The most important lesson you've learned about knives.

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

  1. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014

    ..........Addiction......THE HUNT......WANTING MORE!
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  2. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Pull through sharpeners = the short cut for people unwilling to learn... (and a definite step to messing up your blades !)
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  3. elde66

    elde66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Buy knives with steel I can actually sharpen. Don't have the time nor patience to sharpen the more "exotic" stuff. Unfortunately I learned this the hard way by purchasing quite a bit of the "exotic" stuff that I now don't care to sharpen. :cool:

    Sure are pretty tho.
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  4. guy g

    guy g Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 22, 2000
    I agree!! My most exotic steel is BG42. It just takes a few extra minutes, so no complaint here.
    My problem is the exotic edge angles! Do I look like I want to sharpen at 13 degrees?
    Been using a Sharpmaker so long, 13 degrees was definitely an adjustment. It will also play into future purchases. Sorry for the rant.
  5. sgt244

    sgt244 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    The deeper you go in to the knife world your taste will change and you’ll probably find yourself daily Carrying and using a $500-600 knife without even thinking twice about it.

    So I’ve learned that your tastes will change and your needs/wants will change as you carry and use your knives and see what does and doesn’t work! It’s a fun journey and there are no shortcuts - there’s no way around figuring it all out for yourself... so while we can all enjoy this journey we are all together - it’s a journey that’s best taken alone... because what I like and don’t doesn’t necessarily means your taste should reflect the same.
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  6. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Don't loan your knife to a moron who "thinks" a knife is a screwdriver, hammer, concrete/stone chisel, paint stir stick, proper tool to fell a tree ...
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  7. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Learnt a couple important lessons over the years...

    Don't practice balisong whilst standing on a floor you are not willing to destroy.

    The perfect knife for somebody else is rarely the perfect knife for me.

    Touching up your edge every now and again beats a full-on sharpening session.

    99.999995 % of folks think you paid WAAAAAYYYYY too much for that knife in your pocket.
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  8. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    Lol, ......uh yup!!
    Although, I've yet to carry or use them......yet..:rolleyes:
  9. Centuriator

    Centuriator Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    Never put yourself in the way of a sharp blade, unless you have no choice.
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  10. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, I’ll be back, anyone need anything Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    A new knife makes you feel like a new man :)
    And then the new man wants a new knife :eek:
    Repeat :thumbsup:
    I like it :cool:
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  11. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    Set your sights high and get what you want. Don’t settle.
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  12. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    The one think I learned, starting with an expensive (for me) Gerber Paul knife in 1970 was how many people enjoy using and collecting knives and talking about their favorites.

    To practice sharpening work on the Dragon Lady's kitchen knives. She will love you for it!
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2020
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  13. Art_Vandeley


    Jul 22, 2009
    Don't follow trends, don't treat it as an investment, don't overthink it. It's just a knife.

    I've gone from Opinels knives 2k+ customs and back to Opinel and Mora. In retrospect I have made some dumb financial desicions and I wish I still had some knives like my old school SnG or some of the Terzuolas I had but life is ever changing. And the online social media stuff is way out of proportion to what is really needed in life.

    For now I'll keep the Sebenza 21 and wait a couple of years and see how the industry evolves. It was a lot of fun tho.
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  14. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    1) A falling knife is all blade.
    2) If I'd started with a Victorinox Spartan I would probably have never bought anything else, instead I learned that the long (expensive) way round.
    3) Aside from food use the majority of my daily urban cutting doesn't require anything more than the small blade on the aforementioned Spartan. That's 1.6" of edge.
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  15. Addicted_to_Knives


    Nov 29, 2018
    #KLM #Knife #Lives #Matter
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  16. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Resistance is futile, and safe queens need to be used. Or will never see any use at all. Improve your sharpening skills and a few little touch ups now and then makes it a lot easier.
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  17. ggw


    Feb 13, 2018
    To find your perfect knife - you have to know exactly what you are looking for.
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  18. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Ergonomics are more important than the latest blade steel.

    Heat treatment is more important than blade steel.

    You may get by with only one knife but, realistically two or three knives will serve you better.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2020
  19. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Opinel and Mora. All else is vanity.
    (Which I will happily indulge.)
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  20. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    amen to that. a loved one gifted me one. I gave it away secretly.
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