I am an addict.
Knives are a drug.
Yes, very much so. For instance, I had always wanted a Schempp Kris. One day, my wife surprised me with a NIB Kris. I was ecstatic! I carried it a few times, but I never wanted to damage it, so I put it in the gun safe. In all honesty, I haven't even looked at it for a few years.Doc Dan wrote:Have you ever had the experience that thinking about buying a knife over and over is better than actually owning it once it is in your hands?
I have bought knives that I thought about, reasoned out, discussed, loved, and then finally bought, only to then put it up and rarely use it again.
This is what I keep coming back to.anagarika wrote:Or perhaps it's a journey to make living more enjoyable?
Not to mention all the stamp collectors...so all you philatelists out there get to lickin and sitckin!The Deacon wrote:Not arguing with anything that's been said, just find it interesting that knife collectors and gun collectors seem to be subject to the expectation that we must "do something" with the objects we collect to a degree that most other collectors are not.
There is nothing wrong with having one knife and using it.
There is nothing wrong with having a number of knives and using them all.
But there is also nothing wrong with having a number of knives and only ever using one or two of them.
Just because they can "do something" does not mean they must. Some folks get pleasure looking at paintings hanging on a wall, or sculptures sitting on a shelf. Getting pleasure from looking at a display of knives is no different.
I'm very much convinced that "the old instincts" are where "collections" come from, and even what we call "hording" in extreme examples. When you're in the forest, if you find something useful, you'd better hang onto it! If you have a back up? Even better! That first one might break and then it's back to toiling at that task the tool made 100 times easier.awa54 wrote:Cheddarnut, thanks for one of the best forum threads ever (and I've been on more than a few forums), I think you're essentially probing at many of the dilemmas that modern humans who live in the First World ponder. If we are open to the reality of the world around us, we can't help but question our own ways, after all many of them are far removed or re-purposed from the desires and motivations that helped us survive in the past when the frameworks of society and government weren't present... the old instincts are still strong, but there isn't a socially acceptable outlet for some of them. So here we are; channeling our desire for power and utility, our appreciation for ruthlessly efficient design, into a hobby that is functionally almost purposeless as it relates to the reality of our daily lives in the construct that is modern existence.
My take is this; I could be doing things that are much more destructive to assuage that primitive part of my self that craves the ability to have something unique and potentially dangerous/powerful, I also like the idea of supporting excellence in design and manufacturing, so all in all having many knives that I absolutely *do not need* is a comparatively small sin... plus I make every effort to actually honor the spirit of each of the cool items I have collected by giving them some pocket time and a chance to do what they were made to do. Others might just lock them away to be appreciated by no one.
Our world is crazy sometimes, feel the worth in being perceptive enough to see that and keep striving for a balance that works for you!
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