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An open letter to @hornetguy and @JB in LV

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by ItsKYRO, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. ItsKYRO

    ItsKYRO Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 17, 2017
    @hornetguy @JB in LV

    First off I want to start off by saying if I should not be posting this in the traditional sub forum I apologize however I felt it was relevant to this sub forum because this is where I found these two wonderful gentlemen.

    I am not an active member on blade forums whatsoever, I usually lurk knifeclub on reddit and occasionally post if I get a new knife (always a modern.) I recently began to wonder if my rough rider that I purchased two years ago on my wife and I honeymoon could be used for something more than a paperweight. I felt that when I looked at my small collection of knives, yes I have two knives that are close to $100 in value, but nothing that my kids are going to be proud of to receive when I hand it down.

    I came on to blade forums to ask about if I could get a traditional in my budget range that I could put through the ringers. Knowing nothing about me, what I will use it for truly, what my past consists of, or if I am even somewhat deserving of receiving it, @hornetguy , you offered me my first true traditional knife. No strings attached, you just wanted to do something for someone else. It wasn't just any knife either, it's a knife that you felt based on my comments that I would potentially enjoy.

    Fellow blade forums members, you would think that would be more than enough right? @JB in LV did not think so, he offered to send me a gift as well and thought it might go well with what @hornetguy offered. Again, no strings attached, just wanted to do something for someone else. I had no idea what he would be sending me however.

    Two days later and I see both packaged arrived, I get home tonight and take them out of the mail, so excited, smiling ear to ear, somewhat worried this was all a joke and they were about to send some mail to end my wife of her misery (just kidding, hopefully i'm doing a decent job as a husband) and I open up the packages, and as I look through all of this...

    I nearly had teary eyes, @JB in LV , you not only sent a complete stranger gifts, not cheap gifts either, but gifts you thought I would enjoy, and that you clearly really took the time and thought I would be able to get use out of and enjoy - compatible with @hornetguy gift. The thought you put into this, it was difficult not to cry, i'm stating that as another man. The ebony wood knife, stunning. Beautiful piece, 3 blades, the craftsmanship is so evident with this. This isn't just some knife, it's a work of art, truly. The case xx, it's hard to explain, but you know how when you know you know? I love everything about it. It feels so great in hand, it's a great looking knife, and it just seems to have that "X" factor, where you can't explain it but it's just the right knife for you.

    @hornetguy The knife is beautiful, I had to do some research on this, because it seemed almost too good to be true. But this is real beer barrel "scales?" i'm not sure completely what these are called in the traditional knives, I know scales isn't the correct word though. This knife has taken everything I liked about the reason I purchased that rough rider when I knew nothing about knives at all, and taken all those good things to an entirely different level.

    I want to personally thank you both so much, words can't truly do it justice but these three knives, and the beautiful leather GEC case, these will be handed down to my children, and hopefully to their children. These will be used. These will be appreciated. These will remind me daily of both of your kindness to a stranger.

    To blade forums, I wanted this to be an open letter so you could enjoy this with me, and sometimes on forums it's easy to forget how real the other person is behind the username. These are real people, everyone in a different place, but you clearly have hard working, loving, kind people here, and I feel these are attributes that should not go unnoticed. I am going to attach the picture below, it's really a wonderful thing to hold these, open them, and there's just something there that makes me feel like this is how a knife was intended to be.

    -ItsKYRO (Kyle)

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  2. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    Absolutely Brilliant. With all the :poop: going on in the world today, helps restore faith in human nature, and says there are a lot of good people out there. Well done to all concerned.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  3. bax229

    bax229 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 7, 2016
    Welcome to the knife collecting community...these are some of the most outstanding people I've ever met.
  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    They are a couple of great guys and the gifts were very generous. Way to go @hornetguy and @JB in LV , well done guys. :cool::thumbsup:

    @ItsKYRO , stick around...
    There is lots of that kind of generosity and camaraderie that go on here at the Porch. This place is full of true Ladies and Gentlemen.
  5. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    To both of you, well said.;)
  6. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    That’s how old-school knife folks roll. ;)

  7. Pjake

    Pjake Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2011
    Kyle...so happy for you! Three winners right there and the sheath!! Thanks to @hornetguy and @JB in LV ...nicely done!!

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  8. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Maybe you should spend more time on bladeforums. The people on this forum are extremely generous and giving. Many members on here have passed on knives which they felt others would enjoy.

    Big respect to HornetGuy and JB.
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  9. Epicurian

    Epicurian Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Great story and thanks for sharing! Makes me proud to be a part of this community.
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  10. JaxBaron

    JaxBaron Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    Awesome story. That’s what the porch is all about!
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  11. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Great going, hornet and JB, showin' up large for the Traditional group! Kyle, I really hope you consider buying a membership, which will get you the ability to send and receive PMs (Messages). Since we are not supposed to discuss the buying process in this subforum, many Traditional members do it through the private messaging. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to PM someone to let them know about an opportunity, but could not because they weren't a paying member. You'll get your money's worth, I assure you.
  12. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Kyle, congrats on the fantastic knives you received!! :cool::cool::thumbsup: And thanks for sharing the story! :):thumbsup::thumbsup:

    I've been a member of BF for just over 5 years, and spend most of my time in the Traditional sub-forum. What you've experienced is not at all uncommon here, and I've experienced it myself many times (as both "givee" and giver). When I first noticed this about the traditional sub-forum, I thought it must be some kind of weird phase of the moon or something, and kept waiting for the forum to devolve into the sort of contentious place I'd experienced almost everywhere else I'd frequented online. But it (almost :rolleyes:) never happens!!

    @hornetguy and @JB in LV , accolades for your thoughtful generosity!! :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:

    - GT
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  13. Crazy Canuck

    Crazy Canuck Singing along with the voices in my head Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    This thread put a smile on my face that for sure wasn't there when I got home from work today. Great post @ItsKYRO , and good showing @hornetguy & @JB in LV . This forum can be an oasis sometimes. Thank you for the reminder :)
  14. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    " We are just blokes and gals who like knives"
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  15. cjtamu

    cjtamu Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2018
    Fantastic gesture and fantastic story. Makes me even more glad I found this place.
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  16. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Way to go, JB & hornetguy! That's wonderful, Kyle. Those are super knives! Lot of generous folk here.
  17. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Welcome to the Porch.

    Greatest Forum on the internets
  18. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    It is how I was introduced to this forum as well. A custom maker I know told me to drop in. I asked a question (whether GEC were worth the additional investment) and a member sent me my first GEC.
  19. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Thanks for all the kind words guys... I'm glad that we were both at a point where we could do this. I've been there, where there wasn't any way I could justify buying something I wanted.. I've been blessed so much through life, that I am happy to be able to help what little I can... I imagine JB feels the same way.
    Lots of great folks here on the porch, Kyle...nearly any of them will do anything they can to help along...
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  20. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
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