The Just Hanging Out Thread.

Discussion in 'Community Center' started by cchu518, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    I bought parts to build a new PC at home, granted my current home PC is ~8yrs old, now I just have to wait for the delayed deliveries.
  2. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    University student here. Sem got pretty much cancelled. We’re still waiting for the university’s plans on summer classes and the next academic year. Nowadays, I keep my sanity with recreational and academic readings, video games, and largely unnecessary knife maintenance.

    Things suck now, but I hope everyone here is safe and doing okay. If you can afford to do so, consider donating to local channels around you that you trust. Lord knows our frontliners need all the help they can get. The shadow will pass and the warmth of the sun will greet our faces once more.
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  3. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    How awesome of an update is this one?

    I was in the middle of building a pitch deck for an interview that I'm about to have this week. As you guys remember I was laid off in February and the job interviews were few and far between in the months of March and April. That said I somehow ended up with 3 interviews last week. One was DOA, an HR person just trying to keep busy so that she could keep her job. I find out this week if I advance to the next round for one job and I have to present to the CEO of a company on Thursday as I made it to the next round of interviews for the 3rd job.

    So I was surprised to see a knife sized box in the mail for me, that is until I saw the label. It was from @bikerector aka Good Knife Co. Chad saw that I was looking for some knives in CTS-BD1N and made the decision to mail me a Manix Lw2. It was a perfect selection and will go great with the Para 3 Lw that I traded for. Recently, I had decided that I'm pretty happy edc'ing knives that are less than 3 ounces in weight and/or less than 3" blades unless it's a work knife. And if it's a work knife in most instances I don't need the folder to be overbuilt. So for my edc purposes, I've honed in on slim carry and light weight options. I've been looking to see how the added Nitrogen toughens up an already easy to maintain steel.

    This was a really nice surprise to my day and another example of how great the BF community is to one another! Thanks again Chad!

  4. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    That Chad is a good egg :)

    I'd wish you good luck on the interview, but no need... you've got this:D :thumbsup:
  5. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Very awesome!!

    Im so so glad to hear about those interviews!!! Good luck, Chris! Knock ‘em dead. :D
  6. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
  7. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Yes he is and thanks fellas, cross fingers!
  8. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    That is awesome @cchu518. I have been tempted by the Manix 2 LW but what I hesitate with is I really prefer screw together construction and not sure I want to bother with the mod myself(which I think I lack some tools for)

    :thumbsup: to @bikerector for the generosity.
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  9. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    This really was an awesome gesture. I had the Gen 1 Manix 2 LW for quite a number of years and regretfully traded it out. I just put away my native and Endura and the Manix 2 lw and Para 3 lw that I just got in the mail are going to be my daily work users for quite some time. This Manix 2 lw is in my permanent user collection naturally!

    The pinned construction is fine as I'm sure any dirty work you use it on can get rinsed out pretty quickly unless it's really sticky stuff. Otherwise the flat scales on the lw really work well for me. The harder thing to decide is redundancy's for instance if you have a Delica and a Native for example do you need a PM3? Or if you have a a Milli, Endura or a PM2 do you need a Manix 2?

    I think the Milli for me is the best large folder that I have ever handled. I've had maybe 6 iterations of it if I can remember and yet, in all those instances, I had maybe edc'd the Milli a handful of times. It was too big for me to pocket in pants other than jeans and the blade too stabby to whip out in public in the suburbs of NJ. Otherwise it had the best hand fitting handle for me on any knife I've ever owned.

    But "the best" doesn't always translate to what actually works well for me in daily life. Lately, I've been needing more knives that are just non-chalant users that fit in my pocket well, hold a reasonable edge, is reasonably tough up to about 440C/S35VN/VG10 standards, reasonably lightweight and pocketable. All in I've really reduced the number of knives that I own and the ones that I have if they aren't for specific purposes like being small enough to edc in an office then they seem to be a compromise of the above traits vs being flat out the best in any category. The Manix 2 LW fits that bill for me! It sits so flat that I don't notice the additional volume of the handle. I'm unsure why I've never gotten along with any of the PM2s that I've ever owned, but its another knife that could serve perfectly well as someone's one and only folder.

