Thanks for the words of wisdom!sal wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:42 pmI'd like to offer a suggestion, at least to some of the newer members.
The world of knives is vast. The doorway in may be smaller, but the cavern that it opens into has a great deal to offer. As you keep an open mind and observe and learn, one finds: differences in steel and the "why", handle materials, ergonomics, mechanical (locks, opening methods, etc.), performance, edge geometries and a host of other courses in knife 101 to PHD studies.
I have observed that when someone is new, at least to this forum (and probably others as well), The emphasis is on "what I like". If it doesn't meet what "I think is right", then it is passed over, sold or whatever. I have also observed that when one has this view, one is not as open to what the designer may have had in mind. The early days of Spyderco were riddled with objection to the "appearance" of our knives, with nary a thought to the "why". In fact, most knives were selected by the "look" and "What I like the looks of". I say; "too much eye and not enough brain"
We've come a long way with the internet, technology, testing, etc.
What I am suggesting is that when you get a new knife, you use it, sharpen it, live with it, a taste of what the designer had in mind, rather than just how a knife looks, or what you think you like. A simple example would be "clip". Do I like clips? Do I like this clip? What did designer think when he created this clip? shape? material? Tip up or down? Why? These are questions best answered after a fair amount of use. You might find that you will like something that you thought you might not?
In other words, open you mind and experience fully the new "thing" in spirit, design, materials, ergonomics, cutting power, ease of carry, deployment, learn "new", get out of your comfort zone. In this way you get more out of the hobby and interest in the world of knives. You also get to converse with the many here already doing the same thing.
Couldn't agree more. Lookers are nice, but the tool that does the job correctly, comfortably and effortlessly is the reason behind a user's knife.
Agree with both.TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:52 pmCouldn't agree more. Lookers are nice, but the tool that does the job correctly, comfortably and effortlessly is the reason behind a user's knife.
I admire your small collection Michael. I love that you have stepped totally out of the box of what most people tend to buy and carry, and utilize your knives in the same manner as most others, within the limits of your knives. It's always refreshing to see someone go against the grain in their selections!MichaelScott wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:09 pmFor me this is a very topical and interesting post by Sal. I had finally learned that the way a knife is used and how it “fits” the user is most important. Among others, the Rhino and One-Eyed Jack taught me.
Recently, my interests and direction have changed. History, both personal and knife making history, has moved me to new field and ideas. And, it actually began here.
In a post not long ago was a mention of GEC knives. What’s that? I thought so went Googling. After much reading and video of how their knives are made, locally with local people, I was enchanted.
Their modern expressions of knives that I, my father, grandfathers and all of the adult men I grew up knowing just struck some chord. I have three in the mail to me now.
I think the most surprising Spyderco in this regard has to be my Cook’s knife. It’s quickly become a crucial kitchen tool which far exceeded my expectations.
Yeaaa...don't even get me barking up that tree500Nitro wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:10 pmAgree with both.TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:52 pmCouldn't agree more. Lookers are nice, but the tool that does the job correctly, comfortably and effortlessly is the reason behind a user's knife.
'Users knife' being the two words that km not sure apply to everyone.
I know my first Endura is like an extension of my right hand - and people notice it.