Slightly OT - sorry OP - but this thread got me thinking about the damage that other
people have done to knives.
I was talking with a friend about my rule of no lending my knife to anyone but a select handful of people.
She mentioned that once at work, one of her workmates asked to borrow her G10 Dragonfly, then proceeded to lay a large sheet of thin rubber on the shop floor and went to make a metre/yard long cut, with the concrete as backing.
My friend snatched back the knife so fast, her workmate’s eyes were like dinner plates, looking at her empty hand, like a cartoon!
She now applies the same rule.
Another friend has a favourite Wusthof chef knife which I sharpen for him, that he’s had for years, since he worked in professional kitchens.
One day when we were having a few beers, he brought it out and showed me it was bent like a banana in the top third of the blade. One of his housemates had used it to pry open a dried paintcan lid. Another time he caught her using it like an icepick in a frenzied overhand, Psycho style stabbing flurry, to break apart some food from the deep freezer!
Next time I visited, she had ‘decided to move out’, LOL.
Once at a family gathering, my mother asked to borrow my pocket knife, a thinly ground traditional Lambsfoot. Without thinking, I handed it over. She turned her back to me and went to use it to pry open the screwtop
lid on a jar of olives! It still has the bent tip from that day.
And I’ve told this next story before, I think.
I bought my dad a handforged Japanese damascus gyuto. Now, I should mention that before he retired, he actually used knives in his food production business, and had a traditional Japanese knife that we kids were not allowed to touch.
Next time I saw him, I asked him how he was liking the knife.
He replied that it wasn’t ‘a very good screwdriver’!
The mind truly boggles, thinking of how someone could pick up a thinly ground damascus Japanese chef knife to tighten a loose screw with. But I guess we’re not all knife knuts.
I reground the snapped tip on that one, and returned it to him with a choice lecture, and a cheap flathead screwdriver!
Here it is, in for resharpening: