Escaping the rabbit hole?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Smiling, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    With bad availability, more everyday tasks, obligations and expenses I'm spending less and less time browsing knives... and I no longer feel ecstasy or excitement when I see something.

    I see nice knife but then remember "I already have something similar/ I don't need it/ It's too expensive for me now..."

    I'm also blaming a friend of mine here. It's kinda my fault he got into knives and it's his fault I'm kinda losing it. He got rid of everything but users, which made me think like "That's smart move for a student, oh wait... I'm a student too!"... I don't have anything to sell but I feel myself losing interest for a while now and this is kinda giving me another push i that direction.

    I love knives I have, but I have zero desire of getting anything ese. I also stopped to care about super steels and that stuff too... I have zero interest ino newest super steels when even existing ones are pretty amazing and are an overkill already, and honestly even plain old carbon is enough for me.

    Anyone else been there?
  2. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Many times. It comes and goes.

    My advice is to be content with what you have for as long as you can. The itch for something new will eventually hit you.
  3. Steel_Addiction

    Steel_Addiction Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Been there done that, give it a year or two and "the itch" will come back..

    Ive gone from having 20+ knives to only 1 and being content with the one...but we are a fickle bunch and fickle is as fickle does...

    I fell off the bandwagon recently and in the course of a month went from 2 knives back to 10+....

    "Hi,my name is Tyler and I am an addict."
  4. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    I stopped for about 10 years...marriage, house, kid...but got back into it even more so, especially after joining here.
  5. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Yep. :)

    Even just in the five years I've been active here on BF, I've taken at least one long break (about a year, if memory serves) from being engaged with the hobby and the site. And in that time I've also had a couple of stretches where I was carrying the same knife every day for several months in a row, happy as a clam, and not thinking much about the hobby, the market, or what else was out there.

    It ebbs and flows -- like my other hobbies. And, broadly, when any hobby is consuming more of my immediate focus, the others recede into the background.

    I always circle back to knives as a hobby, and the renewed enthusiasm after a time away can be kind of fun in its own right.

    My advice is not to force it. See where the journey takes you. :)
  6. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    I agree.

    I'm OK with it even if the itch never returns. Whatever it is - I won't force anything.

    I'm kinda focusing on university, managing work together with university, squeezing some workouts in my free time, girls and having some beers with my buddies. So I think with time I might be back, once all this ends.
  7. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    It's ebbed and flowed for me for years. I got back into knife collecting earlier this year.

    And, for me, it's just the same as my other main "collecting" hobby - watches. Sometimes the majority sit unused and I don't buy a new one for ages then I switch attention to them and a different one is worn every day, I sell and buy some and the cycle repeats. I've been through well over 150 watches over the years.

    I don't overthink it and just go with the flow really. I have built and reduced, and then rebuilt, both collections several times. I enjoy the hunt for a new "must have" but now I know what I like so well that I rarely buy a knife or watch that I don't like or regret. While I like both for their design, intricacy, engineering and materials, I enjoy using them and don't buy anything to be just a safe queen - although in truth very few of my knives get used hard.
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  8. RoyalHolic

    RoyalHolic Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    Definitely comes and goes, I usually don't buy anything for quite a few months and if something catches my eye on youtube or on here I just pull the trigger.

    I'm sure something will catch your eye and you will become obsessed again.
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  9. guy g

    guy g Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 22, 2000
    I have all the knives I'll ever need. I am now retired, so funding is limited. No biggy as I have all the knives I need.
    But! I shop A lot for knives I know I'm not going to buy. It's fun to see what is out there.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    There has been an ebb and flow to all of my hobbies. Knives are no different. My suggestion is... don't worry about it and follow your interests regardless of whether it is a general interest or heightened interest. As far as blade steel goes, I have pretty much moved away from the so called super steels to something typically in the middle range. I see some new offering in say a Spydie in a new for model steel and I just say.... what I have is good enough. I own more knives than I will use in a lifetime even if I were 20 years old and I'm not. That doesn't mean I'm not interested. I just am not interested enough to spend the money often times now. This year has been a big change year for me.
  11. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Yep ebbs and flows. Of all my hobbies Knives is the only one that’s lasted my whole life, but I’ve gone through slow periods.

    It’s just the natural progression.
  12. marcinek

    marcinek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Welp....seems many folks' priorities have changed lately, including mine.

    Not many super sexy radical departures have happened lately in the knife world...overbuilt titanium framelock flippers! :cool: And in the last couple years knife prices have seemed to significantly increase, especially for the big makers.

    But knives are still cool, love the ones I have, and there's always more to learn about them, and I'm sure some sexy thing will catch my eye one day.

    Until many other can't afford/don't need rabbit holes to go down!
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  13. marcinek

    marcinek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    And if you are really itching for something knifey...expand your horizons a bit. Try a Dexter/Green River in the kitchen for 10-20 bucks. Mess with a Douk Douk or Higonokami in the woods.
  14. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Yep. Almost to that point with posting.
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  15. Undefeatable


    Feb 28, 2015
    I took a 2 year break myself (you can even look at my post history and see). After getting scammed out of $1650 from a maker, I wanted nothing to do with the hobby anymore. Got into watches heavily (still am) but found myself missing the people and conversations in the knife community. Watches are great but my god, the conversations on watch forums can get boring and annoying to say the least.
  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I participate in photography forums and about the only really interesting conversations are the .... "I'm new to photography. Help me decide on a camera and camera family." Like knives, those can be kind of fun as I am not that far removed from that phase of my life. Basically if I change brands, I am going back to square one in terms of equipment. I imagine watches can be the similar.
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  17. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I never wanted to be a collector but ended up with a small collection . :eek:
  18. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Lol, I think lots of knife addicts have an attraction to watch’s as well .
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  19. CyberRacer

    CyberRacer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 28, 2018
    My all time favorite response on a watch board:
    Q: Should I be concerned about water resistance if my Dive watch has a crystal on the back to view the movement?
    A: What, you mean like the crystal on the front???
  20. MayHemAndHaw


    May 5, 2020
    those back crystals are awesome if you have bad sweat that's prone to screw up a nice watch with a metal back.
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