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Do you use every knife you own?

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  1. Old Dog

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    Pretty much where I'm at.

    Was looking through my collection a few days ago and found my beloved Ka-Bar and realized that I've never used it for anything, not even opening a box …

    Like FL-NC, while I was in the military, I succumbed to the lure of top-end knives, but then realized that for what I was using them for (and the likelihood of damage or loss), I was better off going with the cheaper commercial purpose-built knives by Cold Steel, SOG, Gerber and Benchmade, though my most used knife has been an original Leatherman.

    FL-NC also seems to own my favorite Emerson ...
     
  2. DDDWho

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    I have a Buck 120 (General) I bought in 1982 for $30 at a gun show. It has never been used or sharpened.

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  3. MacAR

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    Unfortunately, I don't use them all. I carry a Case Trapper-lock everyday, and usually a 70's Case redbone Stockman. Sometimes switch up and carry a Sodbuster or Barlow in addition to the Trapper-lock. When I'm on the farm, I usually leave it in the house and carry a Buck 110 and the aforementioned Stockman or, occasionally, a Hawkbill when pruning trees. I have about 50 Case knives that don't get carried, and some that are still in the box. Just can't bring myself to carry them when an old friend like my Stockman or Sodbuster is setting right next to them on the shelf. Those old knives have personality about them, and I find myself carrying the old "users" more than the new ones.

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  4. CapnMac

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    I'd need at least eight more arms, and thus, none of my shirts would fit any more.
     
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  5. Valkman

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    Not nearly!
     
  6. 40-82

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    Never believe you just might not use that specialty blade. Many years ago in college, I studied fencing. These past years, fencing to me means hammer and stretchers, not the foil resting unused on the top of an old wardrobe.

    Despite that early training, I don't ever carry any kind of sword. If it comes to that, I'd use my six-gun. Sure, a blade will be on me somewhere, but not as a primary weapon.

    A little while back, one of the bats in the attic got loose in my bedroom, as they are wont to do. I picked up the foil. Had it been a duel, I would have lost. I'm not as fast as a bat. He evaded me every time. What got him was tactics. His radar couldn't handle the backstroke.

    Those many years ago I had a schedule conflict between an advanced calculus class and foil fencing. I told the math professor that while I love your class it has nothing to do with my life. The day will come when I need the confidence in my ability to handle the blade.
     
  7. 460Shooter

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    No. I own way too many knives. It's why I stopped buying them.
     
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  8. Browning

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    I’ve used all the knives I own for at least some period of time. That might be a few months or it might be a decade. Just depends.

    After that period of time they go in my knife box. Some get revisited quite often (the Al Mar Sere or the ZT), some have been in that box ever since.

    Knives are kind of like tattoos, they mark a period of time where I was doing this thing or that thing. They’re a personal possession that I’m always going to have on me. I’m not going to keep the shirt, pants, shoes/boots or keys from when I first went hunting, got out of EMT school way back when, Medic school or when my son was born, but I can tell you what knife I was carrying.
     
  9. If1HitU

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    Nope I don't use every knife I own,not even close .I have my EDC i use.:thumbup:
     
  10. chameleonbear

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    I have used every knife I have, unless it was a multiple of a knife, of which I have very few. However I do have my favorites that see more use than others.
     
  11. herrwalther

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    I have every knife that I have ever bought, been gifted, found or otherwise received since I was 4 years old in a Rubbermaid storage container on the top of my safe. Anything that doesn't fit in there is scattered in various drawers around the house. Not every knife gets used regularly, as I have close to 100 in there. I have some knives with very little practical use. For example I have a M1 Korean bayonet. Not much regular, every day use for something like that.
     
  12. newfalguy101

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    I dont even use a knife everyday.....

    I carry a cheap knife everyday that gets used for, well, everything....cutting plastic banding...cardboard..scraping weld splatter...

    It takes a beating and dulls almost as quickly as it takes an edge, but, when it goes MIA or breaks....like my work knives tend to do, I wont lose any sleep over it.

    I have lots of knives, most are in my drawer...I find, I buy, and I move on to the next
     
  13. JShirley

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    No, I have some very nice or antique knives that are never used.

    I have, for instance, a barong that was presented by a warlord to an army officer in the early 1900s. There is no reason I need to use that for any work.
     
