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wulfgar1976
07-26-2010, 08:28 AM
I collect 19th Century telescopes and have recently started looking at pocket watches after buying a 19th Century model. I suppose I should prefer to use a straight razor given my interest in the 18th and 19th Centuries, but I think I'll stick to my safeties. I also collect Anglo Saxon artefacts (keys, buckles, arrow heads - anything that sparks my interest).

I like anything that is well-made and built to last. Aside from certain electrical equipment, I prefer to buy something that I won't have to replace a few years later. Perhaps it's an anti-consumerist trait on my part, but if it's made of plastic or over-engineered to any degree then there is a safe chance that I won't want it.

A similar thing goes for my choice in food and drink - if it's processed or pasteurised then it just isn't as good in my view. A freshly cooked curry with a pint of real ale is better than a microwave meal and a can of lager :001_smile

Oh - and I don't own a microwave oven :tongue_sm

Soulcraft
07-26-2010, 09:04 AM
I collect absolutely everything. I believe collection bug is in you or it isnt, and if you have it there is nothing you can do. As for what I collect:

1- Comics. Have been reading (and collecting) for a bit above 10 years now.

2- Shoes. I cut down on the shoe collection in recent years since nothing was catching my eyes anymore. It is not over though, it is just dormant.

3- Alan Moore. The man is a prolific writer (mainly comic books) and I avidly collects everything he has written.

HokieGeek
07-26-2010, 09:20 AM
3- Alan Moore.
So, exactly how many Alan Moores have you collected?:lol:

I collect fiction books (text-only and comics) and fountain pens. I collect them because I enjoy them thoroughly which means that a) I can't decide on just one and b) It's something I hope my children might enjoy in the future.

nEver-Ready
07-26-2010, 09:38 AM
I collect wood pencils. I especially like to collect advertising and souvenir pencils from the past. Many, many varieties and a bit of quaint history. Like straight/DE/SE razors, another technology that much of the world has moved beyond with supposed "improved" technologies - I write this as I sniff the fragrance of the aromatic oils of the incense cedar emanating from my freshly shaved, beautifully painted California Republic wood case pencil.....

mskembo
07-26-2010, 10:03 AM
Wow, this thread is taylored specifically for me! :001_smile

I collect:
Watches
Pens
First Edition Books
Books of quotes
Ties
Musical Instruments

Unfortunately for my wife I am now getting into Classic Shaving, and will probably be collecting vintage razors too.

Mike

mdevine
07-26-2010, 11:24 AM
I collect fountain pens and cuff links.

DE Shaver
07-26-2010, 11:56 AM
I'm a collector of...

- Watches
- Telescopes
- Fountain Pens
- Malted scotches/whiskies

luvmysuper
07-26-2010, 12:06 PM
What do you collect aside from razors, and why?

Dust.



Because I'm old.

mskembo
07-26-2010, 12:08 PM
What do you collect aside from razors, and why?

Dust.



Because I'm old.
ROTFLMAO! Oh, that one KILLED me!

ama015
07-26-2010, 12:10 PM
Cuban cigars
Champagne
Books

The first two I enjoy also, not just collecting. The last one I read:)

Danuhoh
07-26-2010, 12:16 PM
-Watches
-Wine
-Cologne
-1970's Stereo Receivers
-Military Medals (not in a long time though)

wimbouman
07-26-2010, 12:17 PM
Fountain Pens, Meistersinger watches and trumpets here!
And some shaving related stuff ;-)

Wim

Mr. Scruffy
07-26-2010, 12:22 PM
I always purchase a golf ball with the logo from each golf course I play for the first time.

I think I have 85-90 golf balls in my collection.

Navig8tor
07-26-2010, 12:39 PM
I don't like to admit it often but I could easily become one of those people on TV who don't have any room left because they horde stuff. I have limited myslef to collecting a few things and have become militant about getting rid of others before I start hording. Here is what I have so far:

Coins - specifically silver dollars. My grandmother got me started by giving them to me. Her brother gave them to her, apparently he worked on the alaska pipeline and was paid in silver dollars.

PA fishing license pins - I just like the old ones where the license was a pin.

