Your recent opinion on Nick Shabazz ?

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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!

It certainly fits you by now, and while I can see it being kind of nice to be a trendsetter (as it used to be called) on the other hand you're at the same time the lightning rod when it doesn't work out. More eyes on you and the one people look at when you end up recommending something that works for YOU but nobody else. With great power comes great responsibility as they say.
Also for some odd reason I always liked the idea of you collaborating with Regular Car Reviews in the old school style where it's just your voice and his voice. Maybe reviewing your car or even reviewing public transport in San Diego or wherever he currently resides. :D
 

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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!
You need to begin each knife review talking in a Godfather Brando voice and say "I'm gonna show you a knife you can't refuse"
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I have to give credit to Nick to come on this forum and respond, quite professionally, to all the remarks made about him, some kind and others not so kind.

Now I'm just waiting for him to review a fixed blade knife!
 
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I really enjoy Nick's knife review vids. He's got an interesting perspective, especially with regard to function and quality. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don't (and that really is ok). There are some knives I didn't buy because of his reviews, and I wouldn't say he necessarily influences all of my knife buying decisions. Although I did end up buying a Leatherman Wave instead of a Leatherman Charge TTI a few months ago based on his reviews. He just made sense and I've not regretted it since. I see Nick as a knife aficionado sharing his thoughts, opinions, and love of well made (and sometimes beautiful) cutlery. :)
 

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No problem with Nick's reviews. Always does an in depth honest review of his opinion. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't.
 

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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.

450 was old price. The new price is 500+ dollars slight used some hairline scratches only visible at certain light.;)
 

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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:)

I actually like @austonh videos where I always enjoy his size comparison.
 

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Evan though I don't personally know Nick, he is like an old friend.
I have a 1 hour an 45 minute train ride to work every day( each way), and he helps me get through it.
 

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Evan though I don't personally know Nick, he is like an old friend.
I have a 1 hour an 45 minute train ride to work every day( each way), and he helps me get through it.
I can relate. Maybe it's just me not having enough in-the-flesh human contact, but I have some YouTubers and podcasters whom I feel are like friends who don't know me. Nick's one of them. The videos/podcasts he and others have made have helped me get through some rough patches.
 
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I agree with what said above. Nick certainly seems like the kind of person one can disagree with on many levels but still have a cordial discussion over it. It seems like something that is becoming out of style, where it's more about who is the loudest than who has the most reasonable argument. And of course the old art of ignoring things one doesn't like. (There are a few exceptions where everybody should get loud and not ignore it but those aren't what I mean of course.)
 
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I truly enjoy his videos, even though I often do not agree with his reviews. It is pretty easy to set aside his opinion and glean useful facts from his reviews. They are thorough, and after watching I know what the knives have to offer. Then I make my own decision on whether to add it to my collection.
 
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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.

I'm guessing that's just how he learned. I've seen other reviewers instinctively throw a little wrist. I feel like all flipper-tab knives should open by finger action alone. All of the ones I have now do. I've owned knives of various mechanisms that required wrist action. I'm glad that's in the distant past.
 
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I like nicks vids. He makes it look easier than it is. He does a good job. He moves along at a quick pace. Never boring and often very funny. I love his voice.
 
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his disassembly vids help a lot of folks out there.
Your recent opinion on Nick Shabazz ?
He's great (you're great).
Hey Nick from watching your take aparts I got the confidence to go for it.
Then . . . what's this ! ! ! ! . . . no take apart for the Delica :(
You took it down.
Put up a don't do it vid.
But I needed to switch the blade from one Delica to another. I want the HAP-40 in my black FRN.

'bagger gotahaveit !

. . . oh now them guys (and gals) at the factory do it.
I watched some other guy's vids . . . they scared me . . . not the fact that it was "the difficult Delica" . . . the "don't do it Delica" . . . it was more along the lines of them calling the TORX screws ALLEN screws that really freaked me out. Use tools much ? ? ?

Not confidence building to say the least.
Nick YOUR vids are confidence building.
So . . .
its you an me dude.
I just rebuilt two with great success thanks to your heads up about the vulnerability of the slot in the plastic (that's not FRN to ?). In any case I agree it looks vulnerable.

The little lock bar spring flew clear across the room only once. No . . . I meant to do that . . . I was going for hight AND distance :thumbsup:. Nah I got my "system" down now. I got my method I had to get "in the groove" hun ? hun ? . . . (I bet I could flip one clear across the street now).

No but seriously; all fooling around aside (for now).

I got the solution to that vulnerability in the rebuild process and Nick . . . I think you should give it another go. Obviously I don't have what it takes to do a real video like you can. No really; you got it down and we would much rather watch one of your vids than mine. Trust me on that.

Without further ado; to support the little plastic back spacer at the slot :
  • Some tape the blade to keep from getting cut. I used a short piece of kitchen knife blade guard (one inch width). Heck you might want to tape that to the blade to keep it from slipping off.
  • put the spring in the slot (no lock bar yet leave that off).
  • With the blade in place over the pivot with the bronze washer on top of the blade, place the steel liner down on top of that.
  • Put the scale on the stack up and put the three rear most screws in the handle and the screw in the blade pivot. Leave them less than tight. With the handle fully but loosely assembled the lock spring cannot take flight. AND the spring slot is now fully supported by the steel liners on both sides of it.
  • With the lock bar pivot pin removed and the blade in the open (deployed) position put the lock bar into the handle and then press down at the thumb groove while keeping the blade all the way open so the lock bar can fully seat in the blade notch.
  • Push the lock bar pivot into place (being mindful of the flat side engaging with the flat in the liners) until the pivot slips through the lock bar enough to hold it in place.
  • Put the side of the knife down on the work bench and pressing the lock bar all the way push the side of the knife down on the table until the lock bar pivot is fully seated.
  • Release your finger pressure on the lock bar and put the final screw into the lock bar pivot.
You are all back together dude !
Do you see how the two liners being in place with the little tits on the plastic spring support / back spacer engage with the liners to support the vulnerable slot in the plastic (FRN ?) ?
Once that is fully supported only THEN do we put force on the spring and slot by putting in the lock bar.
Viola !
I'm not a vid maker but I'm a mechanic.
The old crotchety dude in the back grumbling :mad: to himself . . . yeh that's me.
:)
Go again Nick
I just wanted to contribute where I can.
We're all in this together.
 
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