  14. KevininPa

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    Only a knife and firearm owner can read that phase without taking it in a warped way. ;)
     
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  15. KevininPa

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    I have in my usual rotation, these models:

    Case Sharktooth
    Lakota Li'l Hawk
    CRKT Natural
    CRKT Kit Carson #4
    And a plethora of Opinels. The oldest being a # 8 at being over 25 years of ownership and heavy use.

    All these knives get used.

    Also have a Buck 110 Elite auto waiting at the post office. Mail was on hold during our vacation. It will be used also.
    All my knives get used. Stems back to my butcher days in my late teens before I joined the Navy. Still have those knives as well.

    Also have one of those $19 kukris that's a workhorse in the yard since I live in the woods. A Boker Navy Mark 1 and an Ontario Spec Plus Navy knife. The Ontario I've had over fifteen years or thereabouts. Not the new one.

    Newer ones are the AG Russel Sting and Boot Knife. Boot Knife gets used a lot, Sting gets carried a lot. Strangely enough, the Boot Knife comes with a belt sheath. But it rides nicely in the Sting clip boot sheath. Actually a useful fixed blade.

    The only knife that gets used little, mainly only around people who know me, is my AKC Italian stilleto. Can't carry those in Pa. And yes, for those are actually reading the post, I know about the Buck Elite. Also not legal to carry. But what can I say, it's a Buck 110 auto? You have to own that! Here in Pa, we can own, not carry. We're working on that. Might end up in the rotation. It's not like it stands out like a 6 inch stilleto.
     
  16. KevininPa

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    That knife is just screaming "PLEASE CUT SOMETHING WITH ME!"
     
  17. D.B. Cooper

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    I'm of the same school. With all my tools. (Guns. Knives. Tools.) That said, as with my tools, I have knives that are for certain tasks. I can go a year or more between doing those tasks, so many of my knives, and all of my other tools, may go years without use. However, when I need one, I have one, and I use it. (It is very difficult to explain to family members why I seem to store so many tools.)
     
  18. Spats McGee

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    I don't use all of my knives. I really liked knives as a teenager, but between being an exchange student and going to college, I got out of the habit of carrying one. Being in and out of courthouses every day hasn't really changed that. Still, I'd been thinking over the past few months that I miss carrying a knife, so I recently dug out all of my pocket knives that I could find, which was 7 or 8. From the feel of things, I've got a lot of sharpening to do.
     
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  19. Madcap_Magician

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    I don't use every knife I own. I have some that are purely collector items, because I really like knives, but honestly my kitchen knives and pocket knife see the most use. I like knives for historical or aesthetic reasons or because I think they'll appreciate in value, not only for practical reasons, and sometimes purchase them even if I don't have a conceivable practical use for them.

    I have recently gotten into good kitchen knives. It is a bit strange to have a couple thousand dollars worth of knives that I don't use, but still use Chicago Cutlery kitchen knives every day. I'm looking to upgrade those gradually.

    The pocket knife is a Benchmade Griptilian, but an upgraded dealer exclusive in carbon fiber with brass barrel spacers and M390 blade. I specifically bought it secondhand with an off-center blade because I knew that way I wouldn't have a problem carrying and using it.
     
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  20. Stevie-Ray

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    Not even close. The one that gets used the most is my EDCK, a Leatherman Micra. I still haven't found anything handier. When on the trail I carry something bigger, but that's all.
     
  21. Mikhail Weiss

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    Yes I do. But some get used a lot more than others.
     
  22. Blade First

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    Excuse the double tap...
     
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  23. Blade First

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    Good for you...and congratulations in advance! Have had many EDCs but my Sebenza is the best I have ever carried. You won't be sorry to buy it and happy to use it.
     
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  24. RA40

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    I enjoy using this one for photo practice. As for actual cutting, no. This came back to me after 4 years of waiting for adoption from a local knife shop. Such a beautiful knife and well crafted but it didn't find a wanting home.

    Jim was a great guy. At one point we'd hoped for the wife to get some engraving lessons but his health had taken a turn.

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  25. bannockburn

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    Sorry to hear about your friend's health problems. He certainly knew how to make a very nice lockback knife.
     
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