Your recent opinion on Nick Shabazz ?

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

  1. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 6, 2017
    Wow. I was on this thread early on, it seemed pretty normal, and I came back to it just now and wow....some really crazy stuff on here.....lol There are some pretty nasty things being said and some nice support too. Just another day on the internet I guess.
    I have issues with Nick too, since we lead very different lives and therefore use very different knives. Sometimes I wonder if all he does with a knife is cut apples. He admits that knives are "man jewlery" to him but theyre still just a tool to many of us. My other problem is that hes a fanboy of certain things. Many knives he reviews he will nitpick them to death and complain about the price, but if that same knife had a funny looking tick/spyder on the blade instead of, say, a butterfly for instance, he would like it more. Just my impression. On that note, Ive seen him complain a good deal about Benchmade pricing...and then turn around and talk about how Spyderco is a real value when they also have MAP pricing and have increased dramatically over the years!
    Now, for the constructive part here. To fix the first issue: maybe Nick could try to give review knives more of a workout. Im not sure how he tests but maybe he try to put a little more stress on knives. Im not saying make a Cold Steel proof video, but maybe do more than carry it and cut apples and mail. Thats important, but there are people who dont work in a city office too...
    To fix the second issue: maybe he can try to be more impartial. Its easy to be biased. It happens. But one can always try to improve.
    All that said, Im a fan! :) I like Nicks videos, and theres no need to be a jerk to him here people. On the other hand, constructive critisism is a good thing. To Nick: keep up the good work man! I love the humor in your videos, and you have a great attitude and outlook on life. Also, your bad knives series is just great.
     
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  2. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
    What was your last user name here? Because this sounds familiar.
     
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  3. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Because people don't have a problem with him in the way that you do, they're "drinking the kool aid"? How old are you?
     
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  4. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I always love when people use this rationale as a rebuff to someone's review.

    Nick doesn't need to be a chef to tell you your steak is tough. He doesn't need to be a certified ASE auto mechanic to tell you that your car isn't running right. He doesn't need to be a carpenter to tell you that the roof leaks.

    And he doesn't need to be a machinist to tell you that a blade isn't centered and the grind is uneven.

    Nick's taste and mine don't exactly jive, but I appreciate what he's doing. He's doing more for the knife community than I am, fer sher.
     
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  5. cbrstar

    cbrstar

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    Sep 7, 2015
    I'm a Christian. And honestly I think it's pretty weird to put a Bible verse on a knife...Especially if the knife can be used as a weapon eg https://jakehobackknives.com/products/karamback

    IMHO it's almost trying to twist things to be like Pulp Fiction but you only know one Bible verse from going to hockey games lol

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    I watched the Nick review on the HobackSnex and honestly in this Christians opinion what Nick said was more then fair. He didn't say anything neg about Christianity he just said he wished it was an option. To me there is a time and place for everything and maybe a knife isn't the best medium for that message. For many people it would be just as weird as buying a car and having a Bible verse across the dash that referenced safety lol. If you like/want that sort of thing it should be a custom option like Nick suggests.

    Nick when ever you create art you will get a sea of negative covetous people that will try to bring you down because you are doing something they only wish they had the ability to. Keep your chin up, you're awesome and your vids are great.
     
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  6. yamsi12

    yamsi12 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 16, 2013
    His videos are entertaining even if he does sound like a used car salesman from Queens.
     
  7. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 4, 2018
    reported for personal attack
     
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  8. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    2 of your 3 posts are sharing your negative opinion on another. Sure, that is just your opinion, but it pretty much holds zero water since you are also cowardly hiding behind your screen name. Since that clearly matters to you, don't be hypocritical. Share your full name, location, occupation, and picture so we can take your opinions seriously.*

    He's a Youtuber. He is not your neighbor, your sheriff, your insurance agent, a politician, your doctor or dentist, business partner, potential client, etc. You don't need to see his face or know that to enjoy the content. You don't even need to pay to enjoy his content. YouTube is FREE! If that stuff still matters to you, then that is your prerogative. If you don't like his content, go elsewhere.



