Many of the well-known dealers out there offer a few CC knives in their inventory along with the unmarked ones. This could be that one of the owners is a CC member themself (like possibly Brian at Country Knives) or another private customer had assigned that dealer as their primary vendor through which they received their CC knives and now said person no longer is the CC (but the dealer still gets and sells those knives).
I am NOT an “official” member of the CC although I have first dibs on any 087 knives that NGK sells, which comes from a long-standing (and pricey) agreement with them that I buy a large percentage of new offerings and the rest they release into the wild with their main stock. I do not get certificates of authenticity usually (I’m sure NGK has the stack). Like Country Knives and their CC 113 knives, NGK has at least 3 CC numbers headed their way each shipment and at least 2 of those 3 CC numbers are accounted for. I think the Deacon may also receive his 043s from them, but I guess I never asked!
I don’t think anyone has NGK’s CC 167 since I used to get those from time to time before I asked them to start sending 087s (which was also unclaimed at the time). I will add that NGK did me a huge favor with our agreement but I do my best to purchase at least 80% of new offerings every year. It’s not the typical setup for “true” CC members but since I have a great number of 087s, I often do refer to myself as CC member 087 (cause I put my money where my mouth is). Hope that helps!? Cheers, Radioactive
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