Books - I have always loved them. Also, some people are dumb enough to think you are smart because you read so much. Now I have a nook so I am thinking of narrowing down my scope.

Hockey pucks - when I go to an arena for the first time I always get a puck, no matter what level of hockey it is.

I also have a display collection of european razor blades. They were on dbay for $2 shipped. The frame cost $12 so I have a nice display for less than $15.

mdevine
07-26-2010, 12:44 PM
From my earlier post, I forgot to add cologne and shot glasses. I have shelves full of shot glasses. I started to collect them from each place that I have traveled to beginning on my honeymoon.

KaiserKrebs
07-26-2010, 01:08 PM
Oh Boy....I have collected things since I was a teenager, and my mother is convinced that I have a touch of OCD about it. I collect whatever strikes my fancy at the current time, but I have collected in the past...

1) Embroidered patches ( military, police etc )

2) Comic books

3) Soda bottles, and other antique glassware

4) Vintage advertising, signs, paper ads, vintage fruit crate labels

5) Militaria ( from uniforms, helmets, medals, trench art, bayonets etc.)

6) Books, literature or otherwise relating to any of the subjects above

Why? well I guess the short answer is a keen interest in history, and the association with holding something from a bygone era in your hand. As far as the beer steins, a nod to my German heritage, and the militaria, in homage to Both Grandfathers, and my Dad, and father in law, who are all Veterans.....I'd thought at one time that I'd be as well, but it didn't work out that way for me.

I also have a lot of other items that if I own two or less, I don't yet define it as a collection.....:biggrin:

Open Channel D
07-26-2010, 01:23 PM
selzter bottles (i have over 300).
railroad stuff (anything with railroad logos on it).
match strikers.
persian rugs.

mretzloff
07-26-2010, 01:24 PM
What do you collect aside from razors, and why?

Dust.



Because I'm old.

Does that dust not get in the way when you shave? :001_huh:

:lol: :biggrin:

KeNd0
07-26-2010, 01:40 PM
Star Wars collectibles
Because, its a healthier outlet than collecting porn. ;). Lol

andrew98
07-26-2010, 01:47 PM
Does that dust not get in the way when you shave? :001_huh:

:lol: :biggrin:

That's use number 1 for those brushes we all have. :001_smile

I have a strong tendency to collect things, but I've been pretty good about cutting all my collections down to the things I like most and/or use.

I have collected:

Wall art (mostly photography, but some metal art and paintings too)
Other art (pottery, sculptures, lathe turned wooden bowls, etc.)
Music
Musical instruments
Fountain pens
Pocket knives
A few tobacco pipes
Shaving brushes and shaving soaps
Coins from countries I visit (I just bring home a little pocket change)
Beer bottle caps from beers I've drank. (I swear I'll find an actual use for these one day. I've been thinking about building a table that's basically a very shallow box, fill it with bottle caps all side by side and logos facing up, then cover with plate glass.)
Beer coasters from pubs I've visited all over the world.

-Andy

Saunterer
07-26-2010, 01:48 PM
I used to collect a lot of things, but marriage and kids calmed it down a bit. I love to walk around yard sales, antique shops and other places to find treasure.

But my main interests today would be:


Swiss Army Knives (have 200+) almost every model made (except a few)
Money - I travel a bit and work in an international industry. When I go or a fellow worker goes to another country, I take $20 USD and turn it into as much as the local currency I can. I have a whole cigar box of money from all over the world. Nothing elaborate, but something fun to show the kids. I have money from Iraq, China, Kenya, Panama... for example.
Compasses. I have many compasses but my favorite is a 1917 US Dept of Engineering compass

nole1
07-26-2010, 01:54 PM
The only other thing I really collect is Coca-Cola bottles (or cans) from all over the world. Every time I travel to a new country I get a bottle/can. The only continent I don't have a bottle from is Africa (and Antarctica but penguins have a hard time putting caps on the bottles with their fins so they are pretty tough to find)

itsjustjim
07-26-2010, 11:00 PM
Wow, only one other coin collector so far. Coins, colognes, movies, and books.

