I’ve always admired wood ducks. According to the ODNR they are sexual rabbits having two broods a year as compared to the rest of the waterfowl slackers. That’s not why I like them. They seem just too icey to me.
My friend Leonard had a wood duck decoy with a ‘collectable’ knife inside. After I moaned and kvetched enough he sold it to me just to get rid of me. Thank you, Leonard! Every day I look at that duck and it makes me smile!
Inside is a United Cutlery 1993 Wildlife Series Limited Edition Trapper. Limited to 7500, that is. Mine is 2189. It has the two typical blades found in a trapper, a spey and a drop point. Under the clear plastic handles is a copy of original art by Larry Duke.
The knife, to my surprise was made in the USA. Most of the UC knives are made somewhere else. Frankly, I don’t consider then to be very high quality.
There’s another on the market today, but the wood duck isn’t nearly as nice. The knife? Well, let us just draw a charitable vale of silence over it.
I have a little insight for you, but you know this stuff,
One: There is no regulating body, any police or force of law that prevents a manufacturer from producing a second limited production run of the same product.
Two: Mass produced limited editions seldom have real value and market growth potential.
Having said that, I’m really glad to have my wood duck!