This year was a big mixed bag.
I bought lots of Spyderco's more than any other brand but also branched out into Cold Steel in CTS-XHP like the Broken Skull and the Tanto folder , purchased some Buck Exclusive 110's.
This year also saw me selling a large amount of my collection most of them back up models and ones I fell out of love with like the Spydiechef. Sold all of my fixed blades with the exception of the Benchmade Cleaver in S30V.
Sold all my M390 in favor of 20CV.
Gained a new appreciation for S30V which only came with education and freehand sharpening.
Really came to understand how great VG-10 really is.
Developed a high appreciation for low carbide steels.
Purchased some models I never thought I would like the Smock.
Bought the Parata just for the sheer oddness of it and the stop lock.
Gained a finer appreciation for Cruwear. Purchased my first Delica in it and love the Delica.
Learned about the Hawkbill knives and will be selling them.
Gained a greater appreciation for DLC and how to maintain it ( Thanks TKOSPY)
Fulfilled some models I always was interested in but never pulled the trigger on like the Gayle Bradley 2 and the recent Caly 3.5 inches in VG-10
Exhausted my curisity over the Endura and Delica in Wharncliffe versions.
Have turned my back on Fixed angled sharpening systems.
Stopped being a cheap skate trying to learn how to sharpen free from forums and you tube and purchased training lessons and water stones from Murray Carter.
Gained allot of respect for the videos Vivi makes which led me to want to free hand sharpen, learned allot for people like Pelagic, Cambertree and Deadboxhero.
Gave myself eye strain trying to comprehend some of Larrins articles.
Complained allot about the way this years way of selling Spyderco products has been.
Still love the knives Spyderco produces.
Come the first of the year intend to sell the majority of my collection as I now know exactly what I like best and why.
Come the first of the year contemplating selling my fixed angle sharpening systems stones that have never been used etc.... Cut down on all the stuff I have accumulated Knives, Sharpening systems, strops, etc.....