Uncle Erik
07-26-2010, 11:18 PM
I've got a few:

Fountain pens
Watches
Electric fans (mostly prewar)
Books
LPs and SACDs
Handplanes and other old woodworking handtools
Stuff with vacuum tubes (I have old radios, amps, test gear, a tubed oscilloscope, and even an old tubed television)
A small collection of old Macs and a couple of SGI and Sun machines, though my favorite is a NeXT Cube

One Fierce Beer Coaster
07-26-2010, 11:31 PM
Watches, Razors, Knives, and Guns.

Watches - I like vintage watches, just something eye appealing about them.

Razors - I use them, duh :w00t:

Guns - I pick up ww2, ww1, era weapons along w/ custom double barrels, pistols, rifles. Most of my collection has been passed along from dad to son since the 1900s. Most prized piece is my grandfathers .38 colt he carried while detaining the Anglin Brothers. My collection for these are so far out of hand, I had to take out a insurance policy for the collection. :lol:

Knives - I have many pockets, that need a good blade. Collect everything from vintage puma's to vintage case. Bone handle, pearl, ivory, hunting, etc.

Bullwinkle
07-31-2010, 07:38 PM
bamboo fly rods, smoking pipes, old tobacco tins, Frank Sinatra LPs.

jbird1264
07-31-2010, 08:51 PM
I have modest collection of game-used baseball memorabilia (mostly bats and jerseys) and a few vintage fountain pens. In the past few years (that is, after marriage and children) I have found it more satisfying to set aside a few bucks every month and save it for something of significant personal interest that might come along, like an autographed first edition book or a rare fountain pen.

jbird

DavyRay
07-31-2010, 09:08 PM
I collect neat stuff. Sometimes I have to get rid of some stuff, because it starts becoming a problem. I currently have collections of cameras (about 25 at present), darkroom gear, fountain pens, saxophones (22, not counting one Saxophone-Shaped Object), and tools. I have a collection of small hand-held computers and PDAs.

I used to have Sun Sparc 2 workstations (about 10 of those). I think I finally got rid of the old thick ethernet hubs and repeaters. I used to have half-inch thick yellow cable running the length of my basement.

My guns don't amount to a collection. I have sort-of had a serial collection of BMW autos, starting with a 1975 jade green 2002.I guess my knives and edged weapons amount to an ad-hoc collection. The coolest blade I have is a Kindjal-pattern knife from Afghanistan back in the 1960s.

And books.

Harvey
07-31-2010, 10:33 PM
Razors ..old ,new and custom. Ballpoints..high quality. Small radios and headphones. Air pistols. Real guns..H@K P7M8,S@W .357 Custom shop and Ruger .22. Bicycles. Tools.Pocket Knives..single blade of unusual design and decoration....why? Because a collector is usually looking for the best and once he finds it..time to move on to another collection. Play money helps but the interest determines the cost and for some things cost is irrelevent..that is why we have RAD,OC and vast varied interests.

Hair apparent
08-02-2010, 05:39 AM
Martial arts books, preferably old. My collection goes back to 1899 with the original articles written in english about Japanese martial arts by Edward Barton-Wright, founder of Bartitsu, the self defense style of choice for one Sherlock Holmes.

gaseousclay
08-02-2010, 05:51 AM
- used to collect comics but stopped a long time ago. although, the Walking Dead graphic novels have piqued my interest

- vinyl records & CD's. i've got about 3000+ but also stopped buying music once the recession hit. I couldn't justify spending money on an expensive hobby like music

- ties. this is a recent development for me. I used to only have 1-2 ties, now I have over 20, most of which were thrifted.

- running shoes. i'm a fan of Adidas classics, so I have quite a few pairs of their shoes which I never wear. i've since started taking an interest in dress oxfords instead

Stubblefield
08-02-2010, 06:06 AM
I collect absolutely everything. I believe collection bug is in you or it isnt, and if you have it there is nothing you can do.

Agree. Which perhaps explains why I collect nothing.

