Do I Really Need Another Knife?


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Dionysusigma
February 24, 2008, 02:31 AM
I have, IMO, a lot of sharp pointy things. I'm a student, and these days don't get out into much of any kind of wilderness, but there is some inexplicable "need" I feel for yet another knife.

What I have:
- Buck 119
- StG.57 bayo with the lock removed
- Cold Steel Kukri Machete
- Leatherman Original
- Leatherman Fuse
- S&W SWAT (de-springed auto)
- MTech boot knife (surprisingly well-made)
- Swiss-Army copy with my initials (groomsman's gift)
- 3 cheap Swiss-Army knockoffs that were $0.27 each
- X-ACTO knife
- Cheap combination hatchet/hammer/prybar
- No-name cheap multitool
- Cheap Pakistani-made short sword I bought at a RenFaire

Considering I tend to buy only what I actually need, I see a lot of frivolousness with the above list. The kukri has saved my "bacon" before, and the Leatherman Fuse gets carried and used every day, but I see no practical use for any of the others.

But there are more that I see every day, that I have no use for, but almost obsessively want (click each for more info):

- The Laguiole Knife (http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=32461&cat=1,51222&ap=1)
- The Real Swiss Army Knife (http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=10037&cat=1,51222&ap=1)
- Classic Mora knife (http://www.ragweedforge.com/SwedishKnifeCatalog.html)
- A real, Camillus M3 Trench Knife (http://www.armynavysales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=01&Product_Code=MA201&Category_Code=KNF)
- H.I. Chiruwa Ang Khola Kukri (http://yhst-7333098713883.stores.yahoo.net/changkh.html)
- SnowPeak Titanium Spork (http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/8ace/)
- Cold Steel Chinese War Sword (http://www.coldsteel.com/chinwarswor.html)
- Cold Steel Spetznaz Shovel (http://www.coldsteel.com/92sfs.html)

I admit to having no need for any of the above. But how, then, do I explain this nagging feeling that I "should" have them? :confused:

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sm
February 24, 2008, 02:47 AM
I admit to having no need for any of the above. But how, then, do I explain this nagging feeling that I "should" have them?

Ever been on a Internet forum and read about knives?
Do not go to a gun forum, same thing happens in regard to guns. *grin*

Being a student and not real familiar with your political favor and legal restrictions, I am going to suggest a Real SAK, Vic Soldier .
$20 with free shipping last I checked from SMKW.
Now, you have a knife in the case of an emergency that will fit in your pocket.
Be this emergency having to leave where you live due to fire, tornado, or whatever your area is prone to have in regard to natural disasters.

Road Trip and staying in a hotel/motel and eating from a ice chest.
Camping, hiking, or heck, just getting to stay in a cabin...etc.



HTH

Steve

hso
February 24, 2008, 03:28 AM
I see no practical use for any of the others.

But there are more that I see every day, that I have no use for, but almost obsessively want

You got the knife jones really bad, welcome to the legions of the knife junkies.

With you being a student, I recommend grubbing through junk shops and flea markets and pawn shops looking for interesting quality knives (no paki/chinese junk knives). Things that need a little TLC can bring a nice profit with a little flitz and elbow grease and make the beginnings of a nice collection.

Pax Jordana
February 24, 2008, 04:13 AM
The one caveat I'd contribute to your list is re: the swiss army knife.

Victorinox makes a really nice knife, but I don't like their can openers (they work, but take a little getting used to.) I'd recommend a GI pocket knife (see link (http://www.rangeroutfitters.com/gi_pocket_knife.htm), I know nothing about the seller but that's the knife). The difference is minor - Vic's is a "cut-away" opener and the GI is a "cut towards".


And yes, you always need another knife :cool: who the heck are you to question our sacred wisdom?!?

