The NKCA Knife Grading Standards

The NKCA grading system was devised by James F. Parker as President of the NKCA, and at the time there was no grading system. Anything was better than nothing.

MINT: A factory fresh knife, absolutely original as it came from the manufacturer, not carried or sharpened, a perfect knife.

NEAR MINT: A new knife that had seen sine times, show some slight carry or shop wear, blades snap perfectly, handles show no cracks.

EXCELLENT: Shows no more than 10% blade wear, handles are sound, no cracks, blades snap good.

VERY GOOD: About 25% blade wear, slight cracks in handles, may have one lazy blade, stamping clearly visible to the naked eye, no blades changed or repaired.

FAIR: 50% blade wear, blades lazy, cracks and chips in handles, handles replaced with same type, blades repaired, stampings daunt but readable with a glass.

POOR: Blades very worn, handles bag or missing, blades have been replaced with the same type, reading of the stamp is almost impossible, even with a glass, good mostly only for parts.

Source: Bruce Voyles, KNIFE Magazine, July 2017

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