Well, not absolutely true. I collect phrases, sayings, bon mots, clever rejoinders and the like, all kept in a file. As I write, I never know when I might find the need for a clever phrase or saying.

peacefrog33756
08-02-2010, 06:28 AM
Fountain pens, Zippo lighters, Case and custom knives.

theperfectstorm
08-02-2010, 06:45 AM
I was the thrift store King of Dallas LONG before all this came along. Like 25 years ago, long. So...

I started out collecting bar ware (in training for the 84 Olympic Drinking Team apparently) Fred Press, Briard sets, lots of classic American frosted hi-ball sets, shakers, seltzer bottles, etc.

Then faded into 50's glass (Fenton, Viking) particularly the genie bottles, etc. From there to classic 60's drip pottery like Maurice of California, particularly the crazy-@ss ashtrays.

In between there have been spurts of comics and postcards. I also collect flags and Braniff memorabilia.

I guess the weirdest thing is a large and ever-growing collection of embossed university folders from all the colleges I have visited. Every college bookstore has some $1 folder with the school logo or mascot on them. Whenever I stop at a school I always grab a couple of these. I don't know how many there are but they currently fill the liquor box I have them in.

HokieGeek
08-02-2010, 06:48 AM
- used to collect comics but stopped a long time ago. although, the Walking Dead graphic novels have piqued my interest
If you don't start reading walking dead immediately, you will regret it until your deathbed! Not only that, but you shall be judged severely at either heaven or hell (destination depends on your other sins).

Or, alternatively, start reading Fables right freaking now and watch The Walking Dead on AMC in October. If you're not reading at least one of those, your life isn't fulfilled.

(above post might contain some hyperbole)

falkon
08-02-2010, 01:13 PM
Whisk(e)y. With a focus on Scotch single malts and Bourbon
Guns. I like interesting and useful guns. No whiz-bang-boom "tactical" crud
RC cars and trucks
Older books on bird hunting and a limited amount of safari hunting

keebank
08-02-2010, 01:58 PM
Mmmm collecting, as one poster stated early you either have the bug or you don't. I do and along with the following list I always keep an eye out for most anything that may be vintage.

- LP's, CD's and Cassettes - I love music
- Antique and vintage tools
- Sports memorbilia, mostly baseball and hockey
- Coleman camping stoves and lanterns
- Razors (duh)

Hansel
08-02-2010, 02:13 PM
Besides razors?

Guns and ammunition, and razor blades.

I like "Retro" or "Throwback" style rifles mostly. WW2, Vietnam, etc. Nothing "Tacti-cool" or anything like that. I'm the kind of guy who goes out and builds a replica M-16A1 from old parts.

I also seem to enjoy collecting DE razor blades from various places across the world. I've ordered from websites before and purchased one pack of every brand they had to add to the collection.

The ammo collection is similar, various cartridges from all kinds of weird places across the planet.

Legion
08-02-2010, 04:29 PM
Aw man, what don't I collect?

It seems like every time I get a new interest it ends up being a new collection.

Some notable ones,

Antique photographs. Mostly daguerreotypes, but ambrotypes, tin types, Cdv's etc.

Pocket knives. I like really old ones with "character" that show they have been well used and loved.

Smurfs. Yeah, I know.... but it goes back to my childhood....

Viewmaster viewers and reels. The next best thing to a time machine.

Antique and vintage camera equipment.

Fossils and prehistoric tools. (I especially LOVE dinosaurs. Another childhood thing)

And there must be about fifty others, and that's not counting all the shaving stuff! :blink:

DS/B MCS
08-02-2010, 05:26 PM
Watches
Knives
Guns
Flashlights

Each is a tool for a specific purpose :001_cool:

Deltaboy
08-02-2010, 07:40 PM
Pocket knives I just love the dang burn things. :thumbup:

csf1964
08-02-2010, 07:55 PM
One burner camping stoves

johnmrson
08-02-2010, 08:20 PM
I don't really collect anything besides razors, not that I could afford to anyway.

I do have a few nice watches, half a dozen fountain pens, approx 100 sets of cufflinks and a humidor full of nice cigars but I don't class any of them as collections, they are just items of pleasure I've acquired.

proxymoron
08-02-2010, 10:02 PM
Debt.

pauls51
08-02-2010, 10:26 PM
Debt.

