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THE knife, often sought, never found...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Gary W. Graley, May 14, 2019.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    My family, both home and at work, we all have two families even if we don't know it. But both families have given up when ever I get a new knife and of course the excitement that it could be THE one to end my long search. They roll their eyes and shake their heads, they've heard it all before, probably just last week.
    So today when I was showing off my latest in a long line of knives I've owned to a friend at work, I said I really like this one, I think it is going to stick around a long time!
    He said, 'ok, lets get that laser engraved on the blade'
    well, I wasn't THAT sure it will be THE one so I knew he got me, I am not that convinced it is the one but, it's pretty nice.

    So how many of you guys and gals run into this with family and friends?

    Oh and here's a couple shots of my latest, the WE Practic, nice small folder with excellent detent/flipping action and fairly thin edged too.

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    G2
     
  2. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I've never been in search of a single knife to replace all others. But I do own a Practic and if I were going to limit myself to a single knife, the Practic would be a contender. It's a great cutter and holds a edge well. It's a superb flipper and locks up well. It carries unobtrusively and easily slides in and out of the pocket.
    The name is very appropriate! It's practical.
     
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  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I've gotten lately to where I am trying to cut back and get down to very few knives, so the search and I agree with your take on the Practic, I saw this a while ago but never pulled the trigger until now, glad I did.
    G2
     
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  4. JC972

    JC972

    300
    Mar 17, 2015
    My old lady used to do that every time I get a new or new-to-me knife. Always asked if that was "the one". These days she's come around to the idea that I have different knives for different purposes. Work family is always intrigued at what I'm carrying clipped to my back pocket if I pull out something different. They have all seen and fondled the Buck 110 on my duty belt and some even carry scars from their inattention when handling it. Some days it'll be a cheap beater and others it's my Benchmade Griptilian. Any time they notice a different one everybody has to fondle it.
     
  5. 420 Stainless

    420 Stainless

    32
    Mar 5, 2019
    It's not just knives. Firearms work the same way. So do women for that matter. LMAO

    Accordingly, I have three dozen firearms, two cannons, and more than 100 knives. And for all the same reasons, I'm not married.
     
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  6. mitch13

    mitch13

    Nov 3, 2004
    Nice 1 Gary,
    Yes I get it, the wife tells me "why, they all look the same?" I've given up trying to explain the differences:rolleyes: I don't want to find the perfect 1, I don't buy often but still like looking.
    My daughter(13) is interested, she likes to open the deliveries and have a good look, likes to workout whether locking or not and what type of lock. I should add only with me there.
    mitch
     
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  7. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    Yeah i stopped saying 'it's the one' awhile ago with knives and guns. My wife proves me wrong all time and i don't want to give her the satisfaction ;)

    Although with tools for around the house/garage i have been pretty successful with in that aspect. And there is a couple knives that are keepers and i think will ride along with me to the end.
     
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  8. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    I have the opposite problem. Although I have lots of knives for specific types of tasks, my EDC of choice for a long, long time has been the Rukus 610.

    I have lots of EDCs that I really like and would like to use often, but the Rukus is just so perfect for my needs that it's the only EDC I ever carry.
     
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  9. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    The Rukus was one I also had owned, what a beefy blade that drops down to a thin edge, killer, no pun intended ;)
    G2
     
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  10. JBoone

    JBoone Gold Member Gold Member

    655
    Dec 30, 2012
    Looks like a solid choice.
     
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  11. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger

    Sep 20, 2015
    It's green so I like it right off !
    Nah the people at work have NO CONCEPT of knives. They are just as happy to use scissors opened out or a pocket knife with a dull edge. In other words they don't use knives.

    The new owner of the company is a bright spot in the fog but I won't go there yet. Lets just say when I offered to sharpen his Crandall Stockman (green bone scales :thumbsup:) for his birthday . . . before I had the words out of my mouth and my hand all the way extended he had the knife out of his pocket and into my hand. To his credit it was pretty well sharpened but some rolled edges. I made it hair whittling and gave it back yesterday.

    Well that's different. When ever I offer to sharpen their knife everybody else at work says : "I don't like sharp things" or "I suppose . . . if you need a """project""" and then fails to ever give me their knife.

    No they aren't going to give a flying fig what I say about a new knife.

    THE knife is an impossible dream anyway :
    M4
    Cold Steel Ti Lite IV handle and blade shape full flat ground.
    Axis Lock
    Maybe some Kray Ex grippy scales

    Yeah like THAT is going to ever end up in one pile.

    As far as my family at home; being The Chef . . .
    I think if I show her one more knife she is going to bite me on the thigh really hard :(.
     
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  12. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Sounds like a the new owner is a good sort! and yah, those bites tend to leave marks to remember them by, so, take care ;)
    G2
     
  13. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    My workplace has a rule against knives. Although it is a custom honored more in the breach than the observance, we don’t take them out much or even discuss them.

    At home, Conchita has a taste for knives herself, especially slipjoints. She knows there is no ultimate knife for her, and certainly does not expect it of me.
     
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  14. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Im with you Gary... I seem to be in the honeymoon phase for a bit then sell or trade. It will take something pretty special to keep for a while!!
     
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  15. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    "The one" for what? ;)
    For filleting fish? For butchering? For camping? For opening mail? For cutting up cardboard? For eating dinner? For fondling/playing? For whittling?...:D
     
  16. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Yes
    :)
    G2
     
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  17. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Of course there are "ones" that are needed for certain tasks that others would not come near doing as well, but the one is the one you'd reach for every day when you head out the door for anything that might come your way.
    G2
     
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  18. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Hmmmm...better bring a few! :)
     
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  19. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Oops, double tap
     
  20. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Hehe, there's always a few in the bag, fixed blades/SAK's and such but THE one is clipped to the front right pocket that one will rule the day for the most part.
    G2
     

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