Falling down the rabbit hole...
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So, I think I'm ready to admit that I have a problem. I realized this over the past few days, not because the piles of knives at work and home have begun to take over, but because of two things that happened in the course of eating a couple of meals.
First, at a pretty nice steakhouse I was at celebrating my dad's bday, I tried to cut my ribeye with the Laguiole that was brought to the table. One touch of blade to beef confirmed my guess that the blade had been through many, many plate scrapes and industrial dishwasher cycles since the last time it had been sharpened. Without much of a second though, I flipped open the Lionsteel that was in my pocket and started slicing, much to the amusement of my tablemates.
I explained my reasoning; "the steer was already butchered once, no need to make it bleed again." Skeptical at first, I happily traded bites with a few others and I think I may have some new converts.
Over the weekend, I grabbed an apple to snack on. For the last 35 years, I would have gone straight hand-to-mouth, but this day I found myself reaching for the kitchen drawer and pulled out my new Tadafusa petty knife that I got from a local shop, Bernal Cutlery (http://dro.ps/bernalcutlery). I tried slicing the thinnest pieces I could on one side, then I just started messing around with cutting some wedges.
This was the result before I finished it off with my teeth. When did you first realize you had fallen down the rabbit hole of knives, or EDC generally?
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CabinMan
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Mar 3, 2019
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I think I was born down in the rabbit hole, I have been obsessed with knives since I was a little kid 😁
Mar 3, 2019
Kermudjin
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Feb 17, 2019
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I think I got my first pocketknife when I was around 7 or 8. Before that, my father let me use scalpels he brought home from work to learn to carve balsa. I think he knew that would make me learn to respect blades. A few sliced fingers later I knew how to handle sharp things with respect. He always advocated letting us learn through doing and from our own mistakes. Unlike today’s helicopter parents. I guess that was my rabbit hole. I have carried one blade or another in the five decades since. All sorts, from Swiss Armies to multitools. For awhile I was into woodworking and got deep satisfaction from making chisels and tools “scary sharp.” A few blades over the years have been sacrificed to the TSA gods, when I forgot they were on a keychain or in a bag. Now I have gotten more into collecting new and interesting blades, but I still carry several on me every day, from delicate ceramic blades for small precision cuts, to big pocketknives for general utility or a carving task like Jonas described, when the offered knife made me cringe. I have a ChefsChoice Trizor XV to sharpen them to a 15 degree edge if they are strong enough to take it. I get that same visceral satisfaction using it that I did in honing a wood chisel or plane iron to shaving sharpness.
Feb 17, 2019
Cdoyle
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Jan 29, 2019
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The best knife is the next one!
Jan 29, 2019
Too_many_knives_is_not_enough
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Jan 20, 2019
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You use your knives, so? I get happy when I can find anything to use a knife for. I have about 300 knives, and a lack of things to cut.
Jan 20, 2019
Guns
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Jan 22, 2019
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Outstanding! I didn’t read what you’re responding about but I totally agree with everything you said!
Jan 22, 2019
stoutdog
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Aug 9, 2018
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No, you did not fall down a rabbit hole. Your behavior is that of a knife aficionado. You are another proud member of our club.
Aug 9, 2018
BerserkBear404
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Sep 2, 2017
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it all started with a small swiss army knife that i carried around for lunch, but about 1 year ago i got my spyderco delica and fell in love with it (still my go-to edc) and since then i´ve been expanding my collection slowly but steadily. i´ve reccently got the maserin 550 and i´m now eyeballing a boker urban trapper carbon to join the arsenal. might have fallen in the hole myself.
Sep 2, 2017
Airmayle
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Sep 1, 2017
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I've always carried a cheap $20 knife for like the last 25 years. Recently thou in the last two weeks I've picked up three knives. They are expensive to me but still under a hundred. I didn't realize how many good new designs that are under $50. I think I've been bit, lol.
Sep 1, 2017
Cdoyle
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Oct 21, 2018
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Thats kinda what happened to me. Always owned folders but a coworker was showing me his knives... A different one everyday from benchmade spyderco and others , much nicer than my 1980s 4 dot buck 110 When i realized what had become available Is a vast array of sweet blades in all different configurations and styles and materials and i was hooked! Now i have 2 large spyderpacs full and another small case and have spend $1000s but i love it! Easy to work on And modify, price ranges for everyone , and so many high quality pieces that werent around when i was a kid. There are much worse things to be addicted too so i have no problem being a knife nut!
Oct 21, 2018
Mario.Paul
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May 1, 2017
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Welcome my friend. Just don't trip on that pile of knives over there and you should be fine, grab a drink and enjoy the craze.
May 1, 2017
rhino90
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Mar 4, 2017
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All I have to say is welcome to the other side of the rabbit hole. You will most likely meet strange people here that the general public might be "amused" at, as you stated. Just know that it confirms that your strangeness has company, and you are now truly a knife guy.
Mar 4, 2017
WhiskeyNutz
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Mar 1, 2017
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I've carried a knife for probably 20 years. Now, when did I decide to go from the basic, Walmart Kershaw, to higher end knives? About a month ago, which is probably when the rabbit hole got seriously deep. :) ZT0452 found its way into my pocket and I'm afraid I'm totally lost now, already looking at several other knives to buy. And please don't get me started on EDC lights. *sigh* My bank account already hates me.
Mar 1, 2017
JonasHeineman
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Mar 2, 2017
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This might be a tough month for you. https://www.massdrop.com/blades/drops
Mar 2, 2017
WhiskeyNutz
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Mar 2, 2017
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Yes sir! Been eyeing both of those, especially the PM2.
Mar 2, 2017
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