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Your recent opinion on Nick Shabazz ?

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

  1. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Some people... Calling him a coward? Why, because he wants to keep his personal life completely separate from his internet persona? That's not being a coward. And letting him loose in a machine shop? Sorry, not everyone can make knives, or program a computer, or perform brain surgery. So imo that's just an idiotic thing to say. I can't make knives, but I can still give my opinions on them. So can you. Would I like to try and make a knife? Sure! I probably never will though, I have enough keeping me busy.

    I bet that's not even nicks real voice. He's a character, and a good one. He has a few other characters as well. I think he's an entertainer, he's witty, and he likes knives and give us his opinions, likes, dislikes, and sometimes that doesn't always equal what we like or dislike. And that's OK, because we're all different, and require different tools. He likes watches, I don't. He likes knives I wouldn't give a second look. I still enjoy his videos.

    If you don't like him, don't watch him. No one's twisting your arm. I'll continue to watch because, even if I disagree with him, he still makes me laugh. Especially his Medford reviews... Lol
  2. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    I really like his reviews, seems like a great guy to talk knives with, Im a top tier patreon of him, what can I say, the guys a gem
  3. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    He is a genuine person and helpful. I like his videos, but even if I didn't, there is no reason to hate on him. You either like a channel or you don't, there are plenty of options.
  4. golden_dragon


    Dec 14, 2016
    I watched a lot of his videos, though I don't always agree or listen to his opinions. Wondering what is the next model that would go up in market value from his "promotions"
    Last edited: May 21, 2019
  5. Banter 247

    Banter 247

    Feb 22, 2019
    Since this thread was started, he has started multiple charitable fund raisers, started a contest which has provided increased visibility for 50 other channels (including mine), and has quietly provided helpful guidance to some folks behind the scenes.

    Those types of things matter in ways that effect the day to day life experiences of other people. I consider that a bigger deal than anything content related.

    Beyond that, he has also made a few comments in various exchanges that show a higher degree of understanding cutting geometry and performance than most people likely imagine him to have.

    We’ll agree or disagree at times, but he has earned my respect by showing that he leads with good intentions, and that matters to me more than pocket pecker debate.
  6. Abyss_Fish


    Mar 14, 2019
    got me properly into knives and informed my first big knife purchase. Informative videos that always make me laugh. Neat guy.
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  7. stuff_things

    stuff_things Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    The one complaint I have, is he uses SOOO much wrist flicking to open a ball bearing flipper.

    Petty I know, but that's all I have. Solid dude.
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  8. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    I wonder this a lot also. I believe the two biggest were the Neutron and the Skaha, so I'm curious as to what's next.
  9. Lance Leon

    Lance Leon Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2017
    Don't forget the Spyderco Slysz Bowie. I'm a fan of Nick but still don't understand that one to this day, but hey, people like what they like.
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  10. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Yeah the prices on that gave skyrocketed. I like the knife, but they really need to do a sequel so we can get away from these ridiculous 450 dollar price tags.
  11. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    I'll take Cutlery Lover over Nick any day.
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  12. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    Like it or not, he has turned into an "influencer" in the knife world as a whole. More people watch videos these days than read and inform themselves. So if somebody big in a market/hobby/interest says something a lot of people just take it as gospel.
  13. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    Only niggle I have is his use of "anyways" instead of the proper "anyway" (more and more common these days) which brings out the grammar marm in me.
  14. Lance Leon

    Lance Leon Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2017
    Agreed. I just find it strange that some people dislike him for making certain knives popular - it's not his fault, it's merely the nature of the beast.
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  15. wickettedge

    wickettedge Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I only rediscovered the hobby about a year ago, when my friend gave me a WE knife... Bearings, flipper, awesome steel. What is this magical thing? I didn't know knives had come so far over the last 20 years.

    YouTube (Nick, Birdshot, LuvThemKnives, ...) influenced me and provided some good laughs along my journey. And, helped me find BF. So, I think @NickShabazz is great!
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  16. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    Yup, doesn't seem fair. You watch, you read, you take the information presented as a set of data and make your own conclusion.
    Same how people ding @austonh / EpicSnuggleBunny for his videos and calling it "bad reviews/knife porn/showing off" , he never claimed to be a reviewer and just shares what he bought and likes. I enjoy it and it can be helpful. Really not fair to him. (Keep it up Auston :thumbsup:)
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  17. Banter 247

    Banter 247

    Feb 22, 2019
    My first video was a case study in what not to do. I decided that I was going to shoot a review in one take, start to finish, and stubbornly clung to it. For three days, I spent hours recording and deleting, increasingly frustrated that it never felt good enough.

    Auston’s “I am not a reviewer” video went up 12/1/18, which was right about when I was deciding to give up. The way he opened up in that video and talked about being self critical (“I hate every video I make”), despite how good his content is, completely shifted my perspective. My first video was take number 64, posted on 12/3. It wasn’t perfect, and no video I ever do will be. It was a start, though.

    Since then, I’ve met incredible people, and have had unreal opportunities opened up to me (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top having had Ray Laconico send me a prototype for feedback), and none of this would have happened if I hadn’t heard Auston in that video.

    Very good content. Classy guy. He’ll probably never realize how much he has positively influenced people. I’m determined to pay that forward.
  18. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    People complain that Nutnfancy does that, too. It's just to ensure reliable opening, there's nothing wrong with it. I think it's a good thing if you want to open your knives for reasons other than fiddling around.
  19. cbrstar


    Sep 7, 2015
    I guess to make kids happy these days you have to beat on a random piece of wood in the forest. All while using the same tired out "Your not a man" joke and making memes about Lynn being Jesus.
  20. NickShabazz


    Aug 10, 2014
    Hah, this is fair. But remember, I spend about equal time with amazing flippers and awful ones, where the wrist flick is needed. So, my general strategy probably favors a bit of flick for encouragement. Regression to the mean!

    This is a dangerous thing, for sure. 'Influencer' is a term that bothers me (even though I acknowledge that it probably fits me). No one reviewer or social media personality should dictate your desires or tastes, and as always, the very best thing a reviewer can be is one of many datapoints in your analysis leading up to a purchase. Anybody taking me as gospel needs better gospels!

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