Shop around, branch out, try and find an army navy store (preferably with real veteran staff who'll comment about your mother while you're shopping - then you know it's the real thing!) and you may find your preference, or range, even further expanded. :D

NWdude83
February 24, 2008, 04:43 AM
SOG Seal Pup

Nematocyst
February 24, 2008, 04:58 AM
I, too, own a SOG seal pup (elite).
Even with the steel, I like it.
Great camp utility. Could do survival.

However, my edc is a Benchmade Osborne.
(Never paid that much for a knife before.
Certainly not in grad school.)

Also own a Kabar,
and a bunch of other pointy things.

But wait, what was the question?

Oh, yeah, do you need another blade?

Yes.

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=68836&d=1197277519

Boats
February 24, 2008, 07:22 AM
Wait until you want something like a Chris Reeve Sebenza to get a full taste of how nuts wanting a knife can get. I have built up to wanting one of these left hand dedicated titanium bodied framelocks for years and last week I bought this one for $410.00, or about $10.00 less than my Ruger GP-100 cost me.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h198/HVBowman/salesebie2.jpg

http://shutter02.pictures.aol.com:80/data/pictures/14/00E/5F/F5/5E/9D/nH0-im7qtVl62o+eSa5Rh5204-I7blBd0300.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h198/HVBowman/salesebie5.jpg

Dionysusigma
February 24, 2008, 07:37 AM
... stop... stop it! :eek:

Cut that out right now! :uhoh:

Boats
February 24, 2008, 07:52 AM
Buck Custom Shop 110 Folding Hunter with a BG-42 blade, nickel silver bolsters, finger grooves and jigged Asian water buffalo horn scales. ~$116.00

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/Buck2007/HPIM3730.jpg

Buck 408 and 419 The Kalinga Pro and Folding Kalinga Pro ~$105.00 each

http://www.agrussell.com/var/storage/original/image/phpm2WKH8.jpg

Bark River Bravo-1~$165.00

http://www.dlttradingcompany.com/images/Bravo_1_Blk_Grn_Linen.jpg

So yes, you need more knives. You're just getting started.:evil:

Dionysusigma
February 24, 2008, 07:57 AM
:what: :banghead:

/babbling incoherently

In all honesty, I lean toward knives that are either 1) exceptionally useful (like my Fuse) or 2) are artistically strong in one (or more, for that matter) of four ways: art nouveau, art deco, steampunk, or cyberpunk.

Actually saw once a fixed-blade damascus with a tanto blade and printed circuit board for a handle.

Stainz
February 24, 2008, 08:02 AM
Get thee to a Wally World and see-ith a Buck 110 folding hunter for $25 and a Spyderco S30V Native for $40, both US-made - or a Vic SAK for $20, or a Kershaw Leek, Scallion, or Blur, or... it is an evil den of inequity (And a cheap/available place for some decent knives!).

There is a magic number of knives one must have - it is " n + 1", where n is an integer representing the sum of all knives owned and ordered. Very similar to S&W revolvers. Two recent epihanies in my life... when I got my first S&W, a 625MG in .45 Colt 8/02, and when I first saw the Buck Kalinga Pro - and finally got one - last fall.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_0275_edited.jpg

Stainz

PS Never, ever order a Bark River knife. They are actually alien seed pods that will infect your home, your life... they will grow, as your resources dwindle - and plastic debt skyrockets. Sure, they are super knives, but your life will be forever changed...

Zeke/PA
February 24, 2008, 10:17 AM
In the past couple of years,I bought every U.S. made Schrade that I could find for miles around.
I scored recently on a batch of Case XX's so I have quite an accumilation.
However, I'm always on the prowl to pick up "another one".
My daily carries range from a Case Mini Trapper to a Case Large Trapper in belt sheath.
I like the Barehead for my Sunday "go to meetin" carry.
And we can't forget the Sodbusters.
Yeah! I need another knife like I need another gun, like I need another camera etc.
Zeke

Valkman
February 24, 2008, 04:13 PM
Wait until you get into Striders! This one is about $400!

http://usera.imagecave.com/Valkman/XD45/Compact_SnG.jpg

Skofnung
February 24, 2008, 04:30 PM
Need has nothing to do with it.

