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Not using what I carry and not carrying what I use - New level of the sickness.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Houlahound, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Houlahound

    Houlahound Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 2, 2017
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    Carrying up to 3 - 4 knives now just to go to the corner store - the most expensive knives I own on rotation.

    Had a relatively elementary piercing task to accomplish and chose to drive home 5km to get my $10 Chinese no name knife to perform the task cos I didn't want any marks getting on my overbuilt, supersteel thick stock, super lock near $200 folder.

    Dude in the car said, you for real? We drove 5k to get a knife, what's wrong with the three in your pockets or the one in your pants?

    I'm like fuck that not using my knives for that, you crazy?

    What have I become?
  2. Mistman68

    Mistman68 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2019
    That's all kinds of messed up! Not going to say what I really think, you do you man.
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  3. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    Some people like pocket jewelry. To each their own. They’re yours, you can do what you’d like with them, they exist only to make you happy :)

    That said, I would use any knife I carry for any knife related task I might face. I stopped carrying jewelry and whittled it down to knives I am not afraid to use. From $30 Bucks to $600 CRK. I carry and use them all :thumbsup:
  4. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    In the future, I'd suggest 1 of your 3-4 knives that you carry be a $10 Chinese special to perform essential duties and save on gas.

    If gas was $6 a gallon, would you have still made the trip?

  5. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Nothing wrong with carrying an inexpensive beater. Not "cheap", but inexpensive. Like a Kabar Dozier, Ontario Rat, Byrd, some 8Cr13MoV Kershaw. I don't use my ZDP-189/Carbon Fibre Caly 3 to cut cardboard, I use a $12 Opinel. I paid less than $20 for a Kabar folder in AUS-8 that I'll pry, drill, and scrape with because it's easy to sharpen if I happen to damage it, cheap to replace if I need to, and still locks up like bank vault.

    And does your car not have a glove compartment?
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  6. comis

    comis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 17, 2013
    Welcome to the Blade Forum!
  7. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    I'm surprised you don't have a knife in your car/ glovebox! I always have kept some kind of blade in my car for just such a circumstance or I forgot my edc or some non knifer asks to borrow mine and I don't feel like cutting it for em or plenty of other situations!!!
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  8. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    I got my Shaman Friday. Over the weekend it cut cardboard, scraped paint off walls, and opened mail. Whats the point of having the knife if you're not going to use it?

    Use the knives, scratch them up, you'll get over it.
  9. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
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  10. RealVendetta


    Sep 30, 2019
    Use your stuff man! Thats half if not more of the fun!
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  11. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    it's a tool not a jewel
  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Keep a knife inside your vehicle just in case. Better yet, keep several. If I am unwilling to use the knives I would normally carry, I would not carry them period. I can fondle and admire them better at home anyway.

    But the answer to your dilemma is to carry a SAK and leave one or two of your other knives at home or simply rotate them as you wish.
  13. RustyIron


    Dec 4, 2019
    Instead of only four knives in your pockets, you should start carrying five.
  14. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Just take one knife and use it. You should see my CRK Umnumzaan, it's got dings, scratches and small chunks of metal missing lol. Send me your $200 knife and I'll break it in for you so you don't feel bad.

    But carrying 4 knives seems more than a little over the top and driving back home to get a different knife is just plain weird.
  15. l1ranger

    l1ranger Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 27, 2017
    it sounds like you are creating a problem just so you can find a solution

    carry at least one user - next question
  16. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Can understand not wanting to use them, but can't fathom carrying them around...leave them home, or at least all but one. Carry 2...a cheapo to use, and a nice one to fondle.
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  17. Chefget

    Chefget Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 1998
    You're doing it wrong...
  18. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Find 4 worthy people and give your 4 expensive knives to them.

    Clearly you don't deserve them, and the world is not benefitting one iota from the knives being in your pockets.

    Then get yourself an Opinel. You'll have a knife you will use, and 4 people will have knives that they'll use and enjoy.

    It's a win/win/win/win/win situation.
  19. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I carry 3 knives as a routine - a traditional, a modern folder, and a fixed blade. I'm generally willing to use any of them for the types of cutting tasks I encounter in my day; but, many days, they don't get used... simply because I rarely need a knife.
    I could pretty much leave the modern folder at home; because, if I need a knife, I usually use the traditional or fixed blade...but I like my modern folders; so I continue to carry them.
    As has been said - if you're going to carry multiple knives, make at least one of them a user.

    Just out of curiosity, when you're carrying knives you won't use, do you leave them idle in your pocket (or wherever)... or do you find yourself handling them (fondling, admiring, fidgeting)?

    BTW - it's not a new level, it's been there for a long time...it just took you a while to find it (or realize you were there).
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2020
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  20. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    If your story is true, you are the luckiest person in the world, except maybe Vanna White.
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