Random Thought Thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
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    I don't know much about watches, I just liked this one (gift from my bride at the 5-yr mark).
     
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  2. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Quartz movements in general, are pretty accurate.

    The 'debate' amongst watch nuts, is that in theory, it's possible for an automatic to be more more accurate over an extended period, because IF a quartz movement has a variance, the variance will be consistent (i.e. if it gains 2 seconds a month, it will generally consistently continue to gain 2 seconds every month, and be 24 seconds fast after 12 months), whereas with an automatic, the minor fluctuations can mean that while it may fluctuate 1-2 seconds per day, it's potentially possible for it to only be ~10-15 seconds fast after 12 months with no adjustments.

    The reality is, that the quartz movement tends to require less attention to stay accurate, and any minor variance will be a known variable (and these days, really small even in inexpensive watches). The watchaholics are the ones who will do things like test the deviation/accuracy of an automatic in the bezel up, bezel down, crown up, crown down positions and use the slight differences to compensate for whatever variance they're seeing in daily use.

    Eg. Watch gains ~2 seconds per day, well within COSC standards, but the particular watch runs a couple seconds slow if left overnight in the crown up position, so the owner takes the watch off every night and places it crown up. Over 6 months, the watch tends to stay accurate within ~3 seconds.

    Even the most diehard fanatics will tell you straight though; if accuracy to the second is crucial, don't bother with a mechanical watch. A quartz movement will be simpler. Buy a mechanical to enjoy wearing a mechanical.
     
  3. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    it only makes sense to have a mechanical watch, (for use) if you're gonna wear it every day, imo. Mine won't keep time very well if I just give it a shake a couple times a day. It seems to need that continuous movement in order to keep pace. I don't know shit about watches, but the one I wear seems to reward me with accuracy the more often I wear it. The idea of having a little machine on me that's powered by my own movement is pretty kewl
     
  4. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Yep, the whole 'powered by my movements' concept and 'no batteries' are what drew me to mechanicals.

    You're right about mechanicals needing to be worn daily, though. Most only have a 36 - 66 hour power reserve in the spring. Folks who like regularly swapping between watches will have watch winders (motorized boxes that you put automatic watches on, that slowly rotate the watch to keep it wound).

    My post was simply describing the level of detail some mechanical watch owners will go to (eg. The watch is worn everyday during waking hours, but they've tested the ideal orientation for leaving it on the nightstand while asleep, that results in the watch staying closest to something like 'time.gov' over weeks/months).

    My personal reasons for going back to a Casio for daily wear were simple:
    - with the Tough Solar tech, no batteries to change, no winding etc., and I can see at a glance, what the charge level is
    - after initially doublechecking it regularly against time.gov, I no longer have any concerns about the time being off with the Atomic Clock sync feature
    - I've inadvertently killed a few watches in the past, due to carelessness. The G-Shock is better able to withstand my carelessness/abuse, and if I DO inadvertently kill it, eh... it's a Casio lol.
     
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  5. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Time to plan a New Year's feast!
    These tenderloins are almost 2.5" thick and are already in a marinade.
    Most will go on the BBQ, but at least one will go in a hot cast iron on coarse salt as requested.
    A pan of jumbo shrimp and garlic will take the edge off while these are prepared.
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  6. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Those are some really good looking fillets. Store bought are usually way leaner. Some good looking marbling. Those look prime.
     
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  7. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Yes, they look especially good. The ones on display didn't look great so I got the butcher to cut these to spec.
     
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  8. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
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    I did a Google search. Here is what some $8 an ounce wagu looks like. That cow may have had some health problems. That's crazy.
     
  9. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    That tenderloin was $1,300... Omg
     
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  10. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    You know what P. T. Barnum said...
     
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  11. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    See? I didn't even know that was a thing
     
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  12. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Excellent choice, that’s a beautiful piece.
    I had an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean for a little while, I loved that thing.
    Fortunately for me, my buddy is a big into watches and he buys enough Omega’s that I get to see new ones often without having to pay the Bill ;)
     
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  13. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    The Kobe beef in Japan was amazing, but TBH, I'd say the best part of it was that it was on some company's tab :p

    The Japanese have some pretty ridiculously priced cuisine (didn't even realize there were places in the US with $4XX shabu shabu until a Japanese friend took me to one :eek:).
     
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  14. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Yeah, it looks way too fatty. I wouldn't pay regular grocery store beef prices for it.
     
  15. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Doesn't Matthew Gregory normally offer something spectacular and if I may say, quite weird, this time of year? I think that Gus got last year's offering. I've noticed that his BF profile doesn't display knifemaker's orange colored banner any more! Did Nathan finally unplug Mr. MG's power tools?
     
  16. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Bitcoin? More like Bitchcoin
     

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  17. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    back then, when you lost you really lost
     
  18. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Happy New Year’s eve and Happy New Year to you and yours my favorite internet people. See you in in 2021!

    I can’t wait to see what the prequel lined up for us! Weeeeeeeeeeee!
     
  19. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I have chest pains from looking at that.

    I'd fry it in butter.
     
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  20. fatfrog

    fatfrog Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jul 26, 2019
    Although it is fatty, the fat isn't like the huge chunks of fat you find in North American beef. The flavour and texture is phenomenal when consumed in smaller quantities and on occasion- the meat literally bursts with juices when you bite down on it. I had 6oz of A5 striploin and it was more than enough - I would've been happy with 4oz.
     
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