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Can I buy a cow with my fork?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by coctailer, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Does the value of Sterling Silver go up like Pure silver does?

    Would it be good to have Sterling Silverware for when the economy collapses?

    The silverware we use everyday is Sterling...........that's why I ask.

    Sterling is 92.ish% silver
    Pure Silver is 99.9% silver
     
  2. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Probably, but if the world has decayed that much then you may have a hard time finding a farmer that enjoys fine dining. ;)

    May be better off with some nice lead ingots.
     
  3. Generator

    Generator Bend Member

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    I'd check out the Gold V Guns thread that is around here somewhere, it covers the initial issue of what has worth in a collapse.....
    I'd rather have a spoon to help me eat some soup than a gold chunk that is a nice rock to throw at someone.
     
  4. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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  5. dobanion

    dobanion North Portland, Oregon Member

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    Sterling silver goes up in value with normal silver, at least to it's value at 92% of weight should you melt it down. Don't count on additional value for the silver being a fork or a spoon.

    I'd think the most valuable things post collapse will be guns, ammo, then food.

    After many years (and all the ammo consumed), swords would be in vogue again.
     
  6. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I wasn't thinking it would be worth more in it's spoon form, but as we were having Thanksgiving dinner, I looked at our flatware and thought, "This might be currency someday"
     
  7. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    First thing about selling, who is going to buy it?

    jj
     
  8. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I don't know.

    Who would buy a bar of Gold?
     
  9. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    Someone who uses gold for jewelry probably.. Not sure they'd need an entire bar though.
     
  10. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    Yep, what he said, it's the same with the pre-64 silver coins.
     
  11. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    You may have missed the point.

    I doubt there will be a need for jewelry when the world ends.

    My question was rhetorical.
     
  12. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps - but how would you eat the cow without a fork? It's a classic Catch-22 problem. ;)
     
  13. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    lol. Yeah. No one would really want jewelry.. There really is no use for gold unless you meet some really stupid traders.
     
  14. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I think you need to get your wife some pewter flatware. :p
     
  15. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

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    Post-ruin dentists?

    Boy, wouldn't that be fun. "Here's some everclear to numb the pain. Now open up..."
     
  16. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

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    ...along with blackpowder muzzleloaders.

    The primary impediment to early firearms (I mean arquebus-era blackpowder) was knowledge, not high-tech manufacturing facilities. I think even if I was starting from absolute scratch, I could make a blackpowder weapon. If I was a trained blacksmith, it would be much easier (the metallurgy and forging is more difficult than mixing a batch of gunpowder).

    The chemistry is so rudimentary that the crude formula for blackpowder (which is just a saltpeter/charcoal/sulphur ratio) is easy to rediscover if you forget the details. You won't get modern blackpowder performance, but it would work.

    Making an arquebus, matchlock, etc. is not complicated. All of the improvements to the basic design revolve around keep it ready for use.

    Building cannons is conceptually even easier.
     
  17. Randini

    Randini Salem Member

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    not a cow maybe a goat, but keep some forks for eating it.
     
  18. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Ideally, I was wondering if grabbing a couple handfuls of Sterling flatware would be worthwhile as I was running out of my home that was burning to the ground.

    I always try to plan as if my "bug-in" plans get ruined.

    Also, I was wondering if it would be a trade-able commodity.

    Obviously not as good as silver coins or food, but I don't have to "prep" to possess it.

    As I eat dinner, I look at the flatware and wonder...........Usefull, or garbage.........
     
  19. powersbj

    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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    Depends I would think it would be garbage if we had some sort of global disaster, things would take some time to be stable enought for barter and some sort of monitary system to be restablished. For the first bit I would think food would be worth more.

    Second if we are talking a local disaster then cash should still be good.

    Either way I see it as a lose lose.... The only way it would pay off is a dollar collapse where there is another "money" you could change it into.
     
  20. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    melt it down
    kill werewolfs :gun10: