Surfingringo wrote:Too many knife buyers/collectors see knives as weapons. If the people carrying the knives are defining them as weapons then how can we expect the folks that aren't carrying them to look at them without fear?
I'm not saying its rational...I'm just saying that its understandable given the way the "tactical" knife market has developed.
Just a bit out of curiosity...where did your user name come from? It conjure up all sorts of things.HorserloverFat wrote:Unfortunately, the conduct of many of those that own a knife and/or gun is less than admirable -- witness the crude comments of certain members on another forum. And yes I'm well aware that there are individuals not too fond of knives and/or guns than also misbehave. But which group would alarm you the most if you didn't like knives and guns ? Those with what could be perceived as a weapon or those without ?
I encourage everyone to always conduct themselves in a professional manner like that modeled by Spyderco's founder Mr. Sal Glesser.
My wife is like that! I tell her dull knives are dangerous. Gordon Ramsey, on his show, said the same thing. Did not make a dent.enduraguy wrote:My mom is one of these like mentioned above. She shoots IPSC pistol matches, carries a Kimber 9mm, but is afraid of knives. She won't even let me sharpen her kitchen knives, because she doesn't want to cut herself.
Sadly, the truth was the first victim.JD Spydo wrote: It's nothing more than a mass public brainwashing is all I can attribute the baseless fear of knives and guns to. Hopefully the truth will prevail in the long run.
I think the main thing we can do on an individual basis is not be "ninjas" in public. We have to recognize there is a misperception about what kind of tool a knife is but if we go around portraying our knives as the wrong kind of tool then we are not only perpetuating, but exacerbating the problem. We need be good diplomats of our hobby, especially in public, and show courtesy, discretion and good sense if we want this issue to get better instead of worse.SpyderEdgeForever wrote:At this point can we pro knife people turn the tide? Knife Rights and others are trying to, but its a task alright, isn't it.
Some reasons for some people, sure. But certainly not all of them. I don't think anyone is likely to hate a knife because someone else finds it handy for impromptu food prep or for zipping a large box down into chunks that will fit in the recycling bin. I doubt anyone hates a knife because it's a good way to get a jammed seat belt off of a crash victim. On the other end of the spectrum I doubt anyone hates a knife as the product of someone else's extraordinary skill in designing or crafting it. The list of genuinely benign reasons to appreciate knives is endless.Dr. Snubnose wrote:Why do people hate knives? Simple....for all the same reasons people love knives......think about it.......
James Y wrote: ↑Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:39 amYes, there are lots of people out there who fear knives for various reasons. Instituting some kind of educational program about it wouldn't change that. While most such fears are irrational, there is a very small percentage of people who may have had some traumatic experience in their past involving someone with a knife. You never know. And TBH, there is also a small percentage of knife people who bring it on themselves (and therefore all of us) with their militant attitudes around knives and their right to carry them. Then they wonder why knives/knife carriers have such a bad image in the mind of the general public. And if you (not referring to anybody here, but a general 'you') consider non-knife people to be "sheeple" (as some individuals on some knife-related forums do), if you're around them often enough they'll eventually pick up on that attitude, consciously or subconsciously, whether you realize it or not. Another turnoff would be a 'born-again' attitude of zealously trying to "convert" people to also carry knives themselves.
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