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"Carl's Lounge" (Off-Topic Discussion, Traditional Knife "Tales & Vignettes")

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Chui

    Chui Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    - given the spa treatment a maker can give to one of his own well-looked-after knives, and how utterly brand spanking new it may appear, feel and work to anyone........perhaps it only remains to those who consider they need to be the very first to ever use the knife.....?

    There's also the thrill and experience of relating to the maker yourself and being the first owner of the creation.....that's what makes them extra special to me.

    However, if the maker tests my knife to ensure he's happy and sends it in pure freshened shape to me - am as happy as Larry - wouldn't think of it as used, as such.

    If others do, then that's fine too - we all have different ways of viewing these aspects of knife ownership
  2. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    If I buy a brand new car, I assume the engine has been started at least once since it left the assembly line. :D
  3. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    A number of years ago, I ordered a custom fixed blade from a fairly well known maker. I had a couple of his folders and liked the Loveless style knives he made. When it was delivered it had not been sharpened at all. When I called him, he said, "oh that happens some time". Didn't even reimburse me for postage, never ordered another one from him.
  4. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Got a Crocodile (well alligator perhaps?) watch-strap in the post today and it arrived with no holes. This I knew beforehand and I think is good as a lot of straps get punched too much, thus weakening them. Out comes the Vic Alox Farmer, nice neat work it made of the reptile hide :) I can't get 'bonded' to SAKs but the Farmer and others have proved really useful, time after time.

    Whats the slim SAK with 2 openers and 2 blades? Ken Kroll from Canada, who sadly seems to post no more, gave me one together with a Viper Spear Ebony as a present. Just amazing:thumbsup:
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  5. veitsi_poika


    Nov 25, 2016
    Nope... they roll it into the lot and just hand you the keys and cross their fingers :D
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  6. veitsi_poika


    Nov 25, 2016
    Punxsutawney Phil is full of crap... just ask my Dark-eyed Junco's and Fox Sparrow's hanging on for dear life! :eek:

    Wind.JPG FoxSparrow.JPG

    - Kevin
  7. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Thanks for the responses to my ramblings, folks. I certainly don't consider it a used knife, but I found my response to such a simple comment curious.

    Got something else on my mind, if folks wouldn't mind obliging. All the talk in the Trads and Shorts got me thinking. I wear cargo pants at work and cargo shorts when I wear shorts, but I'm growing tired of the stitching wearing out on what is essentially just another piece of cloth sewn onto the outside of pants. Can anyone recommend cargo pants/shorts that have an actual pocket inside the leg? I believe Dockers makes a pair but are there other, possibly "tougher", options? Thanks, Porchotonians.
  8. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Duluth Trading Co. Tough but pricey
  9. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Thanks, Alan! I'll take a look. I've been wearing Carhartt Rip Stop and Wrangler Riggs Rip Stop for the last few years, and while the Rip Stop holds up against abrasions with steel and concrete, their pockets always seem to be the first to give out.
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  10. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    We just dodged an ice storm. The rain and cold timed themselves compassionately.
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  11. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Dickey's canvas pants from wally world. $24. I've found them to be much tougher and longer lasting than the current offerings from Carhartt and Wrangler. Just check that all belt loops are present before purchase.
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  12. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I don't know if anyone, apart from me, has been wondering about the knives of my table, but...

    Table 15-4-17.JPG

    Boy, do I have my work cut out! :eek:

    Sorry, there wasn't room for all the other stuff I've picked up :(
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  13. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Wonderful as usual. I like the pipe knife, the bare-head bones, the sleeveboard, the funny cap-lifter thing on the bottom,...
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  14. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    If there's a heaven, this is what yard sales would look like, instead of just worn out shoes and VHS tapes..
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  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Jer, I had to stand on a chair to take the pic! :D I'm actually buying less knives than I used to, but my plan to move them off of my kitchen table into boxes, until I had time to fettle them, worked about as well as I suspected it would! :rolleyes: :D :thumbsup:

    LOL! Thanks :D :thumbsup:
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  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I've just stared a bit at those knives on the kitchen table, scratched my head, had a cough, and then decided on the best course of action, something which unites the people of this island with our neighbours across the Irish tea, I'm going to have a cup of tea and think about it! :D :thumbsup:
  17. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    That's the exact same thing I'm doing! Except it's my garden I'm thinking about and I'm drinking coffee because I'm A 'merican. :D

    It could take all day.
  18. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    If those pass muster they're MUCH cheaper. Duluth is too high IMO.
  19. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Cool, I had my 'Americano' earlier ;) :D :thumbsup:
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  20. Cambertree

    Cambertree Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    Nice one, Will.:thumbsup: I've been mightily impressed by the speed with which the alox awl bores nice, clean edged, concentric holes, too. A really useful tool. Apart from general scrapey-pokey duty, the last few things I've used mine for were

    - spearing corn on the cob out of a pot of simmering water, then piercing the end to hold it while eating it.

    - making drainage holes in a bunch of large plastic pots for repotting chilli pepper plants into.

    - boring holes into jacket potatoes then placing a sliver of garlic in them, before wrapping them in foil and putting them in campfire coals. (I clean it well before using it on food.) Beats pricking them with a fork, especially when you don't have a fork.

    I think the two bladed SAK with bottle and can opener/flat and phillips head driver, and two blades might be the Recruit. My Recruit is the knife I've owned the longest out of all the knives I still have. I think my brothers gave it to me in my late teens. It was 'mah pocketknife' for years, before I really got into knives. It's funny what you say about not bonding with SAKs. I agree, although I recently noticed that I wasn't using the Recruit as a tool anymore, for fear of losing it. Now, a new replacement one would cost me all of $20, but it still 'wouldn't be the same'.

    Every now and then, I buy second hand SAKs to sharpen and refurbish, and give away - I notice a lot of the time, they are used until the blades are dulled and then sold. I rarely see ones which have had any attempt at resharpening done. Well, I was pleased to pick up a job lot of a Recruit, along with a Pioneer and Classic last week. Now I have a Recruit I can use (it'll probably go into a backpack pocket or end up with one of my nephews), while my identical well used Recruit will become a safe queen. Sentiment's a funny thing, eh?

    Great pic mate.:thumbsup: What's the story with that SAK leather pouch, with the fold out tools?

    Ha, spot on! Every Richards or Ulster knife I see here, usually has a price tag that indicates the owner must think they have some rare collectors gem!:eek::D
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