The most important lesson you've learned about knives.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by OliverKF, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    The proper amount is not at all. But if you're just GOING to, you might as well not get TOO serious about it. I mean, you might actually LIKE it! (people are weird)
    But, too much of ANYTHING can be bad for you. All things in moderation...
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  2. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    you can appreciate a knife without owning it

    you can't own them all......
  3. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    A lesson that my dad taught me many years ago that applies to anything in life...if you’re lucky enough to have someone share their knowledge with you, shut up and listen.
  4. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    On Sharpening knives:

    This is a new knife

    This is a well used knife

    As long as your knife falls somewhere between these two, you will retain a perfectly useful knife. There is no need for extensive sharpening skills and equipment in the attempt to replace a perfect factory edge. A few scratches, dings and irregularities are fine, so long as it cuts. It adds character, personalizes the knife and no matter how poor your skills the knife will last you for many years and every time that you sharpen you will have a new opportunity to learn and perfect your technique.

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  5. joeldworkin307

    joeldworkin307 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2012
    Not proper, but an acceptable amount of accidents before my wife takes away my toys.
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  6. EatingSarma


    Jun 22, 2020
    I only do free hand. I don't own any system or kit.

    But thank you for reccomendation, I will give it a look :)
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  7. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    perfectly stated, and reminds me of the first lesson I learned when I joined here.

    If you wear out a Buck 110, Buck will reblade it for $10.
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  8. johnnywizzo


    Mar 1, 2018
    It's a sickness that's hard to shake.
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  9. Don W

    Don W Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    When working in other's kitchens bring your own knife.
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  10. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Most important lesson(s) ?
    1) You don't need to wear away a lot of steel to get a sharp edge. So... don't use rough stones.
    2) Factory edge is (almost) never perfect. But a good place to start.
    3) Sharp is according to your needs. Some like a rough edge, some like it mirror polished.
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  11. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    I am a great acquaintance of "Murphy". I generally try to remember to carry a knife with me at all times while awake. I can count on the fact, that if I ever forget to carry a knife (and a flashlight, now seemingly), I will have a pressing need to cut something and I will be forced to walk back to where I left my knife. If I have one on me, I can go several days without needing it. Go figure.

    How in blazes did I even function before I became obsessed with EDC?
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  12. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Dear colin.p , just carry a necker : never without a knife, without even a thought about it.
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  13. tueller

    tueller Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Fixed for strength, folder for convenience.

    Always have one on you. Murphy is around the corner.

    What you carry and why you carry it, is your business alone.

    Don’t let others use your knife. Tell them to carry their own.

    Understanding a point and/or edge means you are never without one.

    A knife is a tool that can be used as an improvised weapon but a knife is NOT a weapon.
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  14. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Lots of good points there and I especially agree with the last one. Short edged instruments are generally poor defensive implements, which is bad news for the good guy. The bad guy already has an intent to hurt and can do a lot of damage with the initial sewing machine attack. The good guy with a Paramilitary 2 needs a fuckton of luck and skill to repel an attacker.
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  15. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Also, if your context allows for it, carry two knives. If you need to do some dirty work or absolutely have to lend a knife to someone (not recommended even if it’s someone you trust), tap the cheaper backup knife.
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  16. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Holy schmokes, it evolved into a recurve knife! :D
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  17. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Use them. You won't know how well they cut, how well they hold an edge, how well the feel in the hand unless you use them like the tool they are.

    Carry at least 2 knives- One you cherish and 1 to loan to others so they don't screw up the good one. I carry an Opinel 6 to loan if asked.
  18. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    I’ve learned that not all knives made in China are garbage.
  19. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    I lend knives, one was lost recently, that's life. I enjoy sharing what I've learned about knives and seeing others get into the sickness.
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  20. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Another thing that can be added to your first lesson is to never use pull through sharpeners.
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