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Everything simpler?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by cbach8tw, Jan 12, 2019.

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  1. Astrogator


    Mar 19, 2012
    "Simple" is not always "convenient" , modern living has its place , but the 24/7/365 mass surveillance really upsets me :(.
  2. Dangerously


    Jan 8, 2013
    You would think that, Mr. Blue underwear.
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  3. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Surgeons did not begin washing their hands before surgery till around 1800. I hesitate to think about their knives, scalpels and bone saws. Also at that time 43% of the world's newborns died before their 5th birthday.
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  4. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    Prior to the 20th century, most people did nor brush or take care of their teeth at all. It wasn't uncommon (and was often expected) that your teeth would go bad by around age 30 or so.

  5. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I thought that’s what the Arkansas Toothpick was for. ;)

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  6. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Very good thoughts, this is what I wanted to get people discussing, all the various ideas and opinions. The parts that I have liked the most are being content with what we have and the free things in life, count your blessings, appreciate the modern conveniences but do not forget to enrich ourselves in friends and family, take the time to to tell them you love them, put down the electronics once and awhile (after, of course, arranging the the get-together first :D ), hard work never hurts anyone but work smarter, and it's okay to have lots of knives and have modern ones as your favorite.
  7. SharpieB

    SharpieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2017
    That is awesome. Of course, my life (and many of us) is similar. :D

    I count the hours every week until I can get in the car with the family and drive 2.5 hours to our place in the woods. Every weekend from May to Oct. That’s what keeps me going. :thumbsup:
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  8. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I mostly live to troll celebrities on twitter, but you're right, camping is fun.
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  9. jason41987


    May 9, 2012
    I don't know what the OP means by simpler, but I started delving down the rabbit hole of some high cost knives before stopping to realize that while I was knee deep in G10 and V10, and CM154 I find myself asking myself the same question. What's wrong with wood and 1095?
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  10. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    If I ever need to simplify my life a knife is going to be about the last thing I worry that's too complex.
  11. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    I'm pretty dang old . I lived thru the times that are only abstract history to the young . Ancient history of the dark ages before personal computers , internet and cell phones . Very different in fundamental ways that impact the essential perception of reality .

    It's not easy these days to take care of routine necessities of life without some computer / internet savvy . It can even make life simpler and easier in some ways .

    Humans are tool users . But a tool can be used wisely to improve our quality of life or the exact opposite .
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  12. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Many of us needlessly complicate our own lives. You can achieve simpler simply by uncomplicating.

    1. Get at least seven hours of sleep nightly. Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Guard that diligently.
    2. Learn to say no. Don't over commit. Squeeze less out of your day, not more.
    3. Be content with what you have. Guard against envy.
    4. Live well within your means. Save and invest, but certainly do not tolerate unnecessary debt, and most debt is absolutely unnecessary. Get rid of all credit cards. Doing these will remove a HUGE amount of stress for many people.
    5. Eat well. Eat simply.
    6. Spend time alone and recharge. If you aren't comfortable spending time alone with yourself, learn to get comfortable with yourself.
    7. The best gifts can't be set down and don't need to be stored. Let those who give you gifts know that. Movie tickets, spotify/pandora subscription, restaurant gift cards, donations in your honor to favorite charities, etc. I have one kid who gives me meats - bison, kangaroo, alligator, rabbit, etc. Another donates to the local animal shelter in my name.
    8. Less is more. If you truly must collect or if the hunt turns you on, hunt and collect things that are small, require little cash, and only a modicum of storage. I now collect small copper coins for that very reason. I could equally see myself as a post card collector.
    9. Spend more time experiencing and seeing than purchasing. One of my goals is to visit every state park in Virginia over the next two years. If I get it done in two years, great. If it takes longer, great.
    10. A library card is the most powerful tool you can own. And it costs nothing.
    11. Simplify your wardrobe.
    12. Be thrifty but be generous.
    13. Be honest but be kind.
    14. Happiness for most is a choice. Make the choice.

    re knives. I just don't buy many more. A couple of years ago I offloaded many by giving them away. If I buy one now, I give at least one away.

    Since Christmas I was seriously contemplating getting a Worksharp Ken Onion. Then realized last week I couldn't provide myself a truly adequate reason why. My three small pocket stones and single bench stone are more than adequate. Very happy now I didn't jump the gun on that.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
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  13. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    @leghog : that is seriously the best post I've ever seen on this forum.
  14. clockman


    Jan 14, 2009
    leghog...Very, very awesome post. You covered a lot that most of us don't even think about but would be but would be much better human beings
    if we did!
  15. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Leghog, that is a great post and hits in all cylinders. :D
  16. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    This got sooo far off course..:confused: Knives?? o_O
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  17. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    Goes both ways IMO. I don’t get people who are always on it but I REALLY don’t get people who brag about not using it. The knowledge of the entire world in a pocket is a powerful thing.

    To the original question. Fixed blades for me. I have nice fixed blades and expensive ones, custom ones and ones with great steel. My most used fixed blades are a 5 dollar kiwi chefs knife, a 10 victorinox tomato knife and a 13 dollar mora companion. They just work better. Geometry and ease of sharpening win in the end for me.

    Folders...I use them enough to benefit from higher wearing steel so hap40 and m4 is where I’m at there. If I could get a sak in one of those steels then maybe...;)
  18. moldymold


    Jan 3, 2019
    For me, part of simplifying means "less" of whatever it is that is being simplified. Reducing the number of knives I have and just sticking to a few ol' reliables would definitely simplify things for me.
  19. DDDWho


    Aug 21, 2015
    I think I got more hits on YouTube for reviews on the Old Hickory 7" butcher as an outdoor knife than any other single model I've ever searched for

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  20. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    My one rule is: ignore lists of cloying life advice. It's dramatically simplified my internet browsing.
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