    PS Fidget factor is high on both the PM3 and Manix btw. Lol.
    Last edited: May 12, 2020
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  10. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    So while not directly related to the old PIF thread, the PIF thread was kind of the springboard that launched me into designing some smaller fixed blades for myself, then some for sale, and now I have a few more offerings and I'm working on getting a subforum to better support that effort. The whole business premise is to create cool designs that are useful but more importantly to take portions of those profits to give to charities or other good causes that come along the way. I've always liked the idea that businesses can be an amazing vehicle to serve people and communities, and I think what transpired in the PIF thread during that stage of my life was helpful in setting the stage for my very small knife company and what I'm doing in my day job, leading people.

    And let's be honest about my gesture to @cchu518, he's one of the nicest guys around these parts and he's helped me out on numerous occasions so offering up a small thank you to help foster our friendship just seems like a good idea. I've always been told to try and hang around good people and he's good people. There are others certainly but Chris is one who's stood out for me with advice and an example to follow.

    I will say, I don't follow his footsteps for buying less knives, but I claim them as "R&D" purchases these days :). It is getting harder to justify buying other people's fixed blades any more, but I've been steadily trading away folders for fixed blades so I'm still getting to see some neat new things that aren't my design.

    Lastly, I think while in this crisis there is so much opportunity to make good on the values many of us hold dear, like being a good person, good role model, and practicing what we've been preaching for a long time. Crisis has a way of making bare what we're really like on the inside. Note: I've been consuming tons and tons of leadership podcasts, posts, messages, and talks so I'm just a ball of emotion and passion, compared to my norm at least, the past month and a half that feels like years.
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  11. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012

    Thanks for an honest post. Its good to hear about where you want to be with where you are going.
    I agree @cchu518 is a great person, with outstanding character...we are all rooting for you during your interviews!
    Thanks again for an enjoyable post.
  12. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    ^ I really get this. Whether it's the work one does or their side hobbies, doing new things or things that one is passionate about activates brain cells and makes us feel alive.

    The older I get the more important that becomes for me. And thanks for the kind sentiment. I feel really lucky having grown up the way that I did and to survived it with none much worse for the wear! I hope that same for everyone else as well!
  13. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    damn... been two months since someone has posted... how are you guys doing? So far so good here. Wife and I still working... getting in hobbies when I get a chance... haven't made it out to use my fixed blades nearly enough, but for some reason still buying more... :rolleyes:

    Hope you are all doing well, staying healthy, staying sane :)
  14. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    @bikerector Love the new models you have out... especially the Michigan one... just hate the name (GO BUCKEYES!!! :D)
  15. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Hanging in there, nothing's really changed for me and mine...we're pretty much hermits anyway. Just work and the occasional knife related puttering for the most has put a serious damper on the meetups with @South paw draw and @sabre cat though:(
  16. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    Tell you what, I'll call it the Ohio Utility Knife if you will buy one. I'll even try to find some Buckeye burl for you :D.
  17. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    I'm busier than ever between correcting some bad culture at work, getting some knife designs finished up, taking care of toddler, and preparing for another one. I still get some bicycle rides and hikes in. Hoping to get some more camping in. I haven't done nearly the amount of blade slinging around the mountain bike trails I did prior years keeping things trimmed up.

    I'm hoping things will slow down this month. I'm finally coming back fully out of 3rd shift now after getting some stuff mostly set straight but there's still a lot of coaching and work to be done there. Rewarding and exhausting at the same time.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2020
  18. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Congratulations, bud! When is the new bundle of joy due?
  19. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    mid to late December. Should be a fun time if he/she is on schedule. Mine is 2nd week of December and my son's is early January so it could be 5 weeks straight of celebration between the B-days, Christmas, and New Year's.
  20. Yimes

    Yimes Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    Wow. Been a long time. Great to see some familiar names in here. I Hope everyone is getting along well these days.

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