:lol::lol: Can you come and collect mine???


For me my only other collection is my model cars 1:18, 1:43, 1:10 & 1:64

Mostly of Australian Fords - from the golden era of touring cars!

Walker
08-02-2010, 10:39 PM
It appears i've started a new obsession with hones. Besides that, i've been known to collect Civil War memorabilla. When i was a kid my dad would take me and my Mom on these "family vacations" which were really just tours of Civil War battlefields. At 7 or 8 years old i wasn't very interested in history lessons. But apparently it stuck with me because i love reading about the Civil War today. Also, i love tools. Thats another obsession i have. Snap On tools. Yummy

hicksdm
08-03-2010, 04:39 AM
I have recently started to collect fountain pens and have a decent start on a small Bible collection. I have a few Peterson pipes that are a staple in my rotation and always have my eye out for more.

NBT
08-03-2010, 05:11 AM
Guns. Ammo. Knives. Watches. Razors. Firefighter Memorabilia

HokieGeek
08-03-2010, 05:24 AM
Debt.

:a29:

Hawkeye5
08-03-2010, 05:59 AM
I'm going to sound like a nerd.

1st editions. But only from a few writers. I checked recently and one book I paid $100 for is now $1,200.

Silver dollars. Trade, Morgan, Peace. My Grandfather started me.

Flashlights. You carry an umbrella when rain is in the forecast, well, it gets dark every day. I don't have lots, but what I have is good.

InFisherman. More an accumulation. I'm a charter member and have every thing Ron and Al Lindner or Bill Binkleman have published since the beginning of time.

Fishing tackle. As you might have assumed from the above.

HokieGeek
08-03-2010, 06:38 AM
I'm going to sound like a nerd.

1st editions. But only from a few writers. I checked recently and one book I paid $100 for is now $1,200.

Silver dollars. Trade, Morgan, Peace. My Grandfather started me.

Flashlights. You carry an umbrella when rain is in the forecast, well, it gets dark every day. I don't have lots, but what I have is good.

InFisherman. More an accumulation. I'm a charter member and have every thing Ron and Al Lindner or Bill Binkleman have published since the beginning of time.

Fishing tackle. As you might have assumed from the above.

not much more of a nerd than the rest of us! :biggrin1:

wolfmanxiii
08-03-2010, 07:20 AM
For me I guess you could say beer, cigars, and pipes/tobacco. Which I would love to say I use, but must say I collect because I can't smoke inside and never have the time to set aside to enjoy a cigar or a pipe that often other than maybe once or twice a week and drinking often enough to get through the beer that I do have would be highly frowned upon as I work for a school district.


I collect it all because it's good stuff...I just wish I had the time to enjoy it. I will make time some day though.

KnoxPhil
08-04-2010, 05:32 AM
Stamps. Yes, stamps. Specifically, stamps that feature churches, chapels, cathedrals, or other Christian architecture / art. It is great fun to hunt them down, and it combines many of my interests into a single hobby.

And books. Far too many books.

plexibass
08-04-2010, 08:35 AM
Hard Rock Cafe pins-my friends and family get them whenever they go on vacation.

Autographs-I used to try and meet people and then when I was on tours, they just came naturally.

Georgia Satellites-I work for the band so I keep all of the archives for them

Dan Armstrong stuff-guitar/bass/amp builder. Any cool pics of people playing his instruments, fliers and of course the actual instruments themselves. Had to sell 2 fretless basses recently, which almost killed me but.....

I dont really collect razors. I have 2 that I use so not much of a collection.

TheVez2
08-04-2010, 09:47 AM
As a kid I used to collect Rocks, Stamps, and Coins.

Before Wet Shaving my main hobby was tarantulas. I collect almost anything I see with a tarantula on it: Books, magazines, stickers, toys, figureines, posters, and yes even tarantulas themselves. At one point I had 18 of them. Now I only have 8 (had to downsize).

Here is one of my favorites (they are all favorites :lol:)

http://gallery.tarantulas.us/gallery/d/51781-2/NR3.JPG

ducatisteve
08-06-2010, 06:00 AM
Guitars and shoes. My fiance finds it very amusing that my shoes are worth more than my car.

