I had the privilege of meeting a 92 yr old gentleman today during a meeting of what's left of our knife collector club. He showed us his EDC, a case copperhead his late wife gave him on his birthday long before I was ever thought of. The knife definitely showed its age, the scales are worn smooth and the blades are worn from years of honest work and careful shaping. This gentleman's wife passed in 1973, and it's still to date the only knife he carries. 2020 was rough on our club due to the passing of several members, not being able to have our meetings because of covid, and general problems we all face. But meeting this gentleman and seeing his EDC, and hearing his stories, made me realize what a chump i am. .. I had planned to swing by the local farm supply store today and look at their awesome selection of knives, but instead I decided to spend the money on my great wife and 80 yr old mother taking them out to eat. I have a ammo can full of knives, but only one mother and one beautiful wife. Granted things are different today than in my new friends day, but will I reap more reward with more knives, or spending money on the lady who adopted me and raised me, and the beautiful young lady who has struck by me through all my hardest times? I recently just took a case trapper out of the box my wife gave me the year we took our vows.(she also bought me a stag trapper when we first started dating!) Anyway, I think I'm going to start putting some miles on my trapper and cut back on my "knife budget". I don't really need new knives as much as I need to see the smiles on my wife and mothers face. If tomorrow i pass, I don't want to be known as the knife hoarder, but as a man who carved a spot and filled it with love for family and friends. I'm sure I'll keep creeping the forums, but I think it will truly test my resolve!