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Postby Dirk Williams » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:22 pm

Been watching the cutlery show on tv. Have purchased a couple of the 20 knife sets for like 120.00 done this twice now. The idea is to use these knives for barter. Not willing to barter firearms or bullets, thought this might just work.

Any thoughts on bartering knives in a situation. Got like 38 of the dang things now.

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Re: Barter knives

Postby ForwardPreppers » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:23 pm

I plan on doing the same thing. I work for a company that is headquartered in Switzerland. They like to use the Swiss Army Knife as a give away. I hae about 100 of them to us for barter.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby longrifle » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:27 pm

I bought my father-in-law a couple of those sets so he would always have some knives around his farm, and you get what you pay for. Those knives don't hold an edge and fall apart really easy, so I don't know about bartering with something that going to hold up. If it comes to bartering to survive I would want someone angry about the knife he just got from me looking for me. I actually started building my own knives, they are not pretty but they work good and are cheap to make. I just don't like the ideas of trading something that I know is not going to hold up.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby Das Sheep » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:41 pm

I think food, water, booze, smokes, coffee and chocolate will be the best items. If you do not end up trading, you can always use that stuff yourself, and no one can kill you with it. You can buy 300 pounds of rice for $120 bucks, and I imagine starving people will be more desirous of food then cooking knives, which most people will already have. Or 30 packs of smokes, 12 handles of cheap booze, 360 Hershey's chocolate bars, 40 cases of water or many other things.

The knives do have an advantage that they take up very little room, and in a TEOTWAWKI where production and trade break down, they might be handy years later when no new ones are coming in, but in the short term I think they would not be as useful as things people will not have and will need to survive.

But thats just my opinion.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby Tom Bergstrand » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:43 pm

Sportmans Guide has 30 paring knives for just under $17. They are German Army surplus. I don't have the catalogue in front of me but I believe the blades are 2 1/2 inches with about a 4 inch handle. Very good for kitchen or skinning or fileting.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby TheLight » Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:11 pm

I won't barter cheap-sh!t items. My reputation will be on the line and will most likely count for a lot more post-shtf.
I have a bunch of items that I used to use regularly but have since been put in storage. Those will be my main barter items. I do like the idea of stockpiling knives, though. I will probably pick up a larger order of Moras at some point. They're excellent little knives for the price and I wouldn't hesitate to use one myself. In fact, I have one in my BOB as a backup in case my main breaks. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for other solid barter knives now as well.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby ForwardPreppers » Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:17 pm

TheLight wrote:I won't barter cheap-sh!t items. My reputation will be on the line and will most likely count for a lot more post-shtf.
I have a bunch of items that I used to use regularly but have since been put in storage. Those will be my main barter items. I do like the idea of stockpiling knives, though. I will probably pick up a larger order of Moras at some point. They're excellent little knives for the price and I wouldn't hesitate to use one myself. In fact, I have one in my BOB as a backup in case my main breaks. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for other solid barter knives now as well.


Well said, I agree. We have to very carefull about the quality of the items we barter with. Our reputation for supplying good quality products will go along way post shtf. It can take years to build a reputation, but you can destroy it in seconds.
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Re: Barter knives

Postby Dirk Williams » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:50 am

Interesting. Frost cutlery knifes are ok, after reading your cheap and won't hold an edge post I started to use one daily . I use it for a hammer, a knife, as screw driver. Whittled a stick with it and been throwing it at a tree in the back yard.

I simply reached into the box and grabbed what was on top. It's a Slip Not Skinner 16-0550B/B. a full tang 8/10 inch overall length. Rubber coated handle with a full1/4 inch back bone. if I had no knife, I'd be happy to have this knife it also has a cheap nylon sheath for 10.00 not a bad poker.

I then used a stone to re sharpen the blade and guess what. It's still a knife. It's still sharp and it's still a bartering item in my supply's.

I would suggest that if you feel the Need to purchase quality knives for barter you consider cost VS use related issues.

I own ESSEEs, Randals,Reeves, Cold Steel. Etc etc. I have no intentions of bartering of my personal knives, for any reason.

Regarding cost VS barter. I have at least twenty knives to barter for the cost of 1/2 of my personal carry knives.

Best of luck to you.

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Re: Barter knives

Postby maricar » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:29 am

Purchasing quality knives is the best idea regardless of how much the cost will be as long as the stuff would last for a long time.

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