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General observation

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Crow.Named.Mr.Bluejay, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Phixt


    May 28, 2016
    "My EDC, for the past 20ish years has been a Buck 110...Honestly not a big fan of folding knives overall." o_O

    Did I miss something in between? :confused:
    I miss stuff a lot.
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  2. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    First of all let me admit that the observation I am about to make may be subject to some kind of confirmation bias -- I am by no means immune to such a thing -- but at least around here I find there is more snobbery from people who favor cheap and simple knives than those who favor expensive and artful ones.
  3. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Yeah there's definitely a desperation to appear more genuine by way of more authentic less expensive gear. Fortunately it's really exaggerated to the point of camp so anyone like that is easy to spot.

    Lots of other folks on here using reasonable knives without needing to constantly broadcast their virtue and also lots of folks with nicer knives than I'll ever own who use them and go about their business without acting like rich kids of IG.
  4. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Here's some knife porn!
    Fiddleback Forge knives with Shadetree micarta handles:

    Oh and this is going to pop up no matter where you go so you might as well buy one to try for yourself it will most likely happen:
    This is a photo of a Chris Reeves's Star-benza in my own personal opinion, my favorite version of the CRK Sebenza. It's a titanium framelock and the guy invented the framelock although he called it something else the Reeve's Integral lock. This guy caused my wife ALOT of grief as I went down the titanium framelock knife buying rabbit hole for about 6 months.

    You'll also find guys on the forum like Brian Griffin aka Mistwalker who designed some of the fixed blades that are out in the market now. He walks through how he designed this $50 fixed blade to be a good knife for most people and the philosophy around the knife.

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  5. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    True, true. I'd say that the vast majority of users on this forum are pretty authentic in just being knife enthusiasts.
  6. WadeWilson

    WadeWilson Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Hey BlueJay. As an avid tattoo enthusiast and knife enthusiast, welcome to the forum. I’m looking forward to getting my tax return to finish up my sleeve. (I know, cool story bro :D)

    Anyway, knives... they’re quite an interesting hobby. I’ve been on this forum a while now and have learned A LOT. Like more than I ever needed to know. But I’ll say this: I think, like with any hobby, it’s all in what you make it. I’m a folder guy so I always have something clipped to my front left pocket. The gateway drug for me was a Spyderco Endura 4. It was less than $100 and served me well. But it just exploded from there. I’ve sampled what seems like almost every brand. Spyderco, Kershaw, Benchmade, Cold Steel, Buck, Zero Tolerance, etc. They all offer lots of different models at reasonable prices. Poke around this forum and I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. If you ever have a question, feel free to send me a message.

    Also, do you have an IG account? I like following different tattoo artists. :thumbsup:
  7. 21bangbang

    21bangbang Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2019
    Tactical handkerchief made me laugh. Said photos might be how the OP thinks hipster yuppies are knife collectors. Less so from matching mini flashlights and pens. I guess if you're gonna be tactical, you should look good doing it.
  8. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Haven't finished the thread, but what exactly is hipster about tattoos? They've been around for thousands of years. Tattoo artist is a legitimate profession.

    Also to the guy saying tattoos are overpriced, you get what you pay for when it comes to tattoos. You can get a nice knife for under 30 bucks. You cannot get a nice tattoo and there is a reason for that.
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  9. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Hey, if you want to keep your cost down and enjoy a few budget knives, look at the RAT series(RAT1, RAT 2,etc.) from Ontario Knife Company. The Ka-Bar Dozier series are amazing for how little they cost. Kershaw offers some wonderful designs in the $40-75 dollar range. And, of course, Spyderco is a favorite of many members here.

    Enjoy the journey that BF.com has to offer. Stay around long enough and you'll become a blade guru. :D
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  10. vanadium

    vanadium Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2003
    Let's fix that
  11. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    When you finally pick a sub-genre of this hobby that interests you then the rest will not be of any concern. You may have to try a few out to see what fits. This hobby is way too diverse to be into it all.

    Damascus and Mokuti are beautiful, and I've had it, but found that it does not interest me. Neither do the accessories: beads, spinners, flashlight, pen, pry-bar, hanky, etc... but if you like that stuff then go for it.

    For me it's Vintage Production, and lucky for me that most are sub $200, and finding them is the real challenge...


    Just wanted to add:

    As for tattoos, hipster is a style. Some are cool. Some not so much.

    I'm heavily covered (oldschool black/grey), and some of my favorite have been free. Not all tattoos come from a shop, or from a machine.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2019
  12. Crow.Named.Mr.Bluejay


    Jan 22, 2019
    Thanks for the heads up!!
  13. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Not all tattoos come from a shop, but the majority of good ones do. Not attacking yours obviously, but the majority of free or out of shop tattoos are done or received by younger adults without any knowledge on them. And it's pretty damn unsafe.

    And I've never heard of the hipster style. The guy above just said tattoos overall were hipster. Which I dont get.
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  14. Crow.Named.Mr.Bluejay


    Jan 22, 2019
    Haha, no worries. I have carried it consistently for the sake of sentiment. Was my grandfather’s until he handed it down to me.
    Folding knives don’t have the quickness that may be needed in a bind.
    Luckily though, I have never had to use it in urgency.
  15. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Oh I always thought the trick was maxing out your credit card and living with crippling debt. All to buy a knife you NEEDED but haven’t carried in 5 years.
  16. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    You’re not a real knife guy!

    You don’t even USE your knives or you would know the Rat 1 in D2 is the only knife you will ever need.
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  17. Crow.Named.Mr.Bluejay


    Jan 22, 2019
    Apologies for the mishap. I take full responsibility that the name of this thread sounds judgy and I did happen base some of the initial post on these “handcheck” posts that are popping up with Rolex watches and the like.

    What I meant with the not my scene thing was that I cannot afford or suffer buyers remorse (Note, that was also before so many people pointed me in the direction of reasonably priced makers/brands), at the end of the day, the artistry is what I am interested in. I replied to your initial comment in a snappy fashion because I was raised on the “take no shit from no man” mentality, but I am not above apologizing and admitting error.

    It is similar to building a tattoo machine. Yeah, you can drop $400-500 on a single machine or you can buy a cheap Chinese made machine for $20.
    The $20 machine may seem fine to anyone that doesn’t appreciate or understand the craftsmanship, but the quality is trash and doesn’t have a personal feel to it.

    In the end, I don’t mind paying higher prices for something that I can confirm is quality.

    No hard feelings?
  18. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Sounds good to me. Actually, I think you'll like it here. I do.
  19. Crow.Named.Mr.Bluejay


    Jan 22, 2019
    Thanks for the info, and yes, IG is the same as the name on here. Note, I am only 9 months out of my apprenticeship, so there isn’t anything mind blowing, haha.
  20. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    That's not a real knife! Unless it can repeatedly stab through a car hood it's a fall apart piece of crap!:D

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