Your recent opinion on Nick Shabazz ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chapp, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Chapp


    Mar 28, 2018
    He's mostly seen as your good guy Greg of the knife world and his reviews seem to gather some attention. I know he wasn't really liked at the beginning but people seem to have mellowed a bit about him recently. What's your take about him ?
  2. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
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  3. orangejoe35

    orangejoe35 The Opposite Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2016
    I like his videos. I am unsure why one wouldn’t like him.
  4. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    I like him just fine. Useful reviews on a nice variety of products. I don’t always agree with him, but different strokes and such. Seems like a genuine dude who likes knives. Good in my book!
  5. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    He is also a contributing, good natured member on these boards. There is a thread as indicated above. I personally think it would be better to post there, but it is entirely up to the Mods how to handle this.

    Nick can take the lumps, as evident in that ongoing thread, but I see him more as a fellow forum member than YT’r. I don’t watch much YT, but I have watched some of his videos and I like the guy, to be honest. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, which is rare in this age of narcissistic self-promotion by an ever growing plethora of distinctly mediocre individuals.
  6. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    I like his reviews and he seems like a good guy overall. I often disagree with him, but I don't get bent out of shape over it because reviews are subjective, he does what a reviewer should do though, objective facts and personal gripes. And his disassembly videos are great.
  7. Blacplastik


    Sep 7, 2017
    Knifes cut stuff.
  8. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    I watch abt half of his videos all of the way...see the first 3min of everything. Primarily he has horrible taste in knives, and does not like blades that are over 3 inches in length. That notwithstanding, when he gets it right, and reviews excellent knives, he's one of the best channels to watch on YouTube.

    The random jacka** who is well known in the knife world calls out effective self defense weapons as "MURDERY" which is bad for the industry and innocent using a knife to defend himself against scum.
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  9. Durham68

    Durham68 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Love his format and his humor. He is always my go-to reviewer for EDC knives. After owning a number of knives he’s reviewed, I have a better feel for how to make use of his reviews. I do feel like he’s getting a little less critical recently. Maybe he’s just being more selective in what he reviews. That said, I think he went a bit easy on the Kapara, letting things slide that he’s dinged other knives for.
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  10. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    I've watched his reviews and over time have discovered that I generally do not share his POV on knives.

    However, he provides a useful service which I hope he's compensated for by Youtube. He's also a BF participant, who is able to maintain his sense of humor and perspective despite suffering the slings and arrows directed towards him here and elsewhere on the Net, which earns him high marks in my book.


    While my opinion of Nick's contribution to the knife "community" hasn't changed significantly, I must say that I was very disappointed in his Feb 2019 "review" of the CRKT Provoke which, according to Nick, would make a GREAT carpet cutter but apparently isn't good for much else.

    The "review" was obviously scripted to be humorous and was done "tongue in cheek" but The Provoke is a serious knife and knife and its designer deserved better treatment than that IMO. Take a look and judge for yourself: Nick Shabazz on the CRKT Provoke.
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  11. Heirphoto

    Heirphoto Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Watching his reviews taught me two new descriptive knife terms, "Murdery" and "Stabby"
  12. lex2006

    lex2006 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    I like Nic especially his disassembly videos .
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  13. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    I enjoy his videos a great deal. He has a sense of humor, and he explains *why* he doesn’t (or does) like something. Most importantly, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

    I don’t always agree with him, but I respect his opinions.
  14. vanadium


    Apr 5, 2003
    Demonetized along with every other reviewer of "dangerous weapons" etc. He gets financial support for the channel via Patreon.

    He also had a series called "Knife Gripes" for Knife News. I think that series is one of the greatest services anyone's done to the industry in a long time.
  15. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    I like watching his reviews and disassembly videos. I frequently come to different conclusion than he does about what we like... but that's fine. His videos show me things I probably wouldn't see (both in terms of opinions and knife "innards") if I didn't watch some of his vids.
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  16. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Initially his voice cut through my brain like a cheap smatchet but after a while the quality of the reviews made it slightly tolerable.
    I appreciate his support to our community.
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  17. Gideons

    Gideons Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    I personally never understood the appeal of his reviews. He doesn't use the knives in his reviews, he is very biased and opinionated on many talking points (for example: his stance on (against)"pocket peckers" and how much he prefers small, urban/office EDC knives). He often comes off very "soft" when talking about traction/jimping on a knife also. His bias/preference on many knife features are so blatant and predictable, that I will often know what he will say about a knife just by looking at it, before I even watch the video. I get the feeling he overall doesn't use knives very much and have found his videos lack any insight or information.

    However, he does seem like a decent a guy and I have used his disassembly videos in the past.
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  18. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Both of which epithets amuse me. His coining of ‘murdery’, or at least it was new to me, is one of the reasons I like the guy. I used to scrape people off the street and stabilise them in ambulances on the way to hospital, so ‘stabby’ is a word I knew already. Lots of stabby youths in London, where I live. It’s something of a tradition, sadly. A perpetual cycle.

    I count religion but a childish toy, And hold there is no sin but ignorance. Birds of the air will tell of murders past. I am asham'd to hear such fooleries!

    - Christopher Marlowe, playwright. Born 1564, stabbed to death in a London Tavern 1593. Elizabeth I introduced the first knife restrictions in my city.
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  19. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    He does for a reason, I suspect at least 95% of the people who watch him regularly would get stabbed by their own knife in a knife fight. So he advocated (rightly so) to instead invest in running shoes and avoid a fight whenever possible, and if you get in a fight as a layman who isn't trained every blunt improvised weapon is better than a a folding knife.
    That being said, the rest of the conversation probably doesn't belong here. I do however agree that @NickShabazz could do away with the counter productive terms ala "Murdery" and "Stabby", and use something more neutral.
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  20. RBid


    Apr 6, 2014
    I’m actively restraining myself from writing a book in reply form. I’m going to use bullet points to keep myself in check.

    1. People I respect, who have interacted directly with him, have great things to say about his character.

    2. As a long time knife guy recently getting into reviewing, I have to say that Nick has been a hell of a resource through his reviews and his “behind the gems” video.

    3. He’s articulate, detailed, unafraid, and often entertaining. I don’t think any reviewers are better at putting the review sample in the viewers’ hands, so to speak. For people who are using reviews to make informed buying decisions about things they can’t handle before purchasing, I think he’s one of the best resources out there. Opinions aside, he is going to describe a lot, and point out things most do not.

    I’ll leave it at that.

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