CDT
Damascus skinning knife
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $20- $200
$503 Bids
(15pc) Pocket Knives, Hunting Knife, Compass
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
(15pc) Pocket Knives, Hunting Knife, Compass
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
CASE BOSS & SIDEWINDER KNIVES w/ BOXES
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
CASE BOSS & SIDEWINDER KNIVES w/ BOXES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1203 Bids
KNIVES
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
KNIVES
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1253 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sporting Knives


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Vintage Auctions

Vintage Auctions