Am I doing something wrong?

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Over the last few months I've purchased multiple folding and fixed blade knives for the upcoming hunting season. My sons and I are anticipating the first day that just happens to be Labor Day.
With all the choices I have I still reach for the same 25 year old shotgun, my 17 year old Puma clip point fixed blade knife and either my old Camillus cigar jack knife or my old Case dogleg trapper.
My question to all of you is do any of you find yourselves in this "comfort zone" where no matter what you buy new for your hunting or hiking plans that you always go back to what just "feels right"?
I hope to hear and see what just "feels right".
God Bless and thanks in advance.
Tracy

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No you are not. Just remember, a new knife gets lonely in the draw. Take her out and try out your new blade. A knife is made to be used. It's very hard to not take out your old favorites though. Do what I do, take several knives into the field with you.
 
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No you are not. Just remember, a new knife gets lonely in the draw. Take her out and try out your new blade. A knife is made to be used. It's very hard to not take out your old favorites though. Do what I do, take several knives into the field with you.

What rick said.:thumbup:
 
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Nah, don't worry about it.

If it feels right, it probably feels right for a reason. Why mess with success?

Feel free to stop by the traditional knives forum. Sounds like you'd fit right in :D.
 

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familiarity can override small objective differences. even though a new knife may have a better steel or a better shape or some fancy openeing device, what works for you works for you. its sort of like a professional painter who likes to use animal hair brushes even though synthetic brushes hold paint better.
 
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There is nothing wrong with you at all! If that is what you are comfortable with using, then by all means use it! Not everyone needs to have the newest super steel and tacticool blade.
 
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I tend to rely heavily on my Spyderco/Byrd folder... That is until it was lost on Monday (fell into the road, I drove off... whoops). This week I've been using a Carbon V fixed blade I made from a Cold Steel Sure Strike thrower. For some things I do on a weekly basis, this knife just feels better & works better. I made the knife a while ago but I never really used it until now. It was always supposed to be my "camping knife" or whatnot. Sometimes it's good to throw familiarity to the floor, other times it's not. I'm still going to pick up a new folder since it's hard to walk around LA with a 5" fixed blade exposed without being a smidgen imposing ;).

That said, use the right tool for the job. If your "old" knives work for you better (or the same and you simply prefer them) after trying out the new ones, then I don't think anyone would look down on you for sticking with them.
 

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familiarity can override small objective differences.
And that's the story.

You have to take a new knife out and scuff it up, get it into the middle of the job, even if you're not familiar enough with it yet to find it works as well for you.

After that initiation, you may warm to it.
 
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I have many newer and better knives but I still go for my Ka-Bar and Vic Huntsman most of the time.
Some of my knives sit in their box for a long time without ever seeing proper use, but once I try them out they quickly become regular users
 
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Thanks all for your input. I forgot to mention and image that I always carry a Spyderco Cenotfante 3 or Endura everywhere I go.
Guess I'm not as goofy as I think. Thanks for the reassurance.
God Bless
Tracy
 
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I'm similar, and will carry my same three knives every day until I lose them or they fall apart.

Doesn't matter at all that I own 300 others, and more coming all the time. Doesn't matter that there are much 'better' knives available. Doesn't matter that these three are getting a little dirty and worn. None of that matters at all...

It would be a complete waste to ~not~ carry them every day, since they're perfectly functional and already marred by use.
 
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Familiarity and comfort level is important, but keep in mind that there may be a trade off between sticking with the ol' trusty rusty and giving the newfangled gizmo a chance (and possibly benefiting from new designs/technologies/materials). And, it's OK to go back and forth. For a golf analogy... how many times have Vijay Singh or Phil Mickelson put different putters in their bags? Sometimes the new one feels right, other times it's an old one (although I always say, "it's not the arrows, it's the Indian"!). Conversely, (I believe) Tiger Woods has used the same Scotty Cameron putter (with an OLD SCHOOL Ping grip!!) his entire professional career, and he's pretty decent!!! :D
 
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