    For the record, I watch YouTube but haven't watched knife reviews in years as I have no real use for them. I may have seen his in the past but don't recall. Based on his demeanor here though, I would definitely give him a go if I were inclined. He seems like another dude that has a passion for this hobby and has the means to share his thoughts in a more visual medium.


    *I was being facetious for effect. Don't do that unless you want to. We're all allowed our privacy to whatever degree we desire. I respect the opinion of many here and have only seen one in person (my brother, if that counts:rolleyes::D) and a handful more in pictures. It was nice to put a face to a name, but that did not affect my opinion of them.** That was earned by my interactions with them and gleaning their character through their posts on the forum.

    **Ok, I lied there. Some of them have quite envious beards, the lucky bastards. :p
     
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  9. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Duplicate accounts are prohibited. This one is being removed. You will have to man up and try trolling under your own account. Trust me. That won't fly far either.
     
  10. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    Nick’s alright by me. Don’t like em don’t watch em. That’s all I have to say.
     
  11. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Reported for beard envy!!! A very serious offense that will be dealt with swiftly and harshly!!
    :D:p
     
  12. NickShabazz

    NickShabazz

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    Aug 10, 2014
    Although I'm a bit reluctant to engage with trolls, one thing I should highlight: Every charitable fundraiser I've done has been done such that people donate *directly* to a local domestic violence shelter to enter, and then send me proof, such that it is literally impossible for me to 'steal the charity money'. I then ship the items to the winners at my own cost. I've also personally donated over $1000 to local shelters from the channel (although you don't have to believe me), and $250 to a local (well, in Michigan) animal shelter.

    Sorry to hear that you're not a fan, and you can call me a coward all you'd like for keeping my work and YouTube life separate. When you make your own channel, you can make your own choices.

    Thanks, of course, to everybody who's stepped up to support me here. Again, a couple of haters aside, this thread has been a beautiful thing.
     
  13. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Don't feed the Trolls Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    In the spirit of “I am Negan”, I think all of us should be Nick Shabazz.
     
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  14. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I've never seen the charitable fundraisers (don't pay that much attention) but that's an awesome way to do it. I'm quite happy that this thread exists, as the more I find out about your channel and how you conduct yourself, the happier I am that you're a member here.
     
  15. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    As one who enjoys a lot of Youtube knife content, including @NickShabazz 's channel, and likewise enjoys the conversation here, I see this thread as a good example of bridgebuilding. There should definitely be more conversations and exchanges like this. :thumbsup:
     
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  16. Tzoid

    Tzoid

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    Jan 17, 2019
    I watch Nick's reviews and disassembly clips on YouTube.... He's entertaining and reminds me of the "Jerky Boys".
     
  17. RBid

    RBid

    Apr 6, 2014
    Undiscussed thus far:

    He responded to trolling by starting a charity drive.

    Let that sink in.

    I don’t think people understand how difficult it is as a human being, and therefore a creature contending with ego, to consistently respond to negativity and challenge with class and positivity. While anyone may disagree with his taste or opinions, it would be a tough sell to challenge him on grounds of conduct or character. He’s having a very real positive impact beyond the knife community by leveraging his reach for good causes. That is commendable.
     
  18. Tzoid

    Tzoid

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    Jan 17, 2019
    Well said RBid...... I saw the Charity drive and it's a great cause. Those that have never participated in activities like that
    are sometimes quick to dismiss the amount of work that goes into it. Time isn't free.
     
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  19. CableGirl

    CableGirl

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    Aug 19, 2018
    My recent opinion is very much like my first impression. Id gladly spend an afternoon over a beverage or two discussing knives and knife trends, a few laughs in some vintage east coast pub. I once had a coworker with a thick New Jersey accent and his demeanor was a joy to be around for a girl raised in a Scotch-English family.

    After all most reviews are just opinions, right?
     
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  20. austonh

    austonh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Regardless of what you think of Nick Shabazz, there are now 280 posts on a Bladeforums thread specifically about him. So love him, or hate him, you know about him and care enough to comment.

    That is: winning...
     
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