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Why are you so in to knives?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by mike81695, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. mike81695

    mike81695

    31
    Jan 9, 2011
    Why are you so in to knives?
    I get asked this question often. Mom, dad, girl friend, other relatives, co workers friends etc. etc. I have answers that I feel are reasonable. Knives are art and their useful. They could be used to save your life and they may not always be the best cutting tool for certain tasks, but they cover the most cutting tasks in that they are suited for a wider range of cutting tasks than just scissors or a utility razor. To me though, they are truly art. Forms of expression. Knives also represent advances humans have made in materials, production, measurement, art and so on.

    BUT....(here it comes)...WHY so many knives? The best answer I have for that is that it is the same reason my girlfriend has so many shoes, my mom has so many plants, my dad has so many hats. Variety of aesthetics is fun! I also like to experience the way different materials feel and perform and the way different steels cut. Some steels are tougher and take a beating, others hold a very sharp edge for a long time. Then there are steels that are extremely rust resistant, and in having these options I've always got a cutting tool in my different activities that is the best suited for that activity and/or task.

    After that I don't know....I received my first knives when I was seven. A Swiss army knife and fillet knife. My mom gave them to me for when I went fishing on the beach and showed me how her Dad used to sharpen his knives with an old Arkansas stone that had been in the family. Ever since then I've continued to buy knives that are better in some way or "cooler in some way. At this point I've got Busse fixed blades and Chris Reeve folders and I'm still looking! There's just something about KNIVES!

    How about y'all? Why knives? Why so many? Can we even explain it?
     
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  2. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    569
    Mar 12, 2017
    Why are you so in to knives?
    I get asked this question often. Mom, dad, girl friend, other relatives, co workers friends etc. etc. I have answers that I feel are reasonable. Knives are art and their useful. They could be used to save your life and they may not always be the best cutting tool for certain tasks, but they cover the most cutting tasks in that they are suited for a wider range of cutting tasks than just scissors or a utility razor. To me though, they are truly art. Forms of expression. Knives also represent advances humans have made in materials, production, measurement, art and so on.

    BUT....(here it comes)...WHY so many knives? The best answer I have for that is that it is the same reason my girlfriend has so many shoes, my mom has so many plants, my dad has so many hats. Variety of aesthetics is fun! I also like to experience the way different materials feel and perform and the way different steels cut. Some steels are tougher and take a beating, others hold a very sharp edge for a long time. Then there are steels that are extremely rust resistant, and in having these options I've always got a cutting tool in my different activities that is the best suited for that activity and/or task.

    After that I don't know....I received my first knives when I was seven. A Swiss army knife and fillet knife. My mom gave them to me for when I went fishing on the beach and showed me how her Dad used to sharpen his knives with an old Arkansas stone that had been in the family. Ever since then I've continued to buy knives that are better in some way or "cooler in some way. At this point I've got Busse fixed blades and Chris Reeve folders and I'm still looking! There's just something about KNIVES!

    How about y'all? Why knives? Why so many? Can we even explain it?
     
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  3. Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    547
    Mar 10, 2010
    Worked in a butcher shop for four years. That's where my addiction started.

    Why so many now - compare and contrast.
     
  4. KIVALO

    KIVALO

    112
    Feb 21, 2014
    I've been interested in blade since I was a kid. No idea why.
     
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  5. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    569
    Mar 12, 2017
    Excuse the double post please. I think I created another account back in the day and don't know why it goes to mike81695 or Korean hog sometimes.
     
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  6. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    569
    Mar 12, 2017
    Excuse the double post please. I think I created another account back in the day and don't know why it goes to mike81695 or Korean hog sometimes.
     
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  7. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    569
    Mar 12, 2017
    That's honestly, essentially, what my long post was saying. I don't know either, but I know that I am. Not to fit in or be cool in some way. I just really really like knives.
     
  8. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    I long ago reached the point where I don't explain myself to anyone but God. All others are welcome to their opinions of my choices but I'm not concerned. If they are truly curious, I'll go into the history, differences, usefulness, etc. but the fact is they rarely are, they are just critical. (insert Bronx cheer) :p
     
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  9. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    569
    Mar 12, 2017
    I hear ya brother! I think it often is a bit of a snotty question designed to be more of a statement of some kind the other person just can't quite out right say :D With others I think it is just mildly bewildering that someone could be so in to knives of all things. Even still I take the opportunity to reflect and answer it for my self, but I can't. I can't help it that knives are great and make me happy.
     
  10. sfrigon1

    sfrigon1

    927
    Oct 2, 2016
    Ugh I think initially it's a subconscious thing with my mom never allowing me to have one. I grew up in the city and in a rough area and it just wasn't needed. Plus w my luck I would have fallen on it or something. As I got older I became a tradesman and learned to appreciate well crafted things i.e. tools and what not. So for me it's the combination of a well built tool that is usable and a piece of art. Mix that w my OCD and boom I have 50+ pairs of nikes and 40 + knives. And obviously 20+ bills that are late
     
  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    The knife and the hammer were basically man's first tools, and I like the fact that they are so important that they're still used today.

    every true man has to carry a knife when and where legal, and since there is such a variety in this important item it creates interest.
    If there was only one knife for people to carry, nobody would own more than one, and nobody would talk about them.

    More specific to me though, I found a Vic classic on the ground at an amusement park when I was 3. My mom took it " until you're old enough " , this got me fascinated by them because my mom didn't like me having most things I thought were cool.
     
  12. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Because knives are a far less expensive hobby than firearms, working on cars and home improvement. The cost of production knives I can handle. A new FN, Whipple, or Wolf? For those I have to pause and consider...
     
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  13. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    It might be my Apache ancestry.
    I've always liked sharp pointy things.
    Stone tools and blades have been used for thousands of years by early man. We are just thousands of years ahead now with technology.
     
  14. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    Its the embodiment of independence. If I have a blade, I have a chance.

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    That picture is what hope looks like to me.
     
  15. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    I get the boots. I get the blade. But why the watch as a symbol of hope o_O ?
     
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  16. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Every man should wear a watch, if you wear a watch you always know what time it is and don't have to ask other people. You also don't have to depend on a cellphone like so many people do.
     
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  17. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    Love my Casio solar pathfinder :thumbsup:
     
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  18. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    lol...That sounds exactly like my dad :). My snarky reply to him at the time was that I preferred to track the sun and nearby shadows to mark the time. He called me an idiot :(
     
  19. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    My watch also contains a compass and handcuff key attached to the band.
     
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  20. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Aha...The old handcuff key along the watch band configuration. Another hardcore CM move. I like it.
     

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