sal wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:30 pm
So I guess you would have no problem with someone posting you tube knife review videos using the name Nick Shabazz and imitating hour style? Now that you have created a good reputation?
And just because you think the round hole is better, doesn't mean all of the others claiming superior shapes are wrong?
First off, looking at forums, I don't know that they'd want my reputation!
But I don't know, I've always been in the "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" camp, and particularly for functional elements (e.g. "the good, great, bad and ugly" or using a fixed cast of knives for size comparisons), I'm not particularly possessive. I'm using them because they're making my work better, and I'm thrilled if others use them to make their work better too. And indeed, I know of a few reviewers using that format or close variants, and heck, I borrowed the "Good, Bad and the Ugly" meme from Ars Technica myself. But I'm also not putting food on my table with reviewing. I can see feeling differently and being much more defensive of those things if my ability to stay 'on top of the pack' (and thus, feed my family and employees) partially depended on my work having certain functional advantages over my competitors. I'm an idealist and scientist, not a businessman, and that's one of many reasons why I couldn't do what you did and Eric does.
Of course, somebody using my name would be a problem. Which is why I'm not a fan of (and indeed, speak out against) clones and counterfeits. But I think there's a gulf between "using functional innovations that somebody else developed in my products" and "making my products and claiming they're somebody else's").
And of course, I acknowledge that I'm just one random jackass, different grinds for different kinds, and that some folks might genuinely prefer a ____-shaped hole, particularly if they're selling it. But finger-flicking aside, it's always felt like those non-round holes are generally only non-round for legal reasons. I'd drone on, but I don't think I need to make impassioned rant on the benefits of a truly round hole to Sal Glesser.