How to Display a Knife Collection

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How to Display a Knife Collection
Stands and cases are two common knife displays. (Angel Herrero de Frutos/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Knife enthusiasts often choose to display their knives in a prominent location. Whether displaying a couple of knives or a couple dozen knives, the manner in which the knives are presented can make the difference between a professional, pride-worthy display designed for maximum impact and what appears to be a pile of dusty knives on top of a dresser. A myriad of options exist to help enthusiasts display a knife collection of any size or type.

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Things you need

  • Display cases
  • Knife stands
  • Locks

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  1. 1

    Organise the knife collection. Decide whether you want to display the collection based on type, age, aesthetics or any other criteria.

  2. 2

    Study display options. Use a larger display case to hold several knives, or smaller cases to hold one or two knives. Purchase or create shadow boxes to add depth to a display. Store knives on display stands to provide a vertical element to the display.

  3. 3

    Place the knives in the chosen display cases or stands. Check that they fit snugly and securely.

  4. 4

    Lock display cases so that children cannot easily access the knives. Purchase locks if none are provided with the case. Place display stands out of the reach of children.

  5. 5

    Arrange the display in a visually pleasing manner in a prominent location. Hang display cases on the wall or place them on a table, stand or dresser.

Tips and warnings

  • Collectors can also place small cards with descriptions of the knives or certificates of authenticity underneath the individual cases if desired.
  • Covered cases protect knives from dust and the elements.

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