HokieGeek
08-06-2010, 07:05 AM
Guitars and shoes. My fiance finds it very amusing that my shoes are worth more than my car.

..... so.... what do you drive? :blink:

The Bearded Goat
08-10-2010, 05:24 PM
-Still collect sportscards every now and then.
-A few comics too, trying to find graded copies of comics from the month/year I was born.
-College shotglasses...too many to count
-Vintage Poker chips, sets or individual chips. I live in Vegas so I always pick up a $1 or $5 from whatever casino we hit up.
-Shoes, nike air max 95's are my weakness.

Tripnastic
08-10-2010, 07:07 PM
Barber items (other than razors). Old hair tonics, aftershave bottles, signs, displays, clippers, brushes etc....

I don't know if Cigars count as something you collect, but I have humidors in every room of the house. Except the bathroom, because c'mon, that'd be weird.

DavyRay
08-10-2010, 07:14 PM
Barber items (other than razors). Old hair tonics, aftershave bottles, signs, displays, clippers, brushes etc....

I don't know if Cigars count as something you collect, but I have humidors in every room of the house. Except the bathroom, because c'mon, that'd be weird.

Yeah, it would be weird. Anyone knows you don't need a humidor in a bathroom because it is already humid. A plain old cigar box works just fine. A strong cigar makes it unnecessary to use some silly floral air freshener. Cigar smoke is the ultimate air freshener!

Tripnastic
08-10-2010, 07:35 PM
Yeah, it would be weird. Anyone knows you don't need a humidor in a bathroom because it is already humid. A plain old cigar box works just fine. A strong cigar makes it unnecessary to use some silly floral air freshener. Cigar smoke is the ultimate air freshener!

“Fresh air makes me throw up. I can't handle it. I'd rather be around three Denobili cigars blowing in my face all night." ~ Frank Sinatra :thumbup::yesnod:

Alacrity59
08-10-2010, 07:54 PM
I don't need to collect as I've got enough old c r a p of my own. I've got a few straight razors, one DE razor, a few folding knives. My wife and I are avid readers but even the books go to Goodwill from time to time . . . there are always new ones.

Sometimes I keep what I keep because it takes effort to throw it out. After a while you get to a point where you (I) need to start fresh . . . and do a massive purge. For me it is more about function and utility to my purpose.

And yes I do have a picture of my dad and his brothers from the 1920's but really I could fit all such items in a small trunk.

Mike

saltypete
08-10-2010, 08:01 PM
My propensity to develop ADs is at odds with my income as a student. Nonetheless, aside from shaving gear and colognes I have a nice little collection of watches and I've just started exploring the world of fountain pens. I have aquired 4 pens already and anticipate buying more in future. I have given away my tobacco habit so I no longer collect cigars or pipes which should free up some cash to buy more pens:laugh:

Pete

furious1
08-10-2010, 08:45 PM
Manuscripts (primarily letters by the 19th-century artists I study).
Wine (Bordeaux, I have some nice stuff but am relatively poor for a collector of wine, and anything else for that matter, so I look for good wines by lesser chateaux, Clerc Milon being a solid favorite from Pauillac for example. I do have the odd firsts of course. :lol:)

strohman
08-10-2010, 10:16 PM
I wondered if there was a thread about stuff like this.

I collect vintage hockey cards. I started in the early 90's collecting cards from the 50's and 60's with other newer cards thrown in. Then about 5 years ago I got interested in pre-war cards. (Anything produced before WWII.) I started working on the 1910 Imperial Tobacco set. It only consists of 36 cards, but finding them in the condition I wanted took a few years. I finally got the last card back in December. This is the first hockey card set ever produced, so it was especially satisfying to finish it.

I love reading stories of players from the turn of the century up through the 1930's, and finding cards from this era that have managed to survive in really nice condition.

