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    I think that they are pretty cool and would be something that would be interesting for sure...

    Maybe release one with a forum knife...limited that way.
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    i'd be in for a couple.

    I like the idea of the forum knife being accompanied with a challenge coin.

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    Ive perhaps four dozen coins. Of those, Id put them into two categories. 1) Those given to me by folks as their way of saying Thanks, At-a-boy, or Its been a good working with you and getting to know you. 2) The second category of coins is those that Ive purchased as part of my landing fee in a unit. These are the ones I carry if indeed challenged at the bar. I usually buy many extra over my time in the unit and give all but one away as my way of saying thanks, at-a-boy, or its been good working with you. I always keep at least one to remind me of my time in that unit.

    I dont think I could ever buy a coin from someone or from a company. Id feel too much like a wannabe. The exception to that: Id buy one if it was part of my landing fee in the forums. If we collectively decide to create a coin, Id go in. To me it would feel more like buying into a collective endeavor and less like buying a meaningless coin. So yes, Id be in for a Forum Coin.

    A gifted coin is something to be proud to own. So is a coin for the group your in. Id be proud to be gifted a coin by Spyderco, especially if earned or if with a handshake from the owner or from an employee. Id also be proud to have a coin representing being part of this forum. I learn something everyday. Sometimes its about knives. Sometimes its about life. Sometime both.

    Im far to new here to presume to create a coin for the forums, but if someone needs some help, please feel free to ask.

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    I would definitely buy one

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    long post short.
    Do it, hopefully I'm on board to support it. Send the profits to some vet group or something.

    I love the troops, J.

    Edit: If a coin is 10-15 I'd pay 20-25 to buy one for me and one for a troop/group being supported by the coin. It can't just be for us, the forum dudes...
    Edit2: I'd buy a coin for 10-15 for any troop I need nothing in return, just a donation. Mind you I buy my knives outside of the SFO
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    I'm another one who never understood the intent or purpose behind challenge coins. In fact, the name (or term) 'challenge coin' just comes off as sounding confrontational to me. I've never felt the need to challenge anyone to anything.
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    I'd buy a modestly priced Forum Challenge coin - gotta have a minimum of 1500 posts, right?
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    A bottle of beer with dinner at home is about the extent of my drinking. Don't think I've been in a bar this century, and I have no plans to change that. OTOH, as I said earlier, I'd be on board for any Spyderco or Spyderco Forum branded trinket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay_Ev View Post
    I'm another one who never understood the intent or purpose behind challenge coins. In fact, the name (or term) 'challenge coin' just comes off as sounding confrontational to me. I've never felt the need to challenge anyone to anything.
    As described in the history link I provided, the original "challenge" involved a WWI US pilot who was captured by the Germans and had all his papers confiscated. His coin, worn in a pouch around his neck and bearing his unit logo, was his way of proving his identity as an American when "challenged" by other American servicemen. When the coins were used primarily by elite units, the "challenge" was to have your coin with you as a symbol of your pride in your unit. If you didn't, buying a round for the group helped you remember to carry it the next time.

    It has never been used as a tool to challenge in a confrontational sense and is a symbol of pride in an organization or unit.

    Stay safe,

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    I would definitely buy a few for the spyderco fans I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Janich View Post
    Here's a link to the Wikipedia page that explains the origin and purpose of challenge coins: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin.

    Up until about 10-15 years ago, they were pretty much limited to military and LE units and given out only to personal friends and associates by unit members. In recent years they have become more commercialized and often used as a "keepsake" item for special events.

    When Spyderco started the OpFocus program, Kristi and I pushed for challenge coins that we could share in the original spirit of the coin--only to close associates who understood and shared the tradition. We produced a limited number of WarriorChip challenge coins for that purpose, but they are not commercially available to the public.

    If you'd like one that is available for purchase, please voice your opinion here.

    Stay safe,

    Mike
    Is there any chance you could post a picture of it please? Perhaps looking at what one made available to the public could look like will drum up more interest.

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    I would definately be interested in one!
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    I would absolutely be in for a few coins. While rarely used for the originally intended purpose, they can and do serve as a collectible token of membership. Perhaps they could be offered in lieu of a forum knife in the years when the crew is too busy to create and produce a special blade? Not this year, of course, since we're already looking forward to that forum knife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Janich View Post
    As described in the history link I provided, the original "challenge" involved a WWI US pilot who was captured by the Germans and had all his papers confiscated. His coin, worn in a pouch around his neck and bearing his unit logo, was his way of proving his identity as an American when "challenged" by other American servicemen. When the coins were used primarily by elite units, the "challenge" was to have your coin with you as a symbol of your pride in your unit. If you didn't, buying a round for the group helped you remember to carry it the next time.

    It has never been used as a tool to challenge in a confrontational sense and is a symbol of pride in an organization or unit.

    Stay safe,

    Mike
    Thanks for posting the info Mike, I don't think that many understood what it mean't.
    It is a symbol of pride and a nice collector's piece. It probably wouldn't be feasible,
    but a coin for certain Spyderco knives would be interesting.
    A Yojimbo 2 challenge coin, I like it.

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    I would love to see a Spyderco challenge coin. I have carried my coin everyday for years and it represents something very important to me. I'm thinking a "Spyderco Forums" coin would be popular. Lets do this.
    This is my well carried coin.

    Dan

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    How about a Challenge Coin in the shape of the Spyderco Edge Angle Guide!
    C05, C05S, C10SRD, C10SBK(x2), C10FPBR, C10GRE, C10FPGR, C11, C11FPBK, C12SBK2, C14 C17 C21, C28BK, C28BK2, C28YL2, C36, C45, C54GPBN, C77, C80GPOR, C81, C81GS, C81GBK2, C85GP2, C86, C86P, C86PET, C90, C94, C95, C106, C109, C116, C122, C123CF, C123, C123GBL, C126(x2), C132GP, C135GP, C136, C137, C138, C140, C142, C146CFP, C148, C158TIP, C161GP, C162, C163PBK, C164GPBN, LBK, LBKII(x2), LYL3HB, LGRE3, MBK, FB20, FB23, FB24SBK, FB31SBK, FBPBK, MT12, MT13, MT16, Woodcraft.

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    I'd be interested in one as well.
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    The information posted by Michael Janich is the origin of the challenge coin as I understand it as a military member. For every unit I've been assigned to, I always make sure I acquire the "unit coin" or "RMO" (Round Metal Object). And, yes, at the military clubs, if a member of your organization, unit, or specialty slaps their RMO on a hard surface, you'd better be able to produce your own and smack it on the counter or else you're buying a round. It is a military tradition.

    Now, from a knife point of view, I provide the following link to show what Emerson Knives sells as a challenge coin...

    http://www.emersonknives.com/ekCoin.php

    I do own one of these since I do own some of Mr. Emerson's knives. If Sal would design and offer a Spyderco Challenge Coin, I certainly would get one.
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    I believe Mr. Emerson's Order of the Black Shamrock has its own challenge coin as well.
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