American Edge Condition Grading System

American Edge Condition Grading System

Posted by Jordan Saldana on Nov 5th 2017

Prices will be adjusted according to condition, issues, and any missing or extra accessories. 

**Please see descriptions to find anything of note**

Brand New: Knives in this category are exactly as new from the factory with no issues. Includes all original paperwork and accessories. Has never been sold to a customer, has never been used, and has never been carried. May have been removed from the box for inspection or to take photos only.

Like New: Knives in this category are as new from the factory. Has never been used or carried. May have been sold to a customer and returned with no issues. Packaging or accessories might have light shelf wear or may be missing. Note: A brand new production knife with a minor factory imperfection that does not inhibit the function of the knife (ie. factory blemish or minor handle crack) may fall under this category.

Pristine: Knives in this category must be flawless, and must have additional characteristics that set them apart from mint. They could have an unusually good fit and finish for example.

Mint: This would be a knife that has never been carried, never sharpened, never used, and does not have problems of any kind. A very old knife that has a few light rust marks but no other issues may be classified as mint (especially those made prior to WWII). The newer the knife gets from there, the less rust specs it must have to maintain its mint status.

Near Mint: There must be nothing wrong with a near mint knife. It should walk and talk and must have most of the original finish. Very light sharpening would be acceptable, but the blades must be full. It can have some light rust spots, but no deep rust pits. Some light carry scratches are permitted on the outside as well.

Excellent: Knives in this condition would include solid, lightly used knives. There may be a bit of blade wear (no more than 10%). Some tarnish, minor scratches, and light pitting would be acceptable. Action of the blades and mechanisms should function as normal. All markings should be clear.

Very Good: Knives in this category are generally fairly well used knives. There may be blade wear of up to 25%. The blades should still be sound, but one or more may be slow. The stamping should be readable, but may be faint. The handles may have cracks and wear, but shouldn’t have major chipping. The knife might also have some rust pitting and tarnish.

Good: Knives in good condition must still be useable as a working knife. Blade wear may be between 25-50%. There might be chips in the handle or blade. Blades may be slow with deep pits and rust. You should still be able to make out the maker of the knife by shield or tang stamp.

Poor: A poor knife is generally only good for parts. The blades might be less than 50%, extra lazy or even broken. Tang marks are generally barely legible, and the handles may be chipped.