Club News for 2018

Please prepare now for our 2019 upcoming show in April! The SHOW dates for 2019 are Friday April 5th, 6th and 7th.



WOW! What a great show we had! Please take the time to see some of the pictures from our 2018 SVKC knife show.



Boyd Burkholder and Larry Gray did all the table layout prior to the show which saved hours of time for our Friday morning set up. Thank you Boyd and Larry for your help.







































Febuary 20th 2018 Club Meeting

We had a wonderful meeting last night with great food and drinks. Peter Frye gave us his story of how he got involved in knife making and knife collectiing. Thanks Peter! we enjoyed you giving us a litlle part of your past with knives and the love for them.


Peter Frye





















Several of our members brought knives to the meeting for show and tell.

Below are some pictures of Gene Sampson and Mike Martin with some of their collection. If you are interested in any of their knives or just have questions, I'm sure they would be glad to answer any questions.


Gene Sampson (540) 574-0824





Mike Martin (540) 836-6788




Febuary 20th 2018

We were so sorry to hear of one of our dearest members Ben Hulsey has past away and going home to heaven. We will surely miss our dear friend and club member. Below is his obituary for your review. Sometimes a picture of his brings back memories of such a kind hearted man we will truly miss.



February 6th 2018


The Shenandoah Valley Knife Collectors were saddened to hear of the loss of one of our dear member, Gary Hunt.

Below is the Obituary for Gary Hunt. He will truly be missed.


January 27th 2018

Below at the Fishersville Gun Show are SVKC members Jim and Scott Watson. Jim is one of the best in leather work and has a great knowledge in knife making. Jim has brought his son Scott into the world of knife making as well. Scott is now custom making his own knives with designs of his own that are creative and making wonderful hunting or working type knives.

Jim and Scott can be contacted for leather work , knives for sale or orders for custom knives at 434 823-1314.




                                                    January 27th 2018

Below is Gene Sampson with the Shanandoah Knife Collectors at the Fishersville Gun Show.

Gene has been a long time member serving as our President, Vice President, Secretary and Club committee for over 25 years and has a world of information on all levels of knives, their values and history.

If you are interested in talking to Gene or purchasing some of his knives for sale please contact him at 540-810-0696.





2018 News:

We had unexspected weather conditions for our 1st club meeting in  2018. Some of our regular members were not able to attend our meeting held on January 16th 2018 so our sweet dear Vice President Donna Sampson took the time to edit and send out meeting information from this past Tuesday nights meeting.

Please see meeting minutes posted below. We hope to see all of you at our next meeting scheduled for Febuary 20th 2018.


Shenandoah Valley Knife Collectors January 16, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 7:30. Donna welcomed the guests in attendance.

Liz Judd read November meeting minutes. (Will mail you)

Ralph gave the Treasurer’s report. (Will mail you)

We voted on three new members that were unanimously voted into our club.

Keith Dovel from Grottoes, Robert (Bob) Stover from McGaheysville, and Jagger Siever from Harrisonburg. All three are knife collectors and excited to become members of our club.

Ralph reported there is one table left for the club Knife Show. All club knives are sold. One prototype will be auctioned at the show banquet. He has one club knife left from last year. He passed around a brochure on a Great Eastern gun stock knife that he made the recommendation for our next club knife.

This might be a good possibility for next year which will be our 30 Anniversary.

Gene shared with the club about the Knife Road Show which is organized by Bruce Voyles.

Club members may want to consider attending this show which will be March 2nd and 3rd in Dalton, GA.

Central Kentucky Knife Show will be in Lexington, KY on August 17th and 18th. It was also mentioned that anyone desiring to attend the Blade Show the club will cover travel and room.

It was good to have Dr. Cason at our meeting. He is a long time member with this being the first meeting he has attended since 1998.

Many expressed missing Steve Thomas, President due to the inclement weather and traveling over Afton Mountain. You were missed!

The 50/50 was won by Pete Robinson and he gave back the $24.50 to the club.

Meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,

Donna Sampson

Vice-President SVKC




                       MAY 18th  2017 - Welcome Boy Scouts! 


At the May 18th meeting, the SVKC was privileged to host Boy Scout Troop #124 of Tenth Legion,  north of Harrisonburg.  There were 30 scouts and family members present.  They were treated to a presentation by club member Edmund Davidson on the subject of making integral knives. Edmund described his history in the knife making field, from conventional stock removal hunting knives with applied holsters and handle scales, to his development of the integral knife, in which one piece of steel is used  for blade, bolster, and butt.  A continuing theme in his presentation to the scout troop was setting a goal, pursuing it and not giving up.

At the close of Edmund's presentation, he fielded questions from the scouts.  Following that, Wes Shrader donated a vintage Boy Scout knife which was won by Scout Aiden Kline. A second prize, one of Edmund's hard cover books about the integral knife and his career, was won by Scout Jacob Dellinger.

Another highlight of the evening was the recognition given to two young members of the SVKC who recently were graduated from high school:  Grace Hewitt, grand-daughter of Wes and Sharon Shrader, and Drew Durham, grandson of Davy Aylor.  Congratulations were given to both of them, and best wishes in their upcoming college careers!


Edmund Davidson and his presentation to Boy Scout Troop #124 of Tenth Legion