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The Wait Is Over. From this thread, orders for the 2023 BladeForums Traditional Knife are open & here's your handy order button. OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS $200 ea, one per household, must have been a member prior to 3/2023
It`s not fancy or expensive but my EDMF Trench Bowie takes the cake. I just love to watch people`s eyes bug out when I grab the black D guard grip and slide the 12"blued blade out of the sheath. That`s usually followed be "Holy... or Son of a ... or just F.....!"and then "Keep that thing away from me!" Heh,heh heh,if that doesn`t pump yer ego up I don`t know what will.
I agree with James -- a knife that you made yourself, or even just modified, induces more of a good feeling than anything you just bought. Or even if you only designed it and had it made for you -- I imagine Jim March must feel pretty good about the Outsider; I know I would if I had designed it. Same with Donna and Voodoo Child.
On second thought, though, I think the biggest ego boost I ever got from a knife was from the first one I honed to a shaving edge. That was a great feeling. It still is a great feeling! So you don't have to learn to make or design knives to get an ego boost -- all you have to do is learn to hone a razor edge. It impresses other people, too, when you demonstrate, but even if you never show anyone you can shave the hair on your arm, *you* know.
I agree with James also, The first knife I worked on was an old ka-bar it was rusted and pitted with the leather grip in very bad shape. I polished it up to a mirror finish, put on a new grip, I couldn't stop playing with it, it sure boosted my ego!
Except I didn't just design the knife, I designed the sheath too. There's a thread on that in Shop Talk, the design ideas for the sheath that are from me (sideways draw, "lack of belt loop") are released "public domain".