Nematocyst
February 24, 2008, 05:05 PM
There is a magic number of knives one must have - it is " n + 1" ...That's really funny.

Boats, that Sebenza ranks among the most beautiful and classy knives I've ever seen.
(Said the basically country hick with little experience at knife shows.)

Boats
February 24, 2008, 05:51 PM
Thanks. It's a looker and tough as nails. The precision build of these things is absolutely sick.

ArfinGreebly
February 25, 2008, 02:57 AM
BTW . . .
Victorinox makes a really nice knife, but I don't like their can openers . . .
Yes, but the sister/competitor company, Wenger (the OTHER Swiss company authorized to make Swiss Army Knives), makes an SAK with a conventional "hook" style (open, pull toward) can opener.

I pretty much only buy the Wengers any more for that precise reason.
I have a couple of these:
http://www.wengerna.com/prod_images/16965E.jpg

Unless, of course, I can find a good Camillus for a decent price. Gettin' scarce, though.

Nematocyst
February 25, 2008, 04:35 AM
... the sister/competitor company, Wenger
(the OTHER Swiss company authorized to make Swiss Army Knives)...Ah, it seems those SAKs (http://www.wengerna.com/index.html) have evolved a bit ...

hso
February 25, 2008, 05:16 AM
The thing is that you can spend your money on lots of crappy knives or become particular about what you want. You can find quality knives at all sorts of prices ($18 Alox SAK Farmers to $1,500 customs).
http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=24013&d=1114441880

Nematocyst
February 25, 2008, 05:24 AM
... become particular about what you want. Words of wisdom.

NWdude83
March 2, 2008, 04:19 PM
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c83/NWguy83/Combo1.jpg

alaskanativeson
March 6, 2008, 01:56 AM
Wait until you want something like a Chris Reeve Sebenza to get a full taste of how nuts wanting a knife can get. I have built up to wanting one of these left hand dedicated titanium bodied framelocks for years and last week I bought this one for $410.00, or about $10.00 less than my Ruger GP-100 cost me.

Speaking about Chris Reeve, how about Aviator # 237 made by Chris when he was still in South Africa? I had it refinished by Chris, his wife Anne returned it to me along with a letter telling me a little of its history.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g235/Rodgersplace/IMG_0257.jpg

I have to agree, "need" is such a difficult thing to define. I don't NEED to have four Randall Made Knives in the sense that my eternal salvation depends on it but that doesn't mean that I don't still NEED them in another way.

rugerfreak
March 6, 2008, 04:28 AM
Recently had a knife stolen--BM Griptilian----while the loss of $60 or so grates on me to no end---the loss of the knife didn't---cause I have 5 more at home just like it.:uhoh:


Knives and guns are an addiction.

Nematocyst
March 6, 2008, 05:01 AM
Of COURSE You Need Another Knife!

Boats
March 6, 2008, 01:52 PM
I find that knives are way more addictive than are guns because I can carry and use a knife almost anywhere in America without any special precautions.

Way more bang for the buck in cutting things up than in shooting.

Hawk
March 6, 2008, 02:18 PM
Ever been on a Internet forum and read about knives?

Dang. That remark made me curious - I trundled off to check - my last post on Bladeforums was in August... of 2006.

Anyhow, to the OP: you definitely want those HI products. If you haven't handled one yet get prepared for a "cost-to-weight" epiphany. Yangdu is pleasant to deal with as well. Hang out at the HI forum at Bladeforums and check the feeding frenzy when the YBBs are posted. Much more fun than using the virtual store.

I discovered that neglecting Bladeforums doesn't stop knives from showing up - it's easy to forget I'm in Spyderco's collectors club which causes knives to show up seemingly of their own accord although I forgot to sign up for the muleteam - somebody else can report on how that goes.

ashtxsniper
March 6, 2008, 02:46 PM
Go to bladefurums.com and you will learn much.

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