I continue to have people contact me about where they can find knives, or with photos of their latest finds. It’s good to see people still showing a strong interest in these old WW-2 knives. One dealer I know has been busy listing knives on consignment for exorbitant prices! I know that is how he makes his living BUT if I were the consignee, I would be embarrassed at the asking prices. It has been a long time since I bought an F/S because the prices are like bitcoins. Can one really justify $7,000 for a First Pattern knife?
Due to the high prices and lack of nice F/S specimens, my interests have turned back to some of my earlier hobbies; Single Shot rifles, Japanese style swords, practicing my swordsmanship, reading and writing about the Celtic faith. Also I have vowed to get out and do more shooting this coming year. I have been reluctant to shoot because of the skyrocketing price and scarcity of ammo. So I am back to doing another hobby, reloading ammo for my rifles that shoot obsolescent cartridges. Even reloading is becoming very pricy. I have to wonder if there isn’t some conspiracy to take all of the fun out of our lives, to price us into a state of mummification. Stay at home, sit on the couch, watch mind altering shows on the boob tube. Watch the propaganda channels and believe that everything is just fine. Here are a few of the Single Shot rifles I reload for: 3 modern Sharps (45-70, 50-140, & 40-90 calibers) and an antique Remington 38-55.