"Everything old is new again"
Alright, lets just start by getting this out of the way, traditional knives are not for everyone. They are often most thought of as the knives our grandfathers carried. Older knives that often take two hands to open and are rarely made out of steels outside of 1095 carbon steel, unlabeled stainless (usually in the 420-440 range) and other more 'budget steels' such as Case's crome vanadium used on its more 'premium' versions.
Often, instead of the modern 'wonder materials' such as g10's, carbon fibers, and titanium, their handles are made of bone, old woods, brass, and nickle silver. Instead of modern frame, piston, triad, or even liner locks, they rely on good ol' spring tension to keep the knife in place. In almost every way, these knives are, to put it bluntly, relics of the old ways.
But like many 'old things' they don't stay old forever. Not just in materials such as brass making a comeback but older crafts, brewing your own beer (craft beer craze comes to mind), as well as the desire for a more charming simpler time. Things that remind us to slow down, but don't slow us down in our day to day lives.
Things like these old knives have been making a comeback. In the edc communities, many are starting to re-evaluate and appreciate some of the older knives. While they will never be a good choice for a defensive or tactical knife, for an everyday tool knife, you may find yourself hard pressed to find a more eager companion. Often with multiple blades, specialized for specific tasks, these pocket tools always manage to find a creative use in the right hands.
And these blades aren't just stuck in the past. Case has been making knives pretty much non stop since the great wars, but more recent companies have sprung up, Great Eastern Cutlery, Northwoods, all taking classic designs and making them new again. Some even use modern materials in their construction, not only in synthetics, even g10 and micarta for scales, but even with blade steels. Case themselves are even offering blades in 154cm steel.
I suppose what I am getting at is, are there any interests here in such old style knives? If so perhaps maybe we could try to organize a drop or two. I know I myself have started carrying one as a second blade in my front pocket, and find myself going to it more than my modern folders. For art, I use them to sharpen my pencils, I cut apples with them, and they never once merit a frightened glance in public, if anything they start pleasant conversations. Unlike say my 'murdery' ZT 0450cf, these knives have a simple elegance only an unassuming tool has. That alone makes them well worth working into my daily carry system. That and I find the variety of blades has given me more control in many day to day cutting tasks.