For years I have heard folks talking about great finds ate flea markets, yard sales and other informal gatherings, and it’s been a source of frustration for me as I’ve never found anything worth bragging about myself.The closest I ever got to finding a hidden gem was the white scaled, black bladed Richartz knife I wrote about some time ago.
Minutes after entering this particular flea market I thought to myself that it was a complete waste of time- it was full of broken toys, paperbacks that look like they’d been taken from a library in a war zone, appliances that were only clean because they hadn’t worked in 20 years and lots of positively revolting baked products.One table had lots of knives on it that caught my eye, but they were all cheap imported knockoffs of Extrema Ratio, Cold Steel, Ontario Knives, Ka-Bar and a few others.I almost left right after that, but luckily I didn’t!
Perseverance has a way of rewarding a person, and I finally found something at one of the last tables we saw that is worth mentioning.It’s not a great find, not a rare, discontinued model, but it was one that I haven’t got in my collection yet- a black scaled advertising Spartan Lite.
For the most part I’m not a huge fan of the Lite models, or really any electronics in SAKs.I live in a very wet environment- less than 500 yards from my house is the Atlantic Ocean, and it rains a lot here, so I don’t have a lot of faith in electronics that can’t take a pounding.That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with any Vic electronics, just that I personally prefer to keep things simpler.
Still, for the $10 price tag on this one I felt it was well worth grabbing.The LED light doesn’t work, but that’s probably because one of the two batteries is missing, or perhaps the one that’s left is dead!Either way I’ll grab a couple of new batteries at some point to at least test it out.
As I said before, perseverance will pay off, and in this case I’m glad I decided to go to this flea market!