Anybody who can be talked out of buying a Delica, doesn't deserve a Delica.Evil D wrote:Everyone has their value benchmark. If you play that mind game with yourself you can talk yourself into or out of anything...
"Gosh I really like the Delica but for $70 I could also buy 5 Opinel No. 9's"
"Gosh I really like the Sebenza but for $410 I could almost buy 3 Delica Titanium/Damascus"
And so on and so on.
Evil D wrote:"Gosh I really like the Sebenza but for $410 I could almost buy 410, $1 gas station knives that hold an edge longer"
Be well. One day at a time!RLDubbya wrote:Welcome to the forum, Eli.
I think, at the end of the day, we all have to justify our actions to only ourselves. If you can do that, honestly and without lying to yourself about anything, then you are fine.
I'm spending more money on knives now than in some sense I should. I'm certainly purchasing more knives than I NEED for how I use them. However, I am at a point in my life where I have just rediscovered the art and beauty of the knife, after being largely away from them since about 1974 (except for the purchase of an Econo in 1992, and an Endura in 1999-2000).
Since March '16, I've lost a lot in my life: I've lost my career, I've lost most of my money, I've lost my vehicles, I am going to lose my house, I've lost my training and competition as a strongman; there's more, but I think you get the idea...when last fall rolled around, I realized that my life was being defined more and more by loss, and that I had to change this.
I thought back to simpler time, and how I used to enjoy knives, and decided that I needed to be involved with the knife world again.
That has proven, for me, to be a most excellent decision. If nothing else, on those days when I'm expecting a new knife to be delivered, I have a reason to drag myself out of bed; I check the carrier site, and I know that by a certain the knife will arrive. For those few hours, I'm not thinking about everything that I've lost. I'm also putting together a raffle to benefit cancer research, featuring....KNIVES...as the main prizes.
In my case, the decision to get involved with the knife community, to purchase more knives, demonstrates the classic idea of "the good outweighs the bad." There are, over the past 12-18 months, many events which have been extraordinarily negative in my life. To find something positive, something that has helped me grow and recapture some sense of purpose and identity, is truly extraordinary and worth the price of admission.
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