Obviously, eBay is the main place to find these cards, so I'm pretty active there. I think my years spent collecting has lead me to appreciate certain other items that have survived intact. Some of the old Gillette razors that still look new are really sharp! If I were going to collect razors, I would also get excited about NOS razors that were still in the original case. But, I'll just stick to finding nice razors that I want to use, instead of collect. I can't afford a new hobby! (Even though razors would be a more affordable collectible.)

luvmysuper
08-11-2010, 04:53 AM
http://gallery.tarantulas.us/gallery/d/51781-2/NR3.JPG
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TheVez2
08-11-2010, 07:48 AM
Watch it Phil.... or I'll sick my attack tarantula on you....


http://gallery.tarantulas.us/gallery/d/33739-1/Dirty+Hairy_sm.JPG

koso
08-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Razors of course, watches (mechanical movements) and I always keep a chip from whatever new casino I'm playing in.

jin
08-12-2010, 03:22 PM
I don't know that I'd call it a "collection," since I don't go for rare or valuable items. I really just buy what I like, but I like to collect games. Any kind of interesting or fun board games, card games, and quite a few tabletop roleplaying games.

And, of course, books :001_smile

kf4tqj
08-12-2010, 04:02 PM
I enjoy collecting Keroesne Lamps. My wife, Wanda likes to collect the small figurine type lamps but I really like the large ones. Rayop / Aladin / Dietz. I just like the way they were made, and I love to burn them.
I also like to collect Christmas tree ornaments
, especially Star Trek / Space ships that light up.

AmishFury
09-02-2010, 12:24 AM
http://necropimp.home.insightbb.com

i realy should add a "no longer in collection" section

Solemnsaint
09-02-2010, 07:01 AM
I collect firearms. All types; from the earliest shoulder cannons that were likely to blow your face off, all the way to semi-modern rifles. My collection ends in 1958 with a very special International Harvester weapon. I love IHC...

Simple, robust, and made to last. I also try not to collect cars. (Makes the wife angry) IHC was in my opinion the last car manu. that built vehicles to last.
And The reason for collecting weapons: they are the apex of design and human ingenuity. They are the most important tools that sociaty makes. Tools of death keep civilization working as it does. The most important human history evolves around weapons and their use. Plus I used to watch western with my grandpa as a kid and have always LOVED western arms.
Thanks for listening to my rant. I'm better now.:biggrin1:

Gibson
09-02-2010, 08:18 AM
I collect Musical insturments
music (CDs/LPs)

paratrooper
09-18-2010, 11:23 AM
I have a modest collection of rare, old adventure and travel books.

Torcams
09-18-2010, 09:40 PM
Wine - Mostly Bordeaux and Brunello nowadays (although I drink it, don't just "collect" it for the sake of collecting)
Mid-century Scandanavian modern furniture
Vintage advertising items (these are mostly in storage but I just can't part with them)

I'm being very careful with wristwatches - I thought my first legit mechanical watch purchase would cure me, but I find myself longing for more...

LouieGrandie
09-19-2010, 09:05 AM
Fountain pens of which I have way too many.

1. Nakaya Piccolo - In a world of mass production everything this pen stands out. To order one you go to their web page and fill out a questionaire with such questions as:

Fountain pen only
How heavy is your writing pressure?
What part of pen section do you hold when writing?
Do you post the cap (put the cap on) when writing?
Your writing speed is;
Your writing is;
large medium small
About your letters;
cursive block letters

They then hand make the fountain pen to be perfect for your writing style. As beautiful and sublime pen as there is in the world

2. Waterman LeMan 100. One of the great pens of the last 100 years. Big, great writing nib, good looks.

3. Pilot Vanishing Point - One of the most practical pens ever made. Push button like a ball point. Great writer.

DougK
09-19-2010, 10:33 AM
I used to collect cameras and computers, but I sold most of them off; they took up too much room and I didn't have time to use them all. I still have a modest collection of slide rules, though.

EDIT: Forgot to answer the "why" part of the question. I got hooked on slide rules during high school. I had a couple of math teachers who didn't allow calculators but would let you use a slide rule if you could demonstrate to them that you knew how. I think I have about nine or ten different models, all but one obtained as NOS. The one used one that I have, and the one that started the whole collection, is a classic K&E engineering rule that a friend's dad gave me for my eighteenth birthday when he found out I was looking for one.