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Is a knife an accessory?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Miknuyh, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Miknuyh


    Dec 5, 2014
    quick question for you guys I just had an hour long argument with my girl fighting over if a knife is an accessory. I told her it's not told her it was a tool used as a tool and that's it. But she keeps on telling me it's an accessory. That carry it around because pretty...
  2. rschuch


    Apr 18, 2014
    Like most things in male / female arguments, it's both. You're both right. If you carried a screwdriver or a hammer around with you, yeah it's a tool. Maybe you're a carpenter. Make the screwdriver a flipper out of D2 with ergonomic carbon fiber handles and put a swedge with a slight recurve on the shaft, it's an accessory. It's a craft. It's an art. Craftsmen have been embellishing weapons for centuries for a flair and personal touch, but it doesn't make them any less useful or deadly.
  3. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    To me it turns into an accessory once gaudy lanyards, beads and pocket clips are applied especially when the embellishments cost more than the knife.
  4. Blues Bender

    Blues Bender Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    A thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.

    I think she meant luxuries. Why can't a tool be an accessory? Yes, my knives are luxurious tools. I'm ok with that. If a knife was strictly a tool, I would just carry a SAK or Leatherman.
  5. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
  6. ebidis


    Jun 23, 2012
    No, Knives are essentials. All of my other stuff is just accessories for my knives. :D
  7. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    Knives do make me more useful, versatile, and attractive. So yes!
  8. Jens Schuetz

    Jens Schuetz

    Jun 24, 2013
    Her purse could also be seen as a bag to carry stuff, or is it something she carries empty only because it's pretty?
    Same with knives. Tool first but also pretty, depending on the model.
  9. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    A knife is an essential part of my daily gear. It doesn't need to appear pretty. Just so it performs the task of cutting for me. DM
  10. 1234

    1234 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    No, its a necessary.

  11. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    My wife says a bit of both.
    And I tend to agree; it is a tool, but I certainly do match it to my mood that day, or what I'm doing.
    Considerations like "Does this knife or that one feel more woodsy" when I'm headed to the woods...even if there are 5 knives that all would function equally well.

    Embrace the intangible whatevers that make living in this part of the world so much fun! :D
  12. 1 ADAM12

    1 ADAM12

    Nov 22, 2013
    Nope, it's a tool, for me anyway..
  13. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    If you ever carry a knife that costs more than $50, it's an accessory and no longer just a tool.
  14. killgar


    Sep 24, 2002
    Don't you understand, you were disagreeing with a woman, so you're automatically wrong and she's right, whatever the subject might be.


    The way I see it, if you use a knife to cut things, then it's a tool.

    If you never cut with your knife, but only fondle it, flick it, open it, etc, then it's a toy.

    If you carry a knife as a part of your wardrobe, but not to use, then it's an accessory.

    And if you choose a knife based on it's beauty, and carry it but never use it to cut things, then it's "man jewelry".

    I'm sort of kidding about all that ;)
  15. Cutlover


    Jan 20, 2016
    That's a pretty shallow generalization lol. An accessory is something added to something else that increases usefulness, versatility, or attractiveness. Depending on your interpretation of the definition, all knives would either be accessories or not, independent of price. You could have a $10, $200, or $1000 knife that you use to go camping with, usually not considered an accessory. Or you could have a $10, $200, or $1000 knife that you keep in your pocket because the clip looks cool with your pants. That's an accessory.
  16. Cutlover


    Jan 20, 2016

    So...say you chose it because it looks cool, fondle it (I think fondle is a somewhat strange word to use when talking about knives, but I'll go with it since it is weirdly accurate), but also cut stuff, would it be a man jewelry tool toy?
  17. ebidis


    Jun 23, 2012
    Bingo! :D
  18. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    Point taken, I can't disagree.
  19. BitingSarcasm


    Feb 25, 2014
    Any way you slice this argument, the end result is that you are going to be sleeping on the couch. If selecting the Knives of the Day is going to be called accessorizing, that's fine by me. Just don't make me match my shoes--I wear ugly shoes.
  20. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
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