MT. VERNON — —
Collector Bob Rebbec of Bloomington bought a Remington knife at Saturday's show. He said he loves knives for all they can be used for.
“A knife can be a piece of art to man's oldest tool and everything in between,” Rebbec said.
Collector Eldon Autenrieth of Mt. Vernon said knives have gotten a bad reputation in recent years as dangerous weapons. But the people who collect them, he said, don't see them that way.
“They're tools. A knife is one of the original tools,” Autenrieth said.
And even though buying and selling knives was the main purpose of this weekend's show, participants also viewed it as a social gathering, said vendor Carl Becker of the Edwardsville area.
“We really enjoy this show immensely,” Becker said. “It's as much social as selling knives. We know most of the vendors here and the people and so we really enjoy the show.”
The nonprofit Jefferson County Custom Knife Club was formed in 1982. Proceeds from the show go toward the cost of putting on each year's event.