Info-mercials, Ronco, dicing & slicing, and confession time

Aug 24, 1999
OK it's confession time.

Have you ever been watching one of those info-mercials or late-night TV ads about the latest wonder knife . . . and whipped out your VISA?

I'm not ordained, you understand, but sometimes, even if it's just to other knife junkies, confession is good for the soul.

It's OK, you can tell us . . .

I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer THAT to their being educated by the state.
Uncle Bill,

I don't know if this counts, but there was one of those infomercial ladies at my local Wal Mart selling GINSU knives. That's right; Ginsu's right in the middle of the isle! I think it was a "Sams Choice" circut rider. Anyhow, the claim was made that this was a knife that would NEVER, that's right NEVER need sharpening. Well, I'm pretty gulible, but this was no ceramic blade, and of course the thing would eventually need sharpening. After wasting about 20 minutes of watching her chop up a cutting board and saw through tin cans like they were made of.....well, thin cheap tin, she did the tomato test. She dropped the tommato and WOW , I could hardly believe my eyes!!!!!! It bounced right off the edge of the blade onto the floor...

I got a genuine Ginsu paring knife from her, and did it need sharpened, you ask? Of course it did. But the edge did hold up a long time considering how many tin cans I cut up first
. Didn't have the guts to try the cutting board. If she had used a 20" AK Khukuri to do the same that would have been fun to watch.

Maybe we should ask Cliff Stamp if he wants to do a torture test of the GINSU paring knife? What do you think, Uncle Bill. Maybe we could compare its chopping ability to the 20" AK, Busse , Cold Steel Trail Master. I'll donate the GINSU.

"But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip; and he that hath no sword let him sell his garment and buy one." -Jesus Christ (Luke 22:36) See John 3:15- 18

OK I'll confess too.

It was steak knives, the kind that come FREE with those door-to-door pots and pans!

Come on guys! She was cute . . .

I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer THAT to their being educated by the state.
Never the infomercial guys, but you know those Boris Vallejo Frankin Mint knives? Well, turns out there's a whole set...
I'm confessing for a friend here...he thinks he did nothing wrong!
He ordered one of those "50 knives for $20" deals from Home Shopping! The gall!

Well the knife gods were not pleased...first injury came when a crappy liner lock folded on a finger (luckily the thing was about as sharp as one's slow cousin's wit) and the second injury occured when he was cutting off a wrist band from a club and some drunken person bumped his guessed it...1.5" into his wrist. No major damage, just a vicious looking scar.
What? Nobody else here willing to confess ordering "The Official Largemouth Bass Collector Knife" from the Franklin Mint ad on the back of your USA Weekend newspaper insert?

Or a complete set of GINSU?

I guess it's just me keeping these companies in business year after year . . .

I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer THAT to their being educated by the state.
The great thing about BladeForums is that you can learn about knives before buying them. Learning about knives has also taught me something about various metals, steels and alloys.
I recently started playing golf and was surprised at how stupid consumers of golf products are. Titanium is used on club faces because it is "harder than steel". Some clubs advertise that they contain "bullet stopping metal", but, of course, they won't tell you what that metal is. Maybe someone should start a GolfForum.
Ti is popping up in all sorts of industries now that its use is no longer restricted and industry is getting a handle on its machining properties. It's actually some sort of "fad metal." Credit cards that offer better deals than "platinum" are now being called "titanium"! LOL - as if it weren't a cheap, extremely common metal.

We knife nuts are lucky - Ti's been in use in the knife industry (especially handmades) for quite a bit longer than most other non-military industries and we have the "straight skinny" on it. I was checking out titanium eyeglasses and the salesperson got all flustered when I asked what grade they were using. Same goes for looking at Ti watches (which are darn light and very tough, BTW). I like to tell non-knife folks that I work with Ti just 'cause they start getting all goggle-eyed like I'm an astronaut or something.

Anyhow, back on topic, I haven't ordered any knives from infomercials but I do have a few shop devices like large abrasive cutoff wheels from them. Kinda handy, actually.

Drew; actually the 'Accuflex' series of frames, with 'Flexon,' are terrific. I have three sets of them, and they are very light, and tend to hold their bend so that they don't lose their fit to your face. You can take a temple piece and flex it around your finger 360 degrees, and it will snap right back into place. You should give them a try. Walt